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Larry Temple Scholarship Endowment

The Larry Temple Scholarship Endowment was established by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin on October 12, 1990. The Scholarship, a $11,000 a year award renewable for two years, honors Larry Eugene Temple, Austin lawyer and public servant.

Criteria for Selection

  • Temple Scholarships are awarded to students in the College of Liberal Arts who have completed their freshman year (at least 24 hours) in residence at The University, and have a 3.9 gpa or higher. The Scholarship, awarded at the beginning of the sophomore year, is renewable for two years, but students must remain in the College of Liberal Arts and maintain a 3.5 gpa.
  • Temple Scholars are selected primarily on the basis of superior academic merit. Additional consideration shall be given to those with a record of independent scholastic activities, extracurricular activities, and leadership. In evaluating candidates, the Selection Committee will take into account financial need.
  • Recipients may be of any residence status, with preference given to Texas residents.
  • The motivation and purpose of the Temple Scholarship is to allow recipients to enjoy and learn from University life and experiences. It is expected, therefore, that Temple Scholars will not be employed more than 15 hours per week.

Application Process

The application consist of three parts: first, a written portion with several short essays and information about your extracurriculars;  second, a brief video of yourself; and third, a recommendation from a member of the UT Austin faculty.

  • First, the written portion of the Temple application is available here.  The written portion also has instructions for the video and the letter of recommendation.
  • Second, upload a 60-second-or-less video of yourself by emailing it to Temple_.h2md4nuk7guer5mo@u.box.com 

    In this video, first greet the viewer and introduce yourself: this would certainly start with your name, and may include your major, career goals, and anything you feel to be important;
    Next, in the video, please identify a story of special concern to you in today’s news, saying why it seems consequential, and what you might expect to see happen with it in the future.

    Do keep the video to 60 seconds or less. Please know that, because the committee is interested in you rather than in production values, we won’t anticipate anything other than a simple video recorded on a phone or laptop. 

    The text of the email will not come through, so your recommender only needs to email the attachment.
  • Third, ask a faculty member who has taught you in a class to write you a letter of recommendation and upload it by emailing it to: Temple_.h2md4nuk7guer5mo@u.box.com

    In particular, the letter should highlight your academic strengths and leadership skills. 

    As with the video, the text of the email will not come through, so your recommender only needs to email the attachment.
  • The Selection Committee will interview finalists.

Applications are due Wednesday, August 31st. All three parts - the application form, the video, and letter of recommendation - must be completed by the deadline for an application to receive consideration. Interviews for the scholarship finalists will be announced in September.

Selection and Awards

The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts appoints each year The Larry Temple Scholarship Selection Committee, a committee consisting of appropriate faculty and/or staff and alumni.