Staff Council Scholarship

The Staff Council Scholarship has been developed to further the education of any and all The University of Texas at Dallas staff members in academic or vocational programs.

E-sign or scan signed application and essay to [email protected].

Applicant’s Criteria

All staff members who meet the following criteria may apply:

  • Attending community colleges, universities or accredited vocational schools
  • Minimum of six months of employment at UTD
  • Benefit Eligible (50% or more)
  • Overall GPA must be maintained as follows:
    • 2.5 GPA - Undergraduate
    • 3.0 GPA - Graduate
  • Complete official application by stated deadline

General Guidelines

  1. Scholarships of $250 per awardee, per semester will be granted.
  2. Up to 70% of the scholarship fund may be distributed per semester.
  3. Benefits Committee will select a Scholarship Chair from within the Benefits Committee. The Chair will act as a coordinator and will not be a voting member of the Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee will be comprised of all members on the Benefits Committee.
  4. To insure anonymity, all applicants will be assigned a number by the Scholarship Chair. Benefits Committee will evaluate applicants according to the established criteria.
  5. Benefits Committee will recommend the number of scholarships at a general Staff Council meeting for approval of the membership.
  6. Application deadline is September 15th for fall semester and February 15th for spring semester.
  7. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for a scholarship and will receive said scholarship upon presentation of an official transcript to the committee as proof of fulfilling all required criteria. The transcript is due within 15 days of the end of the fall semester and/or the spring semester.
  8. Funds will be disbursed within 30 days of the end of the fall semester and the spring semester.
  9. Staff Council members and Benefits Committee members cannot participate in the award process if they are an applicant.

The UTD Staff Council Endowed Scholarship was established in 2006 by fund raising activities of the Staff Council and matching funds from UT Dallas.

The Joellyn (Jody) Nelsen Staff Council Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of Jody Nelsen.

Joellyn Nelson

Jody Nelsen is known, not only at UT Dallas and the 15 institutions that make up The UT System, but also in the Richardson City and Collin County communities for her integrity, her competency, her courage, and her dedication. During her 17 years of service to UT Dallas she earned the respect and admiration of university administration, faculty, and staff. Her managers, peers, and those who reported directly or indirectly to her always knew that Jody would consistently respond to any situation, business or personal, with the objectivity, fairness, courage, and concern that were required to ensure the best possible outcome.

Jody was hired as a manager of administrative services in the physical plant in 1991 and was promoted up the ranks to Associate Vice President for Business Affairs, working full-time while attending classes part-time to earn her masters of business affairs degree at the UT Dallas School of Management. She received her MBA in 1997 and was promoted to Associate Vice President of Administration and Compliance in 1999. In 2006, Jody was appointed Interim Vice President of Business Affairs upon the untimely death of Dr. Larry Terry. She assumed this role with expedience, ability, character, and poise that are always characteristic of Jody’s performance. She held the position for one year during the recruitment and retention of a permanent Vice President of Business Affairs. During this year, she met every challenge and gained the confidence and loyalty of those who reported to her and those who served with her on the President’s Cabinet. One of Jody’s most notable characteristics is her poise, especially in stressful situations. Jody performed her duties competently and with extreme poise during this interim period of service.

There are many examples of Jody’s contributions above and beyond her normal duties as Associate Vice President for Business Affairs; for example, her participation in Richardson City Leadership program; her suiting up for the annual “ooze ball” contest which pits the faculty and staff against students in a contest of volleyball on a muddy court; and becoming a woman’s dart champion in the annual City of Richardson Corporate Challenge events.

When Jody received the Green and Orange Award in 2008, Jody’s acceptance speech included the following:

“Part-time students are the gold of UT Dallas, in my opinion. These are students with a strong commitment to education. And because of this commitment, these are the students who will complete their degree and then make a difference. They will make a difference in their families, they will make a difference in the workplace, and they will make a difference in their communities. These students sometimes exist in the background at universities, but we need to make sure we support them in any way we can.”

It is within this spirit that I am establishing this endowment to honor Jody and her many contributions to our communities.
— David E. Daniel, President of UT Dallas 2006-2016


Last Modified: Feb. 12, 2018