Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials and high financial need are selected for our most prestigious Presidential Scholars program. Students are awarded an annual scholarship as well as additional funding to participate in an enrichment program during their four years at UT Austin. They are also part of a community of scholars, which provides additional networking opportunities for the students. Presidential Scholars are enrolled in all the colleges and schools within UT Austin and may also be members of honors programs and other university organizations and communities.
"Through the Presidential Scholars program, our students grow professionally and personally, becoming leaders who help maintain our university's reputation as one of the best public research universities in the world."
- Gregory L. Fenves, President, UT Austin
“Where some universities only claim to cultivate diversity, the Presidential Scholars award proves that this university takes action to financially and emotionally support those of us with diverse backgrounds. This program has shown me that there are individuals, working in and outside the program, who believe in those of us that others see as burdens.”
- Carolina Herrera, Presidential Scholar and 2016 First Place Essay Competition Winner