Helios Program

With the generous support of a grant from the Helios Education Foundation, 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 to UT through 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?

Incoming students are identified as eligible for the Helios Scholar program if they meet the criteria of:

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

What are the different components of the Helios 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 luncheons and events that encourage connections with faculty, academic achievement, diversity awareness, community engagement and Spartan Pride
  • Scholarship opportunities based on unmet need
  • Work-study positions eligibility based on financial need and position availability

What does this mean for you?

You may be eligible for additional financial support including:

  • The Helios Work Study award which grants you access to apply for on-campus positions created specifically for Helios eligible students. 
  • Merit-Based/Need-Based Grants
  • Textbook Support 
  • Funding for participation in Alternative Spring Break Trips and UT Travel Courses.
  • Funding for participation in Student Leadership Conferences.    

Academic Year 2014-2015 SPEAR’s and Student Success Specialists

Student Success Specialists
Federico Chang
Oladimeji Oladipo
Pamela Borja
Rashi Mittal
Tina Kakade

Aleyssia Sewell
Camila Swift
Caysie Usman
Elise Servi
Jessica Mack
Kalle Emerson
Katie Killebrew
Katie Traurig 
Nancy Ho Nguyen 
Ranjana Naik
Robert Campbell
Rodrina Henriquez
Sierra Sharp
Taryn Taylor