The Thomas S. Gathright Scholar Award is presented by The Association of Former Students in conjunction with Texas A&M's Student Government Association. The award was established in April 1973 and is given annually to the outstanding sophomore, junior, and senior of each academic college. Named in honor of the first president of the A&M College of Texas, this award recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement on a university-wide scale.

The Gathright Scholar Award is given yearly at the Parents' Weekend All-University Awards Ceremony and carries a great deal of prestige. The selection criteria calls for nomination of outstanding students by the dean of their respective college.