Who are Texas Scholars?


Texas Scholar Award® recipients exhibit leadership and good citizenship through excellence in their academics while maintaining a diverse and competitive involvement in extracurricular activities. At the same time, they demonstrated commitment to, and leadership in, civic and faith-based community programs. In short, they are individuals whose academic progress and success serves as a priority as they prepare to continue their education in colleges or universities across the country.

The criteria for the 2013 Program were the most stringent, and the level of competition was stronger, than all prior years.

The following highlights reflect the Class of 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program.

1,528 nominations were accepted for the competition. These came from 403 unique high schools and live in 342 different cities/towns across Texas. They were nominated by 1,100 different counselors. The applicant pool was so strong that, in addition to the eminence of the 50 Texas Scholar Award® recipients, 52% of the 250 students who were selected as Honorable Mention Scholars rank in the top 1% of their graduating class and 88% are in the top 5%. 28% received National Merit Honors, and all 250 demonstrated a diversity of involvement, leadership, and success in scholastic or athletic competitions as well as in community and church programs.

50 Texas Scholars were selected (3.3% selection rate) representing 50 different high schools. While accomplishing this level of achievement, these students distinguished themselves in interscholastic competition in one or more classifications.

    • 96% rank in the top 5% of their class
      • 76% in the top 1%
    • 92% have GPA’s that exceed the scale
    • 86% received National Merit honors
    • 68% scored 2000 or higher on their SATs
    • 72% scored 31 or higher on their ACTs
    • 48% are AP Scholars

    • In addition to the above,
      • 76 % held part-time jobs, or did significant part-time volunteer work during the school year
      • 82 % were leaders in, or were involved in, faith-based extracurricular activities
      • 78 % were involved in other community activities