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Freshman Scholarship Application Special Instructions

Incoming Freshman Scholarship Program
http://scholarships.tamu.edu

The Incoming Freshman Scholarship Program encompasses several scholarships awarded by Scholarships & Financial Aid, including the Opportunity Award, Terry Scholarship, President's Endowed Scholarship and Lechner Scholarship. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: high school scholastic record, SAT I or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, awards, leadership experiences, and in some cases evidence of financial need. Stipends for these awards generally range from $500-$3,000 per year and are available for 1-4 years, dependent upon the individual scholarship. Incoming freshmen for the 2013-2014 academic year can apply online at any time between August 1, 2012 and December 1, 2012. A complete admission application including all required credentials, such as official high school transcripts, application fee, and SAT I or ACT test scores, must be received by the Admissions Office by December 1, 2012 to ensure scholarship consideration. Award recipients are notified of their selection status in late February 2013.

Awarding Scholarships at Texas A&M University
Application Deadline
Essay Submission
Transcripts, Test scores, and Supporting Documentation
Scholarship Program Details
Selection Criteria
Financial Need
International Student Financial Aid (ISFA)
Scholarship Committees
Housing Information
Notification of Awards
Checklist for Scholarship Applicants


Application Deadline

The deadline for the ApplyTexas Scholarship Application is December 1, 2012. Applications submitted or corresponding documents received after this date will only be considered for Corps of Cadets scholarships. All other Texas A&M University committees and non-Texas A&M University committees that use our scholarship application adhere to the same deadline. Be sure to proofread your application! Due to the volume of applications received, corrections to the application are not possible once submitted.

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Essay Submission

You are required to complete Essay Topics A and B. Essays should be typed or computer generated and should not exceed the space allotted. ONLY the first submission of each essay will be considered. Re-submissions will not be read. Applicants for the Terry Foundation Scholarship must complete THREE essays: Topics A and B (required for all scholarships) and a third Personal Essay.

Note About Essays and Formatting:
We strongly recommend that you type/compose and SAVE your essay in a different program (like NotePad or MS Word) using a mono-spaced font (like Courier), then copy and paste it into the provided text box. Be aware that when you save your text, it will be converted to a mono-spaced font and any formatting you may have done will be lost. This may cut off part of what you have written. Similarly, if you attempt to copy and paste any specially formatted text such as a bulleted list of items, the bullet format will be lost, making your text very difficult to read. Be sure to review all text answers and make any necessary revisions before submitting your application.

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Supporting Documentation

Transcripts

An official high school transcript indicating grades from the freshman through junior years and class rank at least through the junior year is required and must be received by the Office of Admissions by the scholarship deadline. (An official high school transcript is one that contains an embossed high school seal or the original signature of a high school counselor, registrar, or principal.) Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions. Neither Texas A&M University nor Scholarships & Financial Aid recognizes the word “OFFICIAL” stamped on the transcript as constituting an official high school transcript. Faxed copies of transcripts are not official and will not be accepted. Class rank should include rank and number in class. Admissions does not accept class rank as a percentile ranking only. (Acceptable format: 50/565. Unacceptable format: top 10%). Send all official transcripts in a sealed envelope from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended. Information on high school and/or school district, including types of courses offered, profile of student body, etc. is helpful in the scholarship evaluation process.

Freshman Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 30014
College Station, TX 77842-3014


SAT I or ACT Score

An SAT I or ACT score including writing component score is required. Test scores must be reported prior to December 1, 2012 for scholarship consideration. Texas A&M University considers the student’s highest, one-day test score regardless of how many times the test has been taken. The University does not combine the highest separate math, critical reading/verbal, and writing scores from different test dates. When registering to take these tests, you should direct the testing agency to send the scores to Texas A&M University. The TAMU SAT code is 6003; the TAMU ACT code is 4198. Scores from an official high school transcript may be considered if they are copied from the official strip-label from the testing agency; however, the preferred method of reporting scores is electronically directly from the testing agency. These scores will not be accepted if they are computer generated or manually typed.

Resumes

Resumes will not be considered for scholarship selection. Please enter the top ten activities in PRIORITY ORDER on the application. Priority should be given to those activities/awards that applicants have been involved in over four years of high school or those in which applicants have had significant leadership positions. Specific scholarships may require supporting documentation such as a letter of recommendation or proof of eligibility. Unless otherwise specified, do not submit letters of recommendation.

Note: Your scholarship application will be considered incomplete until we receive all required supporting documentation.

