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). Students who first received the award prior to 2020 are considered Presidential Scholars; students who were notified in Spring 2020 that they would begin receiving the award in Fall 2020 are part of Texas Excellence. Presidential Scholars and Texas Excellence students are enrolled in all the colleges and schools at UT 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; and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. 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.