Distinguished Freshman Award

At UTA we celebrate the exceptional students selected for the College Board National Recognition Programs. The Distinguished Freshman Award is open to incoming freshmen that have been selected for designations through any of the four National Recognition Programs for their first year at UTA.

The National Recognition Programs include:

  • Hispanic Recognition Program
  • African American Recognition Program
  • Rural and Small Town Recognition Program
  • Indigenous Recognition Program
  • National Merit Semifinalists
  • National Honor Society (NHS) Officers
  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Alumnus
  • Salutatorians

Eligible students will have taken the PSAT, MSSQT, PSAT 10, and received notification of their National Recognition Program status directly from the College Board to be eligible for this award. For details on the criteria or how to qualify please visit the College Board, National Honor Society or Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership websites for details on the criteria or how to qualify for this award.

Salutatorians must send the official, final transcript from high school to the UTA Admissions Office. Please send an email to include your name and UTA student ID number to schol@uta.edu, advising of your status once the final transcript has been submitted.

Please forward the email confirmation from the College Board to the UTA Scholarships Office at schol@uta.edu to be considered for the Distinguished Freshman Award. The designation will then be verified with the College Board.

Students awarded the Distinguished Freshman Award will receive it for their first fall and spring semesters at UTA. A student may only receive the Distinguished Freshman award for one National Recognition Program category. Receiving designations in multiple National Recognition Program groups will not result in additional Distinguished Freshman Awards. This award is not stackable with other awards/designations from the College Board and is not renewable. This award can be received in addition to other scholarships offered for incoming freshmen through the Scholarships Office.  This scholarship does not include the non-resident waiver.

The deadline to submit your documentation to be considered for this award is September 7, 2022.