UT Tyler

New Freshman Scholarship

New For 2019-20

The University of Texas at Tyler offers several different types of academic scholarships for incoming first-year freshmen through both academic merit and competitive holistic review. We seek to enroll high-performing students with demonstrated potential that will engage with The University of Texas at Tyler in meaningful ways. These students will graduate and go on to contribute through career success to our East Texas communities and beyond. The highest level scholarship (Competitive Awards) recipients will be determined through a competitive process that places emphasis on the whole applicant, not just empirical data. Academic merit awards are based solely on test score, GPA, class rank, and/or region.

If you have questions about our competitive or academic merit awards, please e-mail us at admissions@uttyler.edu  or call us at 903-566-7203.

Competitive Awards

Presidential Fellow

Amount: Full Tuition, Fees, Books, Room & Board

  • Minimum ACT 29+ or SAT 1350+
  • Minimum GPA 3.00+
  • Must submit Scholarship Application and FAFSA by December 1st for consideration
  • Interview Required
  • Renewal requires completion of 15 credit hours at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA at UT Tyler, participating in the Presidential Fellow student service program, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long as renewal requirements are met.

Patriot Scholarship

Amount: $2,000- $5,000

  • Minimum ACT 26+ or SAT 1240+
  • Minimum GPA 3.00+
  • Must submit Scholarship Application and FAFSA by December 1st for consideration
  • Renewal requires completion of 15 credit hours at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA at UT Tyler, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long as renewal requirements are met.

All students that meet the minimum requirements will qualify for the a minimum Patriot amount of $2,000 per year, subject to funding availability. The total award, up to $5,000 a year, will be determined after a holistic review by the Patriot Scholarship Committee.

Academic Merit Awards

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

  • Minimum ACT 24-25 or SAT 1160-1230
  • Minimum GPA 3.00+
  • No Scholarship Application is required
  • Deadline for admission and FAFSA completion is March 1st
  • Renewal requires completion of 15 credit hours at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA at UT Tyler, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long as renewal requirements are met.

Funding is limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Valedictorian Scholarship

Award Amount: Full Tuition, Fees, Books, Room & Board

To qualify students must:

  • Provide a high school transcript showing the student is a valedictorian. A review of the final high school transcript with graduation date and rank will be required to verify award.
  • Reside in Smith County, or the cities of Longview or Palestine.
  • No Scholarship Application is required
  • Deadline for admission and FAFSA completion is March 1st
  • Renewal requires completion of 15 credit hours at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA at UT Tyler, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long as renewal requirements are met.

Salutatorian Scholarship

Award Amount: Full Tuition & Fees

To qualify students must:

  • Provide a high school transcript showing the student is a salutatorian. A review of the final high school transcript with graduation date and rank will be required to verify award.
  • Reside in Smith County, or the cities of Longview or Palestine.
  • No Scholarship application is required
  • Deadline for admission and FAFSA completion is March 1st
  • Renewal requires completion of 15 credit hours at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA at UT Tyler, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long as renewal requirements are met.

Distinguished Patriot (Top 10%)

Award Amount: $1,000

To qualify students must:

  • Provide a high school transcript showing the student is ranked in the top 10%.
  • Reside in the school districts included in the Top 10% Academic Celebration
  • Must attend the Top 10% Academic Celebration to receive the award
  • No scholarship application is required
  • Deadline for admission and FAFSA completion is March 1st
  • Renewal requires completion of 15 credit hours at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.00 GPA at UT Tyler, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long as renewal requirements are met.

Students may receive the Distinguished Patriot Scholarship in addition to any other merit award.

To secure scholarship offers, students must confirm their attendance on or before May 1st.

Competitive awards (Presidential Fellowship and the Patriot Scholarship) and the Academic Excellence scholarship are open to Texas, domestic and international students. Other awards may have geographic restrictions.

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