Academic Excellence Scholarships

AES Cultural Scholars

From 2012-2015, AES Cultural Scholars was specialized programming for AES Scholars who are National Achievement Scholars designated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and National Hispanic Recognition Scholars designated by College Board. In 2016, the program expanded to include all underrepresented minority AES Scholars. At UT Dallas this includes African American and Hispanic students.

Mission Statement

The UT Dallas AES Cultural Scholars strive to create a community of academic enrichment, contribute to the University and surrounding areas through service, create a comfortable social environment, and promote cultural unity and awareness.


The benefits of being involved in AES Cultural Scholars include, but are not limited to:

  • Support: One-on-one guidance from an AES Program Specialist
  • Involvement: Community engagement through volunteer opportunities
  • Special Events: Social opportunities such as cultural outings to downtown Dallas
  • Leadership: Opportunity to participate in the AES Cultural Scholars Leadership Committee
  • Career: Research, internships, and career preparation opportunities

Participation Requirements

AES Cultural Scholars are expected to meet with an AES Program Specialist three times throughout a semester and to attend one event in both the fall and spring semesters.

AES Cultural Scholars Leadership Committee

Jose Aguilar – Biochemistry Major
Jaron Arismendez – Arts and Technology Major
Joceylin Duarte – Molecular Biology Major
Bethany Salgado – International Political Economy Major

Upcoming Events

Fall Events
Welcome Dinner – September 26, 2016
S’Mores by the Fire – October 7, 2016
Game Night – November 30, 2016
Study Break – December 8, 2016

Spring Events
Networking Reception – January 19, 2017
Bowling Night – January 24, 2017
Service Day – Volunteer at Sharing Life Community Outreach, February 18, 2017
Dinner and Opera in downtown Dallas – March 24, 2017
Game Night – April 12, 2017
Study Break – May 1, 2017

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