Good Neighbor Scholarship

Scholarship Application

Apply online at Good Neighbor Scholarship Application . Complete applications must be received by February 15 to be considered for the following academic year.

The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) Program is designed to encourage academically talented students from the countries of the Western (American) hemisphere (other than Cuba and the U.S.)  to pursue higher education in the State of Texas. Thus establishing a beneficial link between the State of Texas and the home country of the students.

Amount: The Good Neighbor Scholarship provides an exemption from the payment of tuition for 12-month period beginning with the Fall Semester following selection as a scholarship recipient. The GNS does not cover fees. Selected students are responsible for covering their fees.

Student Eligibility

  1. Applicants must have resided in the Western (American) Hemisphere for a period of at least five years.
  2. Applicants cannot be members of the Communist Party.
  3. Applicants cannot have applied for Permanent Resident status in the US, or have dual citizenship that includes the U.S.
  4. Applicants must be enrolled in a UT Dallas program and maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward a UT Dallas degree.
  5. Applicants must be a bona fide native-born citizen and resident of an eligible country.
  6. Applicants must have a statement on file with his or her institution that indicates the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempt from Selective Service registration under federal law
  7. Applicants must be enrolled at UT Dallas during the scholar ship awarding period.

Eligible Countries (Independent nations located in Western Hemisphere)

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Argentina
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belize (British Honduras)
  6. Bolivia
  7. Brazil
  8. Canada
  1. Chile
  2. Colombia
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Dominica
  5. Dominican Republic
  6. Ecuador
  7. El Salvador
  8. Grenada
  1. Guatemala
  2. Guyana
  3. Haiti
  4. Honduras
  5. Jamaica
  6. Mexico
  7. Nicaragua
  8. Panama
  1. Paraguay
  2. Peru
  3. Saint Kitts & Nevis
  4. St. Lucia
  5. St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  6. Suriname
  7. Trinidad and Tobago
  8. Uruguay
  9. Venezuela

Western Hemisphere Countries (Ineligible by Statute)

  1. Anguilla (territory of United Kingdom)
  2. Aruba (Part of Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  3. Bouvet Island (Norwegian dependency)
  4. Cayman Islands (British administration)
  5. Clipperton Islands (possession of France)
  6. Cuba (ineligible by statute)
  7. Faulkland Islands (Great Britain)
  8. French Guiana (French Overseas Department)
  1. Guadeloupe (Department of France)
  2. Montserrat (Overseas territory of the United Kingdom)
  3. Netherland Antilles (Autonomous territory of the Netherlands)
  4. St. Helena (British colony)
  5. St. Pierre & Miquelon (Self-governing territorial collectivity of France)
  6. S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Islands (British Administration)
  7. Turks & Caicos Islands (British Overseas territory)


  1. Scholarship applications may only be received during the application period and must be received by the deadline listed on the application.
  2. All scholarship applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility.
  3. The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) committee will assign priority numbers to all eligible applicants, so that if all applicants cannot receive scholarships the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) will know which applicants are given highest priority. Priority numbers will primarily be based on the academic credentials of eligible applicants (ie, G.P.A., completion rates).
  4. UT Dallas will submit Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) recommendations to the THECB. From the pool of valid applications submitted, the THECB shall select the applicants who will receive the scholarship.
  5. Applicants will be notified regarding whether they are been selected/not selected to receive the scholarship in late spring or summer.

For questions, please contact [email protected]