The Opportunity Award is designed to provide scholarships for a first year freshman with outstanding high school records. Selection is based on an applicant's high school academic record, character, activities, leadership ability, SAT or ACT scores and, in some cases, evidence of financial need. Stipends for these awards generally range from $100 to $12,500 per year. Out-of-state students may be eligible to receive a non-resident tuition waiver after receiving a competitive scholarship of a specified minimum dollar amount from Texas A&M University.
Effective Fall 2017, students must be awarded and maintain competitive scholarships of at least $4,000 per academic year in order to qualify for this waiver. Current students with existing and continuing scholarship awards may continue to receive this waiver at the previous $1,000 threshold. All new students and new scholarship recipients are subject to the $4,000 minimum.
- You must be an entering freshman who has not attended another college or university.
- You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based awards.
In order to provide the most opportunity to the greatest number of students, Texas A&M does not stack Opportunity Award Scholarships. If you qualify for more than one Opportunity Award Scholarship you will receive the highest dollar-value scholarship only.
Opportunity Awards range from one year to four year awards. Multi-year awarded students must meet eligibility requirements to continue receiving their scholarship award in future years.
Prospective students can apply using the ApplyTexas Application
or the Coalition Application
for Freshman Admission. Students must complete the admissions application along with the scholarship application to be considered.
If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application will remain open until 11:59 PM (CST) on the following Monday.