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Meet some of the students who have been helped over the years by UT Dallas scholarships. Contact us to learn how you can help make a difference in the lives of our students.

Alexandra Arteaga

Alexandra Arteaga

Biomedical Engineering

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

My current research focuses on creating coatings that can make orthopedic implants more successful in diabetic environments. I’ve tested both the biocompatibility and fracture healing potential of my coating. In presenting my research findings at international conferences, I have been able to network with various professionals, including orthopedic surgeons, professors, and potential employers from around the world!

Arkadeep Mitra

Arkadeep Mitra

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

Getting exposed to a wide array of topics ranging from mRNA [Messenger Ribonucleic Acid] vaccines to Micromechanical Systems in Quantum Limit from the world’s leading scientists by attending a flagship conference in the field of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems was an enlightening experience.

Bhuvana Lakkasetter Chandrashekar

Bhuvana Lakkasetter Chandrashekar

Bioengineering

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

The World Biomaterials Congress was one of the milestones of my academic life and has helped me be a better presenter to scientific and professional audiences. I hope I will better people’s lives through my research. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

Laurence Lamont Wensel

Laurence Lamont Wensel

Holocaust Studies

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I was able to attend an International Academic Conference online through the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. After the conference, a staff member emailed asking if I would work with an editor and contribute to an upcoming collection of academic writings. In the summer of 2021, I was notified that my article had been accepted and published in the collection: “In Lieu of Duration: Spatiotemporal Excursions in Literature, Film and Architecture.”

Lee, Yeuh-Jung

Lee, Yeuh-Jung

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

As an international student at UTD, the Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholarship offers me opportunities to pitch my ideas worldwide. My research in smart tech is pushed forward into all academic communities.

Matthew Vazquez

Matthew Vazquez

Business Administration

Academic Bridge Scholar

From tutoring to mentoring, housing, employment and financial assistance; I was given a second family through ABP [Academic Bridge Program] . I was an underprivileged first-generation, DISD [Dallas Independent School District] graduate with zero guidance. Today, I have completed two under-graduate degrees and will be completing two masters next semester.

Mohammed Rashid

Mohammed Rashid

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

Since Fall 2018, I have presented my scholarly and artistic works in at least 15 national and international conferences including SCMS [Society For Cinema and Media Studies] , NAMLE [National Association for Media Literacy Education] , and HASTAC [Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory] , some of the best conferences in their disciplines. Proactive participation in critical conversations that emanate from these sites of knowledge production and interplay is absolutely crucial for an emerging scholar.

Chukwuemeka Ikebude

Chukwuemeka Ikebude

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I used my scholarship to attend the Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation conference at Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a panelist. I appreciate your promotion of scholarship.

Esha Gauba

Esha Gauba

Molecular & Cell Biology

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

As a new scientist in this field, this scholarship allowed me to present my latest research on mitochondrial dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease at a conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

Junpeng Hou

Junpeng Hou

Physics

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I really appreciate the donors’ kindness. It means a lot for a starting Ph.D. student like me to present my work, discuss it with others and make connections.

During discussions with my collaborators, we got some ideas toward a class of novel devices which would significantly enhance our control on quantum circuits and spintronics.

Kerry Goldman

Kerry Goldman

History of Ideas

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

One of the best things about the graduate programs at UT Dallas is the amount of opportunity for students who are preparing to enter the world of professional academia.

Mingwen Yang

Mingwen Yang

Management Science

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I presented a paper at the Big XII+ MIS [Management Information Systems] Research Symposium and the feedback I got brought my research into better focus and helped to make it much more practical.

Monica Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez

Biochemistry

Academic Bridge Scholar

I’m grateful, honored, and humbled to be a recipient of this life-changing scholarship. My goal is to become the first female STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] graduate in my family.

Siobhan Carmody

Siobhan Carmody

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

This scholarship has eased some of my family’s burdens and allowed me to pursue academic opportunities. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Stephen Mallory

Stephen Mallory

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

What I like best about being a graduate student at UT Dallas is the eclectic, passionate and unique culture in the University.

Venisha Harmon

Venisha Harmon

Historical Studies

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

My mother and father did not have a secondary education. Obtaining a college degree has always been my dream. I am planning to go to law school.

Vrunda Agnihotri

Vrunda Agnihotri

Interdisciplinary Studies

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

In the future, I want to come back and contribute to this fund to help other struggling students, similar to how kind people have helped me.

Capri Jordan

Capri Jordan

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Academic Bridge Scholar

A huge way the Academic Bridge Program has helped me is through tutoring. It is great to go to a place where there are so many people who want you to succeed.

Kwang Soo Kim

Kwang Soo Kim

Economic, Political & Policy Sciences

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I really appreciate your contribution for this scholarship. Thanks to you, I could focus on my research and preparation for my presentation at a conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Matthew Vazquez

Matthew Vazquez

Actuarial Science & Mathematics

Academic Bridge Scholar

During high school, I would not have thought I would be going to college for free, and because of this program, I am.

I will forever be indebted to you all because of this opportunity.

Yulia Vorotyntseva

Yulia Vorotyntseva

Management

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Johnson family for establishing this scholarship. It helped me to promote my research by attending the Decision Sciences Institute annual conference at Washington, DC.

Yoshio Villareal

Yoshio Villareal

Criminology & Psychology

Academic Bridge Scholar

The Academic Bridge Program gave me the opportunity to receive an undergraduate education. Words cannot express how thankful I am for being able to accomplish my childhood dream. I was awarded free tuition, housing and books. Without this help I would not be able to graduate.

Wenwen Huo

Wenwen Huo

Microbiology / Computational Biology

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I attended the American Society of Microbiology annual meeting, one of the most popular conferences in our field. I was selected to give a presentation, which allowed me to share my research and ideas with thousands of colleagues on how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. This scholarship covered the cost of registration and transportation to Boston, where, one day, I hope to obtain an academic position.

