Vistra Supports University of Texas at Arlington First-Gen Students With $25k For Scholarships

Vistra is continuing its support of first-generation students at The University of Texas at Arlington.

The Irving-based retail electricity and power generation company has made a $25,000 gift to fund scholarships for first-generation undergraduate students who are in their junior or senior years at UTA, helping to ensure they have the financial resources they need to graduate. Two scholarships were awarded this fall.

“For many students, especially those who are the first in their family to attend college, finances can be a major barrier to earning their degrees,” said UTA President Jennifer Cowley. “Thanks to Vistra’s generosity, this will open doors for many students who may not have had the opportunity to earn their degree otherwise.”

The gift is the most recent example of Vistra’s ongoing partnership with UTA. The company has given a total of $37,500 in support of University Crossroads, a program that aims to expand access to and success in higher education for first- and second-generation students from low-to-moderate-income households.

Vistra also recently collaborated with UTA’s Career Development Center, College of Business and College of Engineering for Vistra Day in October. The day featured opportunities for students to learn more about Vistra and how they could pursue career opportunities there.

“Vistra is committed to having a meaningful impact on our local communities and helping them to thrive,” said Annette Underwood, chief diversity office at Vistra. “We’re passionate about supporting students from all backgrounds as they work to achieve their dreams of earning a college degree.”

UTA aims to provide the resources students need to be successful in their studies, offering assistance in obtaining financial aid and helping students acclimate to college life through targeted programming and a strong support system. In 2020, the educational nonprofit ScholarShot ranked UTA tied for first in Texas for serving first-generation, low-income students on its Texas Public University Report Card.

Presented by the University of Texas at Arlington.