Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials and high financial need are selected for our most prestigious Presidential Scholars program. Students are awarded an annual scholarship as well as additional funding to participate in an enrichment program during their four years at UT Austin. They are also part of a community of scholars, which provides additional networking opportunities for the students. Presidential Scholars are enrolled in all the colleges and schools within UT Austin and may also be members of honors programs and other university organizations and communities.
To be eligible for the award, Presidential Scholars and Texas Excellence students must: • Be enrolled at UT full time • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year before the priority deadline • Complete at least 30 credit hours per year, including transfer credit and credit by exam • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Both Presidential Scholars and Texas Excellence award students with excellent academic credentials a scholarship of up to $20,000 (up to $5,000 per year over their four years at UT).
There is no application required to be selected for the award; Texas residents who graduated from a Texas high school are considered for the award based on their academic achievements and the information provided in their FAFSA.