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Mission, Vision & Values

Our Charge

The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF) provides information about nationally competitive funding opportunities and associated application processes through online and printed resources, information sessions, workshops, presentations, and individual, targeted advising. Members of ONSF mentor students through rigorous application processes, providing general support in identifying relevant opportunities, guiding students through the application process, and facilitating campus endorsement procedures when relevant. The ONSF collaborates with faculty, staff, departments, colleges, and units across campus to identify and support prospective undergraduate scholars.

Our Vol Vision

The ONSF affects the academic experience of UT undergraduates, encouraging them to take every advantage afforded them as members of a top-tier research institution. Students’ experiences on campus, in their community, and around the world expand their vision of themselves and of their potential to become contributing members and leaders in a global community. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, ONSF aims to establish a culture of rigorous undergraduate scholarship worthy of national recognition and in keeping with UT’s Top 25 vision. ONSF seeks to encourage students to expect the best of themselves; applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities is an integral part of living up to those expectations.

Our Values

UT students are the principal priority of the ONSF. Every effort made by ONSF is connected to the hopes, dreams, and personal vision of the individual student. ONSF recognizes the import of the scholarship process as one that compels significant critical reflection, the clarification of ambitions, strategic planning, and building crucial and lasting relationships with faculty, staff, and peers. The scholarship application process is valued not for its outcome but for the invaluable insight it can provide for each student as they engage with their university, local, national, and global communities. Finally, ONSF places great value on collaboration, recognizing the primacy of partnership in identifying and supporting undergraduates through the application processes for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities.

Our History

ONSF was established in late 2007 (originally called the Office of External Scholarships) by professor emerita Anne Mayhew, who retired as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in July 2006. Andrew Seidler is the ONSF Director; Michael Handelsman, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, is the ONSF Senior Faculty Director, as well as the Director for the interdisciplinary Global Studies Program.

Our Institutional Support

UT recognizes the importance of ONSF, its effect on the undergraduate UT experience, and its potential to contribute to the university’s national reputation. ONSF is part of the Student Success unit and the Office of the Provost. ONSF collaborates with all departments, colleges, and units across campus and is consistently looking to establish new and strengthen existing relationships.

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