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Scholarships - Executive MBA


The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) awards some merit-based scholarships to graduate students in Fall and Spring semesters. Each scholarship may have specific requirements based on the purpose of the scholarship, however, the JSOM Graduate Scholarship Committee will consider applicants for all available scholarships.

Scholarship requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • academic performance
  • anticipated graduation date
  • graduate program of study
  • residency
  • leadership
  • community service
  • work experience
  • level of student organization involvement.

Listed below are six scholarships honoring faculty, staff and alumni of the Executive MBA Program.


EMBA Class of 2011 Scholarship

Members of the Executive MBA Class of 2011 and a matching gift from the Naveen Jindal School of Management established this endowed scholarship to provide an annual award to qualified, full-time undergraduate students within the school. One of the qualifications is that the student, to continue the class legacy of philanthropy, must show an affinity for community service.

The idea of establishing a scholarship was a natural fit for the 2011 class, which had already displayed a passion for philanthropy during the 21-month program. “This is a remarkably generous gesture,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, JSOM dean and Caruth Chair. “While this is our 18th EMBA class, they are the first to leave their legacy in the form of an endowed scholarship.” Their first scholarship was awarded in 2012.

Donations to EMBA Class of 2011 Scholarship fund can be made online at giving.utdallas.edu/emba

Availability: Awarded in the Fall Semester

Award: $1,000 (one-time) tuition credit during scholarship award period.

Criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA at UT Dallas
  • Verifiable credentials of having served honorably in the U.S. Military or having performed volunteer community service
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Additional application requirements:

In 400 words or less, describe your community service or your military service.

Past Recipients

2014-2015 Academic Year

Melvin (Mel) Lopez, $1,000. Mel graduated from UT Dallas in December 2014 majoring in business administration and began his MBA degree immediately. Mel proudly served in the U.S. Marines for 13 years before arriving at UT Dallas. On campus, he volunteers through the Veteran Services Center by helping other veterans who are considering going back to school after military service. He is actively involved in the Dean’s Council, Phi Beta Lambda and the Society for Human Resource Management. Mel is married with one child and recently joined Southwest Airlines.

2013-2014 Academic Year

Marshall Martin, $1,000. Marshall received the EMBA Class of 2011 scholarship during his junior year as an accounting major. Prior to attending UT Dallas, he served in the U.S. Army for five years, where he achieved rank of specialist and received eight accolades for military accomplishment, including the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal in 2011. Marshall, a father of two young children, maintained a 3.5 GPA and full course load. He graduated in December 2014.

2012-2013 Academic Year

Mohammad Raza, $1,000. Mohammad was honored to be the first student awarded the EMBA Class of 2011 Scholarship. Mohammad is originally from India but spent most of his youth in Plano, Texas. He graduated from Plano East High School in 2009 and began taking classes at Collin County Community College before transferring to UT Dallas. In 2013, Mohammad graduated from UT Dallas majoring in management information systems and accounting. During his time as a JSOM student, he was involved in student organizations including the UTD Investment Club, UT Dallas Institute of Internal Auditors Student Chapter , Dean’s Council and Students in Free Enterprise (now Enactus). As a SIFE member, he worked on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project, partnering with United Way to prepare tax returns for low-income families in South Dallas. He volunteers regularly with his mosque in Plano.

David Springate Scholarship

Named after Dr. David Springate, the founder of the Executive MBA program at the Jindal School of Management. This fund provides support to graduate students.

Donations to David Springate Scholarship fund can be made online at giving.utdallas.edu/emba

Application Deadline: Fall Semester, May 20th.

Award: $1,000 (one-time) tuition credit during scholarship award period.

Requirements, Terms & Conditions:

  • Full-time or part-time graduate students, including EMBA students.
  • Students are eligible for this award only once in an academic year.
  • Scholarship award is non-renewable and cannot be stacked or combined.

Past Recipients

2015 – 2016 Academic Year

Vu Nguyen and Sabrina Ahmed from the UT Dallas‪ ‎EMBA‬ Class of 2016 were awarded the Springate Scholarship.‬

Ruben “Ben” Mesa, EMBA ’15 Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by a fundraising effort led by the Executive MBA 2015 class in memory of their classmate, Ruben “Ben” Mesa. Ben, a dedicated father to Zachary and Aidan, died in a boating accident two weeks after his spring 2015 graduation. Ben’s family and classmates hope that this scholarship will inspire future JSOM students.

Donations to Ruben “Ben” Mesa, EMBA ’15 Memorial Scholarship fund can be made online at giving.utdallas.edu/emba

Award: Not Currently Available

Requirements, Terms & Conditions:

  • New or continuing JSOM graduate students
  • Cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.5
  • Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or international students
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years work experience and/or military service following the completion of their undergraduate degree
  • Applicants must maintain enrollment of 6 semester credit hours during scholarship award period, excluding periods of internship and degree completion
  • All applicants must provide proof of financial need. U.S. citizens and permanent residents must have FAFSA on file at UT Dallas and international students must provide a financial need statement from the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office
  • Applicants must submit current resume
Gigi Edwards Bryant Champions Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Gigi Edwards Bryant in support JSOM students. Gigi is a graduate of the Global Leadership MBA Program Class of 2002.

Availability: Awarded in the Fall Semester.

Award: $1,000 (one-time) tuition credit during scholarship award period.

Requirements, Terms & Conditions:

  • Applicants must be full-time or part-time students.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA at UT Dallas.
  • Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or international students.
  • All applicants must provide proof of financial need. U.S. citizens and permanent residents must have FAFSA on file at UT Dallas and international students must provide a financial need statement from the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office.
  • Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to applicants who have previously been in a foster care and/or have made a positive impact in the lives of children in the foster care system through volunteerism, advocacy or similar activities.
  • Scholarship award is non-renewable and cannot be stacked or combined.

Additional Application Requirements:

In 400 words or fewer, describe your experience in foster care advocacy, volunteerism similar activity.

Jasper H. Arnold III EMBA Endowed Fellowship

This fellowship fund was established by various donors in honor of Dr. Jasper Arnold II, former director of the Executive MBA program in JSOM.

Availability: Awarded in the Fall Semester.

Award: $1,000 (one-time) tuition credit during scholarship award period.

Requirements, Terms & Conditions:

  • Applicants must be full-time or part-time graduate students.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA at UT Dallas.
  • Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or international students.
  • Scholarship award is non-renewable and cannot be stacked or combined.
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