Scholarships help UT students change the world.
Students at The University of Texas at Austin have changed the world for more than 125 years. One factor that helps attract the best undergraduate and graduate students — regardless of financial circumstances — is endowed scholarships.
What sets endowed scholarships apart from other types of financial assistance? In a nutshell, gifts given as endowments are invested and never spent, so the dividends become scholarship awards year after year. Scholarships from these endowments allow students to concentrate on world-changing research and academics.
In fact, last year alone UT awarded 8,106 separate endowed scholarships and fellowships to students, 1,907 of which were held by graduating students who earned their degrees.
Here is the last in a five-part series profiling some of UT’s inspiring endowed scholarship recipients.
BS Engineering ’12
Mexico City native Guillermo Hernandez always had a knack for math. He also grew up tinkering with engines because his father owns a bus company, so engineering was a natural fit when he decided on a college major.
Unfortunately, he didn’t make it into UT’s program on the first try.
However, persistence and focus are also qualities Hernandez embraces, so after two years at The University of Texas-San Antonio, he was able to transfer to UT Austin’s engineering program.
He’s been a shining star since.
Hernandez joined the national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi during his second year on campus, and he led a three-member team that designed and built a portable wind turbine for the Alternative Energy Challenge. They won first place and $1,000.
Thanks to this success, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He began his master’s work at UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering in the fall, continuing his work in alternative energy.
“As a professional engineer one of my goals is to use my knowledge for the benefit of society,” Hernandez says.
Because of endowed scholarship awards, Hernandez’s tuition and expenses were paid, which allowed him to focus on research.
“Instead of having to get an extra job or do something that isn’t related to my major,” he says, “It gave me the opportunity to put all my effort toward studies.
“All of this was possible only with the contribution of my scholarship. It was not only an investment in my education, but it is an investment for society.”
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