National Scholars

Texas A&M, ranking 2nd nationwide for public enrollment of National Merit Scholars, is becoming the hub for more high-achieving students every year. Our goal is to provide students with a college experience that will not only stimulate their intellect, but broaden their perspective and encourage their success. By making us their first choice, National Scholars have access to exclusive scholarship packages and an inside look at campus through special programs.

 

National Merit
If you are named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition and designate Texas A&M University as your first-choice institution within National Merit Scholarship Corporation guidelines, you are guaranteed the following scholarship package:

National Merit/National Achievement Scholarship Package

For out-of-state students, the value of the scholarship package could approach $100,000 due to the out-of-state tuition waiver, worth approximately $17,000 per year.

National Hispanic Scholarship
If you are named a National Hispanic Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program by College Board and choose to attend Texas A&M University, you are guaranteed the $14,000 CB Recognition Award.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What scholarships can I get at Texas A&M?
National Merit Semifinalists, National Merit Finalists, and National Hispanic Scholars are all guaranteed certain scholarship opportunities at Texas A&M.
scholarships.tamu.edu/Scholarship-Programs/National-Scholars
 
Will my scholarships allow me to pay in-state tuition rates?
If you are not a Texas resident, the scholarships guaranteed to national scholars are eligible to potentially qualify you for the non-resident tuition waiver. Beginning fall 2017, a non-resident student must have at least $4,000 per academic year to receive the non-resident tuition waiver, which waives the non-resident portion of your tuition. It does not waive all tuition.
scholarships.tamu.edu/Non-Resident-Tuition-Waiver
 
What do I need to do to renew my scholarships in future years?
The President’s Endowed Scholarship and National Merit Recognition Award require you to maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPR. In addition, you must maintain full time enrollment (at least 12 hours) during the fall and spring semesters and complete at least 30 credit hours* per academic year.
 
The National Merit Sponsorship requires you to be enrolled full time (at least 12 hours) in traditional face-to-face courses to receive the funds. If you are enrolled less than full time due to co-op, internship, or your final semester before graduation, you will not be able to receive the funds for that semester.
 
The College Board Recognition Award requires you to maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPR. In addition, you must maintain full time enrollment (at least 12 hours) during the fall and spring semesters and complete at least 30 credit hours* per academic year.
 
*Hours earned via transfer credit, dual credit, AP/IB testing, and summer courses at another institution may count for this requirement.
 
What if I drop below the required GPR?
Scholarships & Financial Aid has a scholarship retention process to help you maintain your scholarships for as long as possible.
scholarships.tamu.edu/CONTINUING-STUDENTS/Maintaining-Eligibility
 
Please note: the non-resident tuition waiver only applies to students in good standing with at least $4,000 worth of scholarship dollars each year. You must be receiving payment to be eligible for the waiver. If you lose eligibility for your scholarships and no longer have at least $4,000 of scholarships, you will not be eligible to receive the waiver for that academic year.
               
What is the National Merit Sponsorship?
The National Merit Sponsorship is your official scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Texas A&M University is an official sponsor of some National Merit Scholarships.
 
Most students at Texas A&M receive the sponsorship from the university ($500 per year for 4 years), however, some students receive their National Merit Scholarship from a corporate sponsor (BP, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, etc.) or directly from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
 
It is the policy of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to award only one scholarship per National Merit Scholar. If you receive a National Merit award or a corporate sponsorship, you will not receive the sponsorship from Texas A&M.
 
When will I receive my scholarship payments?
Federal regulations require that Texas A&M disburse any available scholarships and financial aid to the student 10 days prior to the start of classes each semester. The specific dates of disbursement change each year based on the date of the first class day.
 
All available aid is disbursed to the student’s bill first. After all tuition and fees have been paid, any remaining funds are forwarded to the student in the form of a “refund” to be used for other educational-related expenses throughout the semester. This includes books and supplies, rent, food and groceries, transportation, etc.
 
The National Merit Sponsorship will not pay out until after the university’s official census date (the 12th class day). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation require students to be enrolled full time to receive these funds. Holding these funds until after the 12th class day allows us to confirm full time enrollment at the university’s official census date for compliance reasons.
 
What if I have more scholarship funds than my tuition and fee charges?
All available aid is disbursed to the student’s bill first. After all tuition and fees have been paid, any remaining funds are forwarded to the student in the form of a “refund” to be used for other educational-related expenses throughout the semester. This includes books and supplies, rent, food and groceries, transportation, etc.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


National Scholar Day | Oct. 30 - Nov. 6 - Nov. 13 - Nov. 17 - Nov. 20 (luncheon only)
Those who attend NSD will receive information about our scholarship opportunities, and will meet individually with college/departmental staff about their major areas of interest. Attendees can expect to participate in a faculty and student panel , learn more about the honors program and much more.

Who’s invited:
High school seniors who have been named a National Merit Semifinalist or National Hispanic Scholar.

National Scholar Experience | spring 2018 dates TBD
Attendees of NSE will get a first-hand look at life on campus here at Texas A&M. Participants will take part in academic sessions and be able to interact with current students; and will learn more on the next steps to enrolling at the university.

Who’s invited:
Admitted National Scholars

National Scholar Invitational | summer 2018
NSI is a fast-paced two-day program that allows students to explore Texas A&M University's academic departments as well as experience student life first-hand. The invitational is designed to help students gain knowledge about what it's like to be an Aggie, give them the opportunity to see the University at work as well as showcase the University's academic opportunities, traditions and strong commitment to diversity.

Who’s invited:
Students who have just completed their junior year of high school and have scored high on the PSAT.

Schedule a Visit
Can’t make it to one of these events? If you are a high school senior and recognized as a National Scholar, let us help schedule a campus visit for you! Please let us know when you’re coming so we can make arrangements and appointments for you. With at least two weeks’ notice of your visit we will do our best to accommodate your requests. SCHEDULE A VISIT >


Meet our Texas A&M National Scholar Ambassadors! These students are current National Merit Scholars, National Achievement Scholars or National Hispanic Scholars that serve as Ambassadors for Texas A&M. You can meet our TANSA students at any of Texas A&M’s National Scholar recruiting events and they are here to answer any questions regarding academics, college life, student organizations, and more!


Kati Clark
Assistant Director
National Scholar Recruitment
(979) 458-0954
nationalscholar@tamu.edu

Aggieland Prospective Student Center
217 John J. Koldus Building
1265 TAMU
College Station, TX  77843-1265


Make Texas A&M your first choice!