Whose kidding whom? UT ended NMS participation for the same reason UCal did: the winners are NAMs. Why has the NMS Corporation Achievement Scholars and Hispanic Recognition? Currently Texas NMS PSAT cutoff score is 217, or say about 1450 on two SAT parts. My guess: any NAM with 1450 SATs and decent high school grades is in: Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, etc., on a "full ride" such that UT has no NAM NMSs. I doubt the "number of "students seeking financial aid' had anything to do with the decision. The Houston Chronicle got some letters critical of the decision saying just this. See my 7 July 2009 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/07/columbia-changes.html.
What nonsense. In 2008 141,733 Texans took the SAT. Using this as a proxy, I estimate we had 1,500 NMS finalists of whom 5-10 were NAMs. I doubt any of these NAMs went to UT-Austin.