EDINBURG, Texas – One of the top education events of the year in the Rio Grande Valley occurred in October when UT-Rio Grande Valley announced a one-of-a-kind, merit-based scholarship program – the Luminary Scholarship – for undergraduate students.

The new scholarship program was made possible thanks to a $40 million gift to UTRGV earlier in the year from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said the Luminary Scholarship would be highly competitive. He predicted it would allow UTRGV to retain and attract the best and brightest students in the Valley and beyond.

“We are so grateful to MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for their landmark gift to UTRGV that helped us create this unique scholarship program,” Bailey said. “This scholarship will go a long way in helping many students, their families and the Rio Grande Valley community.”

The scholarship program will cover the following:

  • Full tuition and fees for all four undergraduate years.
  • University housing for the first two academic years of college.
  • Full tuition and fees for up to four years for the professional or undergraduate program to which the student was provisionally admitted, including the UTRGV School of Medicine and the School of Podiatry.

In addition, the scholarship recipients, or Luminary Scholars, as they have been dubbed, will sign a pledge to work in the Valley for each year beyond their undergraduate education that is funded. That means athree-year graduate or professional program would require a three-year commitment to work in the Valley post-graduation.

The attached podcast features an interview about the Luminary Scholarship program with Dr. Guy Bailey and UT System Student Regent Thuy Dan “Mimi” Nguyen.


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