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Scholarship Program Details

Once submitted, this scholarship application is considered not only by Scholarships & Financial Aid, but also by the Corps of Cadets and many academic colleges and departments across campus in awarding freshman scholarships. In essence, by utilizing the ApplyTexas Scholarship Application, a single submission makes you eligible to be considered for over 2,000 individual scholarship awards. For additional information, you may review a listing of Texas A&M University departments and their scholarship application requirements at: http://sfaid.tamu.edu/ScholarshipsContact/WebPages/ScholarshipsContact/

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Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for the ApplyTexas Scholarship Application varies from scholarship to scholarship and from committee to committee. Some scholarships have very specific criteria while others have more general requirements. For example, some scholarships are awarded only to students who attend a particular high school while others are awarded based on either financial need or academic merit. Generally, scholarship committees look for students with high SAT or ACT scores, students who graduated in the top of their high school class, and students who are committed to extracurricular and volunteer activities.

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Financial Need

In order for the scholarship committees to determine an applicant's financial need, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available on-line at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  The FAFSA can also be obtained at any high school, community college, or four year college or university. Since the 2013-2014 ApplyTexas Scholarship Application must be completed by December 1st, just prior to the release of the 2013-2014 FAFSA, it is imperative that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after it is released, which is January 1 , 2013 for students beginning in the Fall of 2013.

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International Student Financial Aid (ISFA)

As an International Student you may qualify for various financial aid programs, including need-based aid, depending upon your visa status. For the 2013-2014 academic year, you may submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA). The deadline to submit the ISFAA is March 15. You may also be eligible to apply for an alternative student loan.

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Scholarship Committees

Numerous scholarship selection committees use the ApplyTexas Scholarship Application. Those that award University funded or University administered scholarships are largely composed of Texas A&M faculty and staff, and in certain cases, a small number of non-University members. The Scholarships & Financial Aid Selection Committee selects the largest number of recipients of University funded and University administered scholarship awards.

Additionally, applications may be shared with non-University committees that also use our scholarship application to administer and award private scholarship funds (including but not limited to the Terry Foundation and the Craig & Galen Brown Foundation).

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Housing Information
http://reslife.tamu.edu

Applications for on-campus housing are only available and accepted after the student has been admitted to the University. Assignments to residence halls are made on a first-come, first-serve basis dependent upon the date of their housing application. The on-campus housing application, Housing On the Web (HOW), can be found on-line at: http://reslife.tamu.edu/how/. Students are highly encouraged to complete this application as soon as they receive admittance to the University. Students earning an academic scholarship (President’s Endowed, Lechner, McFadden, President’s Achievement, Academic Achievement, Challenge, Century Scholar) are guaranteed on-campus housing if they choose that option as incoming freshmen and if they submit their housing applications by February 1st.

Only students who apply and are accepted to the University Honors Program will be eligible for Freshman Honors Housing Community (Lechner, McFadden or Haas). With rare exceptions University Honors students must live in Honors Housing to participate in the University Honors Program. All scholarship and non-scholarship students desiring residence hall placement must complete a housing application and pay a deposit of $300, plus an application fee of $25. The $300 deposit fee may be refundable as outlined in the contract, but the $25 application fee is not refundable. Scholarship recipients returning the housing application after February 1, 2013 cannot be guaranteed on-campus housing. Students facing extreme financial difficulties may submit a housing deposit waiver request to waive the $300 deposit fee (students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid-FAFSA available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/), but the $25 application fee still needs to be paid. If applying on-line, the housing assignments process is completed at one time from application to space offer and contract. Housing assignments will be emailed and viewable online after they have been released. Questions regarding on-campus housing should be directed to the Housing Assignments Office at 979-845-4744 or 888-451-3896. Scholarship recipients may choose a variety of housing options which could include the McFadden|Lechner|Haas Freshman Honors Community if spaces remain after all University Honors students are placed.

Notification of Awards

Scholarship funds are extremely limited and highly competitive. Every scholarship committee reviews many applications each year. Unfortunately, many qualified students do not receive awards.

Only scholarship award recipients will receive official notification from the committees. In general, most scholarship committees will make their final decisions and will begin notifying award recipients in late February. The notification process is usually completed by June 1st.

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Checklist for Scholarship Applicants

____ Have you submitted the scholarship application online?
____ Have you mailed an official high school transcript (with class rank) or requested that one be sent?
____ Have you requested SAT I or ACT scores (including writing portion scores) be sent to Texas A&M by the testing agency?
____ Have you paid the $75 Admission Application Fee ($90.00 for international students) or provided the required documentation for a fee waiver?

Freshman Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 30014
College Station, TX 77842-3014

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You may want to print this page for your information and records.

Proof your application carefully. No corrections or additions can be made to the scholarship application after submission.

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