Merit Scholarships

While a college education is a big investment, it can significantly boost your lifetime earnings power! That’s great news, especially when there are a number of ways to lower the cost of a college education that aren’t related to financial need.

Your hard work can pay off... Merit scholarships are awarded based on a number of performance factors such as academics, test scores, extracurricular activities, community service and more. It is not based on your family’s need for financial aid. 

What are the award amounts for FTIC Merit Scholarships?

First Time In College (FTIC) Merit

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FTIC Merit Scholarships Annual Award Amounts ($)
Oakley $6,000
Outstanding $4,000/$5,000
Excellence $3,000/$4,000
Pioneer $2,000/$3,000

Boldly Go Scholarships

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Boldly Go (Texas residents living outside Denton) Annual Award Amounts ($)
500+ miles from Denton $5,000
300–499 miles from Denton $4,000
200–299 miles from Denton (First Generation or Financial Need) $3,000
100–199 miles from Denton (First Generation or Financial Need) $2,000

These Boldly Go scholarships stack with FTIC Merit Scholarships.

Transfer Merit

  • $2,000 for full-time students
  • $1,000 for part-time students (Primarily reserved for students enrolled in two colleges in dual programs – Nursing and Dental Hygiene)

Master's & Doctoral Merit

Awards determined by the General Scholarship Committee:

  • $1,000 minimum

When are Merit Scholarships awarded?

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  • Eligible, First Time In College (FTIC) students will be notified of an award after being admitted - typically within a week!
  • Transfer Student awards are reviewed and awarded weekly for non-cohort based students (exceptions to students showing high financial need) 
  • Master’s & Doctoral awards are determined by the General Scholarship Committee and have no set timing for notification. 

Are the Merit Scholarships renewable?

Yes, as long as scholarship requirements are being met and funds are available. Renewal periods vary based on classification.

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Classification Renewal Period (Consecutive)
FTIC 4 years (8 long semesters) or upon graduation, whichever comes first
Transfer 2 years (60+ credit hours)
3 years (Less than 60 credit hours)
Master's 2 years
Master's of Fine Arts 3 years
Doctorate 3 years

Page last updated 2:54 PM, November 29, 2022