HSU’s “Lights Camera Free Ride!” Video Contest Offers One-Year Free Ride to Incoming Freshmen


(Abilene, Texas) - A short video could win an incoming student a free ride to Hardin-Simmons for their freshman year through the third annual "Lights Camera Free Ride!" video contest.

The first place winner will receive tuition, room, and meals for the 2017-18 academic year, with an estimated value of $33,518. The runner-up winner will receive an on-campus room for the 2017-18 academic year, with an estimated value of up to $3,900. 

The remaining top 25 winners will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship to HSU.

"HSU is a unique and authentic experience," said Grant Greenwood, director of Admission and Recruiting at HSU. "Those who choose to attend HSU typically feel called to our campus. LCFR is your opportunity to share why you chose HSU out of all of the colleges in the US. Faculty, staff and current students all have a 'choose HSU' story. What's yours?"

To enter the contest, students need to create a 30-to-60 video explaining why they want to attend HSU. In the video, future students will display their talent, creativity, and passion for HSU and show how an HSU education will help them achieve their goals.

Entries in the contest will be accepted through December 31, 2016.  Online voting will take place between January 1 to 31, 2017. The winners will be announced February 18, 2017. Learn more about the contest: http://www.hsutx.edu/lcfr/

Making higher education more affordable is a priority for HSU. In addition to the "Lights Camera Free Ride!" contest, HSU offers a wide range of scholarships to qualified students. Overall, 98 percent of the HSU student body receives financial aid. 

Located in West Central Texas, Hardin-Simmons University is a liberal arts institution with 50 major and minor academic programs in fields such as business, nursing, education, science, ministry, leadership, music, and more.  Part of the National Collegiate Athletic association, Division III, and the American Southwest Conference, HSU fields 16 athletic teams and many club and intramural sports teams, offering students a robust college sports experience.

Founded in 1891, HSU was voted as one of the "Best Western" universities by Princeton Review (2015) and ranked as one of the best "Regional Universities West" by US News & World Report (2016).  In addition to its friendly welcoming atmosphere, the University also is noted for its stunning tree-lined campus, well-designed layout, and classic brick architecture. 


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