University Leadership Network

The University Leadership Network (ULN) at The University of Texas at Austin is a nationally recognized program that helps students develop into leaders, succeed academically at UT Austin, and graduate in four years. ULN has been featured both on PBS NewsHour and in New York Times Magazine for its innovative approach.

 

ULN is an incentive-based scholarship program designed to remove financial barriers for students from under-resourced backgrounds. Many ULN students are the first in their family to attend college.
 

MORE ABOUT ULN

  • Created in 2013 to improve four-year graduation rates
  • 500 incoming freshmen selected each year
  • 2,000 total students
  • Comprehensive support provided by academic learning communities
  • 750 on-campus ULN internships in 260 UT Austin offices provide professional development experiences

ULN students follow a comprehensive four-year plan that includes leadership and professional development training, internships and experiential learning, and participation in innovative academic success programs that include strategic advising for timely graduation and personalized interventions for struggling students.

 



 

A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY: DEMOGRAPHICS FOR ULN CLASSES OF 2018 - 2021 

  • 70% under-represented groups
  • 70% first-generation college students
  • 76% combined household income <$60,000

INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

ULN students earn $5,000 annually (up to $20,000 over four years) in scholarships when they meet program milestones, which include completing 30 hours of coursework each year (25% of the hours needed to earn a degree in four years).

 

 

WHY ULN STUDENTS NEED YOUR INVOLVEMENT

These scholarships are critical to help students attend UT Austin and graduate in four years. While ULN students also qualify for Federal Pell Grants and Texas Grants to cover tuition and fees, it is usually not enough to cover all their living expenses. On average, they may have $8,000 remaining in unmet need. ULN scholarships provide students with critical funding so they do not need to work off campus during the school year and can participate fully in the Longhorn experience — with less stress and worry.

 

 

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Pre-Campaign Faculty & Staff Match
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The BIG Give Challenge
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Geographic Challenge
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Throwback Thursday Commencement Photo Contest
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The top three auxiliary units with the greatest number of unique gifts throughout the 40-hour campaign will receive awards. The award designations will be determined by the receiving auxiliary units. *Eligible auxiliary units: Texas Athletics, Blanton Musem of Art, Briscoe Center for American History, Child Development Centers, Environmental Science Institute, International Office, KUT, Landmarks, Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, UT Libraries, Recreational Sports, The Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, Texas Exes, Texas Memorial Museum, School of Undergraduate Studies, University Leadership Network, UTeach and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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Early Bird CHALLENGE
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Happy Hour CHALLENGE
The work day is over, it's time to have some fun! The college, school, unit or organization that receives the most money on April 4 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM CST will receive an additional $3,000. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization.
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The All-Nighter CHALLENGE
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The top three colleges, schools, units, or organizations with the greatest number of donations between 3:00 - 5:00pm CDT will receive an additional $2,000, $1,000, or $500!
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