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With the generous support of a grant from the Helios Education Foundation, the office of Student Transition and Persistence is able to provide assistance to UT students in various ways. Once a student has been identified as being part of the Helios Scholars program, we provide support from the transition into UT through to the student’s graduation. The services and scholarships available to students vary from student-to-student within the Helios Scholars Program and change as they progress through their degrees.

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How do we select students for the Helios Scholars program?

Students who entered UT between Spring 2011 and Spring 2015 are identified as eligible for the Helios Scholar program if they meet the criteria of:

  • Being a Florida resident
  • Being members of underrepresented populations and/or first generation college students
  • Being one of 65 majors that relate to science, technology, education or mathematics; or are undeclared.

Although the grant from the Helios Foundation ended in Summer 2015, the students currently enrolled in the Helios Scholars program will continue to receive the same financial and programmatic support until they graduate from the University. The new version of the program begins with students admitted in Summer/Fall 2015 and is called the Success Scholars program.

What are the different programmatic components of the Helios/Success Scholars program?

  • Connection to a peer mentor called a SPEAR (Spartan Peer Educating About Resources)
  • Availability of a graduate academic coach
  • Opportunities to participate in faculty lunch-and-learns to connect with faculty outside of the classroom
  • Invitations to First Fridays events, which are off-campus experiences that explore various careers and industries
  • Specially designed events that encourage connections with faculty, academic achievement, diversity awareness, community engagement and Spartan pride
  • Work-study positions; eligibility based on financial need and position availability

What are the different financial components of the Helios/Success Scholars program?

Active Success Scholars with unmet financial need may be eligible for additional financial support, including:

  • The Success Scholars Work Study award, which grants access to apply for on-campus positions created specifically for Success Scholars
  • Merit-based/need-based grants
  • Textbook support
  • Funding assistance for participation in Alternative Spring Break trips and UT Travel Courses
  • Funding assistance for summer courses that aid in degree progression
  • Funding assistance for participation in student leadership conferences

Academic Year 2015-2016 SPEAR’s and Graduate Student Coaches

Graduate Student Coaches
Richard Barrow
Chengyan Lin
Cristiane Rocha Vicentini 
Ayeza Zafar 

SPEARs
Kalle Emerson
Torey Dunlap
Nancy Ho-Nguyen
Catherine Matenje
Ranjana Naik
Onyekachi Osuji
Gabrielle Saycocie
Camila Swift
Taryn Taylor
Katie Traurig