University Scholarships

First Time in College

Merit Scholarships


Texas A&M University-Kingsville is committed to the success of its students and provides boundless opportunities for them to pursue their education dreams.  To recognize their academic achievements, Texas A&M-Kingsville automatically offers merit-based scholarships to at least 50% of admitted students who display exceptional scholastic achievement in high school. Students do not need to complete a separate scholarship application.

To be considered for a merit scholarship, students must apply for admission to Texas A&M-Kingsville and complete their application for admission, including the submission of all supporting documentation (application, application fee, official transcripts, and test scores*), by the January 15 priority date. 

Merit scholarships for first-time students will renew automatically each year provided the following renewal criteria are met:

  • Earn an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of the summer term; and
  • Complete a minimum of 30 total semester credit hours (SCHs) at Texas A&M-Kingsville (fall, spring, and summer semesters).

First time in college merit scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to four years of awards or until they graduate (whichever comes first) provided that Texas A&M-Kingsville renewal requirements are satisfied each academic year.

For out-of-state residents, this academically competitive scholarship will qualify the student to pay in-state tuition during the semesters in which the scholarship is disbursed.

PLEASE NOTE: This scholarship is not awarded in the summer; therefore, students who are not Texas residents do not qualify to pay in-state tuition during the summer semester.

*Students who are unable to take the ACT/SAT test due to the ongoing pandemic or other extenuating circumstances will still be considered for merit scholarships.  In such cases, the University determines eligibility based on other criteria, such as class rank and high school GPA.  Students are strongly encouraged to submit their test scores if they test at a later date and request reconsideration for a merit scholarship. 

Priority date: January 15, 2022


University-funded scholarships for first-time in college students include:

Amount: $5,000 to $12,000 per year

Qualifications: Your completed admissions application allows you to be automatically considered for the Presidential Scholarship. Students are awarded based on the average of the applicant pool as every student is rated using the same metric based on high school rank and test scores. Eligible students will have a competitive academic profile – typically a total score of 1300 on the new SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) or an ACT Composite of 27, with a class rank in the top 10 percent. Admitted applicants who are eligible for Presidential Scholarship will be notified via U.S. mail. 

Students with no class rank: Students without a class rank can still be considered for Presidential Scholarships. In such cases, the University determines scholarship eligibility based on the standing of applicants with similar academic credentials. In general, if a student is in the top 10 percent of their class, it is in their best interest to provide that information to the University. In lieu of an official ranking provided on the transcript, a statement of rank provided by a school administrator is sufficient. The statement of rank should include a student's name, student ID, and a confirmation as to whether the student would fall in the top 10 percent, top 15 percent, etc., of their respective graduating class. 

Students with no test scores: Students who are unable to take the ACT/SAT test due to the ongoing pandemic or other extenuating circumstances will still be considered for the Presidential Scholarships. In such cases, the University determines eligibility based on other criteria, such as class rank and high school GPA. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their test scores if they test at a later date and request reconsideration for the Presidential Scholarship. 

Scholarship reconsideration: Students can request reconsideration for the Presidential Scholarship based on new SAT/ACT test scores and/or class rank information. For Fall applicants, reconsideration requests will be accepted through March 1st. Students are responsible for submitting new high school transcripts and/or SAT/ACT test scores to the Office of Admission. Students must then notify the Office of University Scholarships that they would like their files to be reviewed again by calling 361-593-JESC (5372) or visiting the Javelina Enrollment Services Center.

Amount: $1,000 to $4,000 per year

Qualifications: Your completed admissions application allows you to be automatically considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Students are awarded based on the average of the applicant pool as every student is rated using the same metric based on high school rank and test scores. Eligible students will have a competitive academic profile – typically a total score of 1170 on the new SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) or an ACT Composite of 24, with a class rank in the top 20 percent. Admitted applicants who are eligible for Academic Excellence Scholarships will be notified via U.S. mail.

Students with no class rank: Students without a class rank can still be considered for Academic Excellence Scholarships. In such cases, the University determines scholarship eligibility based on the standing of applicants with similar academic credentials. In general, if a student is in the top 20 percent of their class, it is in their best interest to provide that information to the University. In lieu of an official ranking provided on the transcript, a statement of rank provided by a school administrator is sufficient. The statement of rank should include a student's name, student ID, and a confirmation as to whether the student would fall in the top 10 percent, top 20 percent, etc., of their respective graduating class.

Students with no test scores: Students who are unable to take the ACT/SAT test due to the ongoing pandemic or other extenuating circumstances will still be considered for Academic Excellence Scholarships. In such cases, the University determines eligibility based on other criteria, such as class rank and high school GPA. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their test scores if they test at a later date and request reconsideration for the Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Scholarship reconsideration: Students can request reconsideration for the Academic Excellence Scholarship based on new SAT/ACT test scores and/or class rank information. For Fall applicants, reconsideration requests will be accepted through March 1st. Students are responsible for submitting new high school transcripts and/or SAT/ACT test scores to the Office of Admission. Students must then notify the Office of University Scholarships that they would like their files to be reviewed again by calling 361-593-JESC (5372) or visiting the Javelina Enrollment Services Center.