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Regents' Scholars

The Regents' Scholarship is designed to assist first-generation college students in achieving their educational goals at Texas A&M University. Six hundred recipients will receive up to $5,000 per year for up to four years – with the ability to add other scholarship.
Eligibility
You must be a first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree). Your family’s adjusted gross income must be less than $40,000 per year as verified through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must meet the requirements of the Regents’ Scholarship Program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status. For details, please visit the Award Proration information page.

Additionally, Regents' Scholars that began their enrollment at Texas A&M University during or after the summer 2013 term (i.e. Class of 2017 and subsequent class years) are required to have earned 30 hours by the end of their first academic year, 60 hours by the end of their second academic year, and 90 hours by the end of their third academic year. An academic year entails the fall, spring, and summer terms. Hours earned via transfer credit, dual credit, and AP/IB testing may be used towards the completion of this requirement.
Duration
The award is a four-year award, pending Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), completion of 30/60/90 hours each academic year, and completion of Regents’ Scholarship Program requirements.
Application
You must have a completed FAFSA on file with Texas A&M University prior to March 15, 2015. We suggest completing your FAFSA by March 1, 2015 in order to ensure it will be processed by Texas A&M in time for the March 15 priority deadline. To determine whether or not you might be eligible to receive one of these scholarships, please visit our Regents' Scholarship Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Note: This program is limited to approximately 600 students each year. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as students have completed their financial aid application, turned in all requested documentation and our office has verified eligibility.

First Year Requirements
Live on campus
Regents’ Scholars should apply for housing through the on-campus housing website at reslife.tamu.edu within 30 days of being admitted to Texas A&M University for priority housing or by May 1 at the latest; however we suggest applying for housing as soon as possible. Living on campus is an important part of the college experience. As an on-campus resident, recipients will have the opportunity to live in a community, get involved in residence halls and campus events, have access to trained residence life staff members for advice, make lasting friendships, and have easier access to classes and extracurricular activities.
Attend the Regents’ Scholars Orientation
Each fall, Regents’ Scholars participate in the Regents’ Scholars Orientation prior to the start of classes. The orientation is held during Gig’em Week, Aggieland’s Official Week of Welcome. Students will have the opportunity to learn information on financial aid management, academic life, and student life.
Participate in an Academic Success Program
Regents’ Scholars participate in an Academic Success Program as designated by their college during their first year at Texas A&M. Success programs provide first year students the best academic start for college and provide skills and knowledge to excel in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Programs typically have clustered courses, out of classroom learning experiences, social and service activities, and peer or faculty mentors.
Attend the Regents’ Scholars Spring Banquet
Regents’ Scholars attend the spring banquet during the conclusion of their first year. Students are meant to reflect on their past year while enjoying a dinner with their fellow Regents’ Scholars.
Maintaining Eligibility after the first year
  • Complete the FAFSA and continue to possess financial need as defined by the Department of Education.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office, and earn 30 hours each academic year for the class years entering in the Fall 2013 and beyond. Regents’ Scholars not meeting SAP at the end of their first year will be required to participate in the RS2 (Regents’ Scholars Sophomore) Learning Community.
More information can be found in the Regents' Scholars Program FAQ brochure.

“With the Regents’ Scholarship, I was able to be in an academic success program. The program is a great way of familiarizing students with the demands of college, fostering academic growth and leadership potential.”
- Daniel Foncannon ‘14
The Regents’ Scholars Program (RSP) offers many programs in which students may participate to build their leadership and time management skills through active involvement. If you have any questions about the Regents’ Scholarship or its programs, please email regentsscholarship@tamu.edu.
 
Aggie Pals: Go Write to College (AP) is a program within the RSP that allows sophomore, junior and senior Regents’ Scholars to write to fourth grade pen pals at Bertram Elementary School and Red Bluff Elementary School throughout the fall and spring academic year. In the spring semester, fourth graders are provided the opportunity visit the Aggie Pals by traveling to Aggieland.
 
The Older, Wiser Leaders (OWLs) are junior or senior Regents’ Scholars who serve as mentors to the Regents’ Scholars Sophomore (RS2) Learning Community. OWLs create a non-judgmental environment for sophomore Regents’ Scholars who did not excel during their transition from high school to college during their freshman year.
 
The Orientation Planning Board (OPB) consists of six students who work together to plan the upcoming Regents’ Scholars Orientation. Selected by the OPB, Orientation Counselors (OCs) help manage the Regents’ Scholars Orientation by providing guidance to first year recipients during the event.
 
The Regents’ Scholars Organization (RSO) is a recognized student-led organization. RSO upholds the Regents’ Scholars Program motto “Pay it forward” and participates in events and socials to get acquainted with first-generation college students. Please visit rso.tamu.edu for more information. Regents’ Encouraging Prospective Students (REPS) is a program within RSO that allows current RSO members to use their experiences as college students to inform and encourage prospective students to apply to Texas A&M University during recruiting visits to campus.
 

“With the Regents’ Scholarship, I am able to work with amazing advisors to make the transition to college wonderful so that I can grow as a leader and exemplify what it means to be a Fightin' Texas Aggie.”
- Cesiah Jimenez '18

The Regents’ Scholars Organization (RSO), established in the fall of 2007, provides an opportunity for Regents’ Scholars to form a close knit community at Texas A&M University. The mission of RSO is to help first generation students with their college endeavors and to serve the community with excellence and integrity. It provides a "home" organization for its members. It strives to maximize academic and social cohesion with diligence, honesty, and dedication within the community.

Members will be recipients of the Regents’ Scholarship or students interested in supporting first- generation students. The organization host monthly meetings and participates in community service projects, fundraising events, and social events.

The RSO Executive Board members are selected to one-year terms by an application and interview process. Applications for the board become available during the last week of February; interviews are held in March.

Regents' Scholars Organization Executive Board

Regents' Scholars Orientation Planning Board