Shirley Ochieng

Shirley Ochieng

Child Learning & Development

Academic Bridge Scholar

The Academic Bridge Program has helped me in so many ways, and the Bridge family is so supportive and caring. I’ve received tutoring, financial help and information on internship and job opportunities. This scholarship has taken away the worries I’ve had about tuition so I can focus on my education.

Sarah Valente

Sarah Valente

Holocaust Studies

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I’m grateful, honored and humbled for being the recipient of funds that have been life-changing. I went to Lessons and Legacies, a prestigious Holocaust conference in California. Leading scholars gathered to discuss “Holocaust in the 21st Century: Relevance and Challenges in the Digital Age,” where I presented my paper, “New Approaches to Holocaust Education in Brazil,” received feedback on my research and made important contacts for my future.

Michael Schraeder

Michael Schraeder

Theatre & Performance Arts

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

This scholarship helped me present a paper I’d written at the Film and History Association’s conference in Milwaukee. I am very appreciative for the assistance and honored to be selected. It allowed me the opportunity to reacquaint myself with colleagues and network and exchange ideas with others in my field of study.

Michael Neugent

Michael Neugent

Biological Sciences

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I am incredibly fortunate and thankful to have received these funds. The award has allowed me to attend and present at the Keystone Symposia on Tumor Metabolism in Whistler B.C., Canada. I met with colleagues and attended lectures on new and exciting developments in the field. We are focused on targeting and disrupting the metabolic needs of lung cancers.

DeAunna McDonald

DeAunna McDonald

Mechanical Engineering

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

I applied for this scholarship because I was going through a particularly difficult time financially, and I realized that I could not fund my own education alone. This scholarship has helped me to focus on my classes and do whatever I can to advance academically without having to worry about whether I can afford to take more credit hours or purchase required materials for my studies.

Chenxi Liao

Chenxi Liao

Marketing

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

I really appreciate your kindness and generosity. You helped me get the precious opportunity of presenting my paper at the 38th annual ISMS [Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences - Society for Marketing Science] Marketing Science Conference and networking with academic leaders in our field. It greatly benefits my research and motivates me to do more.

Mamadou Diallo

Mamadou Diallo

Electrical Engineering

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

This scholarship has been a tremendous help in advancing my academic success. I am extremely humbled and grateful for this generous contribution to my education. It’s encouraging to know there are people out there supporting the efforts of UT Dallas students.

Jaruby Oaxaca

Jaruby Oaxaca

Chemistry

Academic Bridge Scholar

This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies rather than my finances. The help I have received has been truly life-changing, and I hope to be able to give back in this way in the future.

Joseph Beshay

Joseph Beshay

Computer Science

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

This scholarship allowed me to present my research paper at an engineering conference and network with academic and industry leaders in my field. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and investing in my future.

Nina Alton

Nina Alton

Psychology, Child Learning & Development

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

This scholarship has allowed me to concentrate on my studies and take advantage of the amazing opportunities UT Dallas offers its students. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude.

Hailemeskel Amare Lakew

Hailemeskel Amare Lakew

Computer Science

Academic Bridge Scholar

The Academic Bridge Program has enabled me to become entirely immersed into the college atmosphere and lifestyle, from being active in campus organizations to making connections for the future. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to go to college and pursue my dreams.

Ashley Ellsworth

Ashley Ellsworth

Chemistry

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

Thanks to this scholarship I was able to travel to a scientific conference to receive feedback on my current research findings, gain insight into new ideas that will help facilitate my research efforts, network with various companies and establish potential career opportunities. The experience was incredibly valuable.

Jun Hyeon Yoo

Jun Hyeon Yoo

Materials Science & Engineering

Betty & Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholar

This scholarship helped me present my research paper at one of the most premier and competitive conferences in miniaturized systems for life sciences. Traveling to South Korea to meet prominent researchers and exchange scholarly ideas was an amazing experience.

Megan Badejo

Megan Badejo

Healthcare Studies

Patti Henry Pinch Undergraduate Scholar

This scholarship has given me the freedom to focus on being a good student without concerns of debt. It also has allowed me to play basketball for the University, an opportunity I wouldn’t have been able to pursue without this assistance.

Damario Amie

Damario Amie

Mechanical Engineering

Academic Bridge Scholar

Your contribution toward this scholarship is not being misused, nor underappreciated. You have impacted my life in a multitude of ways that I could not even begin to explain. Thank you so much for your kindness.

Erika Tellez

Erika Tellez

Accounting

Academic Bridge Scholar

A high school advisor let me know about all of the great opportunities that Academic Bridge had. We were able to come in the summer and basically get prepared for the college experience. They taught us how to study and helped us be prepared for the environment and the academic workload.

Darrel Dunn

Darrel Dunn

Arts, Technology & Emerging Communications

Academic Bridge Scholar

My favorite part about being a student at UT Dallas is the international perspective.

Being able to be engaged with cultures from across the globe has really helped me to grow as a person.

Dulce Martinez

Dulce Martinez

Phycology

Academic Bridge Scholar

I learned about the Academic Bridge Program when they visited the college center at my high school.

I went to talk to them, and I thought it was a really interesting opportunity so I applied right then and there.

I would not be here without that support.

Abenezer Daniel

Abenezer Daniel

International Management

Academic Bridge Scholar

My favorite part about being a UT Dallas student is the people I have met from all over the world, including my fellow Academic Bridge students.

Coming in from an inner-city high school, the Academic Bridge Program has helped me hugely.

They have helped me with financial needs, tutoring, books, housing, scholarships —pretty much everything I needed to finish out my bachelor’s degree.