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Distinguished Presidential Scholarship
Merit Scholarship for Incoming Freshman

At UTSA, we are committed to the success of our students. To recognize student’s academic achievements in high school, UTSA offers the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship. Qualified incoming freshman {based on test scores (SAT (CR/M) / ACT (Composite) Score) and/or class ranking} can receive up to $24,000 for 4 years just by applying to UTSA.

How to Apply

There is no application process. Automatic consideration will be given to Fall 2015 applicants admitted to UTSA by February 15, 2015, and who meet the requirements stated below based on fund availability.


Please note participants in the UT-Austin Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) are not eligible for these scholarships. For non-ranking schools, if a rank is provided, we will use that rank to determine eligibility for the scholarship.  If no rank is provided at all, then we will only use the SAT/ACT scores to determine eligibility.

Class-Ranking High Schools and Non-Ranking High Schools who submit ranks

Award Amount Class Rank SAT / ACT Score
$24,000 ($6,000/year) Top 10% 1400 / 32
$16,000 ($4,000/year) Top 15% 1300 / 29
$12,000 ($3,000/year) Top 20% 1200 / 26
$8,000 ($2,000/year) Top 25% 1200 / 26

Non-Class-Ranking High Schools (no rank provided)

Award Amount SAT / ACT Score
$24,000 ($6,000/year) 1400 / 32
$16,000 ($4,000/year) 1300 / 29
$8,000 ($2,000/year) 1200 / 26

Term of the Award

Freshman Awards:  Your Distinguished Presidential Scholarship has been awarded for a total of eight consecutive semesters of eligibility, fall and spring, toward completion of your first undergraduate degree, provided you meet the following renewal criteria by the end of each spring semester.

Semester Criteria

You must remain enrolled in UTSA courses as a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum of 12 UTSA credit hours each fall and spring semester in order for your scholarship to disburse.  Although your scholarship will disburse at 12 UTSA credit hours, UTSA highly recommends you complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester to ensure you successfully complete a total of 30 UTSA credit hours by the end of each spring.  If you enroll for fewer than 12 UTSA credit hours and your scholarship did not disburse, you forfeit that semester’s award, and that semester still counts against your maximum award terms of eligibility.  However, your scholarship may still be renewed as long as you meet annual renewal criteria. 

Renewal Criteria

All new and continuing Distinguished Presidential Scholarship recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 30 UTSA credit hours by the end of each spring semester with a minimum 3.0 UTSA cumulative GPA.  You must be continuously enrolled at UTSA in order to have your scholarship renewed for the next academic year.  Any break in enrollment without an approved deferment on file with the Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Office will result in a loss of your scholarship.