Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Academic Achievement Scholarship (AAS) is a one-year $1,000 tuition scholarship that begins only during the fall semester. Recipients who are international or non-resident may be eligible to pay Texas resident tuition during the terms of the scholarship. If all scholarship requirements are met during year one of the award, the student will automatically receive a one-year renewal of the scholarship, pending availability of funds.


Newly admitted doctoral and master of fine art students who have completed less than 12 graduate credit hours towards their degree program will be considered for this award.  Please note that if you also receive a Tuition Benefit Program award (TBP), the AAS will be utilized as the primary award and the TBP will utilized as the secondary award towards your tuition and mandatory fees only. For example, your AAS award = $500.00 and your TBP award = $2002.05 for a total award amount of $2502.05.

Students admitted during the Spring 2016 semester will be considered new for the 2016 – 2017 award year providing they do not have more than 12 graduate credit hours towards their degree program at the time of admission. 

Students required to attend the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) upon arrival will not be eligible to receive scholarship funds until they have completed satisfactorily the IELI program and are enrolled only in graduate credit hours towards their doctoral degree.

GPA Requirements:To be competitive for this award, students must have the following earned GPAs.

Master’s Degree GPA: 3.5
Undergraduate Degree GPA Overall: 3.0
Undergraduate Degree Last 60: 3.2

Holistic Review Criteria: Standardized test scores and condition of admission will be utilized by the selection committee for additional consideration.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the AAS is prior to midnight on the following days:

  • March 15, 2016 (early application deadline)
  • April 15, 2016

Application Submission

Graduate students that meet the eligibility requirements will need to apply online for consideration.

Selection Process

A selection committee comprised of at least 3 senior staff members from the Toulouse Graduate School will independently rank and review students based on the scholarship application data and Toulouse Graduate School admission data. A selection committee meeting to discuss and determine scholarship recipients by vote will be held within 1 month of each scholarship application deadline.

All students that apply for the Academic Achievement Scholarship will receive notification of the committee’s decision through the email address provided in their scholarship application. Those students offered the AAS will also receive an attached PDF offer letter to be signed and returned.

Scholarship Requirements

  1. Students will enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of 5000 or 6000 level courses (applicable to the degree program for which they were admitted to the University of North Texas) during both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. At least 12 graduate credit hours must be completed by the end of Spring 2017. Summer enrollment does not count towards the 12 hour requirement.

  2. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average (for every semester, as well as a cumulative 3.0), satisfactory progress in the degree program for which they were admitted, and meet all departmental criteria for satisfactory performance and progress. These criteria apply for the entire academic period in which the AAS is awarded. 

  3. All students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the final award process. However, students are not required to accept awards offered through the FAFSA. International students are not eligible to submit a FAFSA and are exempt from this requirement.

Additional Information

Please direct questions regarding the selection or scholarship requirements to Terri Yip, Coordinator of Fellowships and Scholarships,

Requirements for continued funding of individual scholarships are outlined in the scholarship offer letters.

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