Introducing the Dean's Promising Scholars

Photo of Sarah Chong, Alejandro "A.J." Sanchez, Leslie Aguilera, and Manuel "Manny" Sandoval
From left to right: Sarah Chong, Alejandro “A.J.” Sanchez, Leslie Aguilera, and Manuel “Manny” Sandoval, four of the inaugural cohort of Dean’s Promising Scholars

The college is pleased to announce the launch of the Dean’s Promising Scholars, the college’s first four-year, full-tuition scholarship program for undergraduate students who show tremendous academic and leadership promise, and who demonstrate the potential for service to the community and a desire to improve the lives of others.

“We believe deeply in the transformative power of education,” says Dean Charles R. Martinez Jr. “It’s clear to us that these young scholars share our commitment to being agents of change and the dedication to ensuring children, families, schools, and communities thrive.”

Sarah Chong is among eight undergraduate students from across Texas chosen for the program. “This scholarship will allow me to concentrate my time on my schoolwork rather than worrying about finances, and for that, I am extremely grateful. I found my passion for teaching while working with kids at my church and in my community. Being able to personally witness the change of attitude in a student brought me joy, and I realized that I wanted to pursue a major in early childhood education,” she says. “Attending UT feels like a dream. I’m looking forward to learning how to be an influence to others, the way past teachers have been to me.”

The program will help recruit and retain the best and brightest students from Texas and beyond.