Texas Tech University

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We're excited to participate in the Texas First Diploma Scholarship program. This prestigious opportunity enables you to graduate early with the Distinguished Level of Achievement and receive a scholarship to attend college. As one of Texas' top students, you may be eligible to accelerate your path to college and receive a scholarship for one or two semesters at Texas Tech University!

If you're on track to graduate with a Texas First Diploma, let us know!

Program Details

Students who graduate two or more semesters before their class receive a two-semester scholarship, equivalent to the amount of the TEXAS grant, to attend college. Students who graduate one semester early receive a one-semester scholarship. The scholarship may supplement any additional financial aid they may receive from Texas Tech University.

The Texas First Diploma does not guarantee automatic admission. A student should consult their counselor for guidance on whether the student qualifies for automatic admission under the state's top 10 percent law.

The scholarship expires at the end of the first academic year following graduation, so students are encouraged to attend college directly after high school.

More Information


Meet with your high school counselor and they will determine if you are eligible. Texas Tech University does not determine eligibility for this scholarship.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will issue a certificate to those students who meet the eligibility requirements. You will then email your certificate to Texas Tech for review and processing to finaid.advisor@ttu.edu.

Eligible students must demonstrate college readiness in academics and attitude. Eligibility requirements also include the following:

  • Texas residency
  • FAFSA or TASFA completion
  • At least 22 high school credits
  • Final GPA equivalent to 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Overall score in at least the 80th percentile on one or more of the following assessments: ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, TSIA/TSIA2, or GED; or, alternatively, a GPA in the top 10 percent of the student's class
  • Completion of the STAAR EOC exams in English I or II, Algebra I, and Biology, or completion of eligible substitute assessments
  • Demonstration of mastery in each subject area of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and a language other than English.
Students should contact their counselor to learn more about this program and verify their eligibility.

The scholarship offer will expire at the end of the first academic year following your graduation, so we encourage you to attend college directly after high school.

Don't forget to talk to your counselor to see if this is the right path for you!

If you have questions about this program or need assistance, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships using the information found below.