Ragen S. and Roy D. Elterman Endowed Scholarship

The Ragen S. and Roy D. Elterman Endowed Scholarship was created in 2016 to provide support for a promising undergraduate student in the School of Arts and Humanities. Ragen received her first degree at Barry University in Miami, Florida and paid for it by working part-time jobs. After marrying Roy Elterman and raising 3 children, Ragen wished to return to a school of higher education. She enrolled in the University of Texas at Dallas and received a B.A. in Literary Studies. Ragen came from a family that placed a high value on education. All of her family members have college degrees in fields as diverse as medicine, science, literature, and the arts. She writes that her time at UT Dallas "enhanced my ability to understand and appreciate literature and art. It also inspired me to teach children whose first language was not English." Ragen has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for 18 years in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).

Ragen and her husband Roy feel fortunate that they are able to assist undergraduate students at UT Dallas with this endowed scholarship. They do this with the hope and desire that education in the School of Arts and Humanities will "enrich students' lives and open doors to achieving their goals and dreams for a bright and rewarding future."

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be awarded annually. Scholarship recipients must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a humanities field and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants may be incoming or current UT Dallas students, may be part-time or full-time, may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or international students, and must demonstrate financial need by completing either a financial statement or FAFSA. A student who is awarded this fellowship may compete for a second year of funding, although they must reapply through the scholarship committee.

Students who wish to nominate themselves should submit a copy of their transcript, two academic letters of reference, and a 250-word personal statement.

An A&H faculty member can nominate a student and provide one letter of reference. After confirming that the student has a GPA of 3.0 or above, the student will be notified that s/he is a nominee. If the student chooses to apply, s/he must submit a 250-word personal statement and secure a second letter of reference.


All applicants should include a one-page letter detailing what they are studying, year in the program, what the funds will be used for, and any other merits they would like to include for the committee's review. Application questions and nominations are to be directed to Professor Manuel Martinez at [email protected].

Applications for the academic year 2020-2021 will be accepted until February 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

At this link you can apply for several scholarships/fellowships at the same time. You will be prompted to enter your NetID and password. From there, you'll be taken to the form to apply to one or several scholarships.

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This form allows students to apply for all of the opportunities listed below. Please review all descriptions to determine eligibility for additional funds:
Dennis M. Kratz Research Fund
Ragen S. and Roy D. Elterman Endowed Scholarship
Nina and Thomas Lambert Scholarship/Fellowship
Robert Bone Memorial Creative Writing Award
Robert S. Nelsen Scholarship in Creative Writing

Awardees will be announced later in spring.


Ragen S. and Roy D. Elterman Ragen Elterman received her BA in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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