New Freshman Scholarships

2021-2022 Academic Year

The University of Texas at Tyler offers several different types of academic scholarships for incoming first-year freshmen through both 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 scholarship application is available through ApplyTexas.

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

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

The highest-level scholarship recipients will be determined through a competitive process that places emphasis on the whole applicant, not just empirical data. Competitive scholarship applicants who meet deadline requirements will be reviewed for scholarships but may not be selected. All applicants must submit official documents to be reviewed for competitive scholarships. Students that do not submit documents by the posted deadlines will not be considered.

 

Presidential Fellow

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

  • Deadline: December 1
  • Scholarship Criteria: 3.75+ high school GPA.
  • The following documents must be submitted no later than December 1:
    • Must submit ApplyTexas Scholarship Application.
    • Must submit FAFSA.
    • Must submit official high school transcripts.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Interview required for selected students. 
    • Selected Presidential Fellows must participate in the Presidential Fellow service program to renew scholarships.

Patriot Scholarship

Amount: $1,000- $5,000

  • Deadlines: Priority consideration, December 1. Regular deadline, March 1.
  • Scholarship Criteria: 3.5+ high school GPA
  • The following documents must be submitted by deadlines listed above:
    • Must submit ApplyTexas Scholarship Application.
    • Must submit official high school transcripts.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Must submit FAFSA by June 1.
  • Funding is limited. Not all students that are reviewed will be selected.

 

Academic Merit Awards

Academic merit awards are based solely on GPA, class rank, and/or region. All applicants must submit official documents to be considered.

 

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

  • Deadline: May 1
  • No scholarship application required.
  • Scholarship Criteria:
    • Rank within the top 25% of high school graduating class with 3.0 minimum high school GPA.
    • Minimum 3.5 high school GPA for home school students, non-ranking high schools, and international students.
  • The following requirements must be met by May 1:
    • Must be admitted.
    • Must submit official high school transcript.
    • Must submit FAFSA.
  • Funding is limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

 

 

Valedictorian Scholarship

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

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Scholarship Criteria: Must be Valedictorian from high school located in Smith County, or the cities of Palestine or Longview.
  • No scholarship application required.
  • The following requirements must be met by June 1:
    • Must contact Undergraduate Admissions to be reviewed for the scholarship.
    • Must be admitted.
    • Provide official 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.
    • Must submit FAFSA by June 1

 

Salutatorian Scholarship

Award Amount: Full Tuition & Fees

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Scholarship Criteria: Must be Salutatorian from high school located in Smith County, or the cities of Palestine or Longview.
  • No scholarship application required.
  • The following requirements must be met by June 1:
    • Must contact Undergraduate Admissions to be reviewed for the scholarship.
    • Must be admitted.
    • Provide official 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.
    • Must submit FAFSA by June 1

 

Greater Texas Foundation Scholars Program Scholarship

Award Amount: On average, $2,000

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Scholarship Criteria:
    • Spring 2022 graduate of a Texas Early College High School
    • Minimum 24 completed college hours.
    • Minimum cumulative 2.5 college GPA.
  • Additional Requirements:
  • The following requirements must be met by May 1:
    • Must be admitted.
    • Must provide college transcripts. 
    • Must complete ApplyTexas Scholarship Application. 
    • Must submit FAFSA by May 1.
  • Renewal Requirements:
    • Complete FAFSA by December 1st each year.
    • Full time enrollment that will allow for graduation in 3 years.
    • Maintain minimum 2.5 GPA.
    • Participate in all GTF Scholars programs.
  • Selected GTF Scholars will be active members of the GTF Scholars Program. For more information, visit the GTF Scholars Program website

 

Competitive and Merit Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Renewal requires completion of a FAFSA every year, full time enrollment, demonstration of progress toward degree completion at UT Tyler for the semester(s) awarded, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA at UT Tyler, and remaining in good standing. Scholarship has 4 years of total eligibility as long renewal requirements are met.

*Presidential Fellows must participate in the Presidential Fellow student service program.

*GTF Scholars Program Scholarship recipients follow separate renewal requirements. For more information, visit the GTF Scholars Program website.

 

Need Based Scholarship

Reach Higher Scholarship

  • Award Amount: Full Tuition and Mandatory Fees
  • Deadline: May 1
  • Scholarship Criteria:
    • Be a dependent member of a household whose parent's adjusted gross income is $80,000 or lower
    • Enroll as a full-time student at the University of Texas at Tyler. The scholarship will assist in covering up to 30 credit hours per year.
  • No scholarship application required.
  • To qualify students must meet the following requirements by May 1:
    • Must be admitted.
    • Must submit FAFSA.
    • Must be a Texas resident for tuition purposes
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Graduate from a Texas high school and enroll at the University of Texas at Tyler within 7 months of graduation
    • Complete a FAFSA every year

For additional information on the Reach Higher Scholarship, you may visit the Reach Higher Scholarship webpage.