• Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships for 2016-2017

    Students are considered for scholarships based on a combination of the following criteria: academic preparation and performance, standardized testing, co-curricular involvement, enrollment status, and anticipated major. Except where noted, no additional application is required; admissions and financial aid applications are also used for scholarship evaluation. Requirements and/or evaluation criteria are subject to change. Awards funded by HSU are capped at tuition.

    Due to our unique tuition guarantee, HSU scholarships provide constant discounts on tuition every year for 4 years:

    • Trustee = 61% of tuition
    • Presidents = 48% of tuition
    • Deans = 42% of tuition
    • Big Country = 40% of tuition
    • University = 34% of tuition
    Since your tuition rate does not increase each year, the value of your scholarship is constant throughout your college career. When calculating total financial aid against total costs, this factor provides considerable savings to the total cost of your education.
    Institutional Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
    Scholarships Annual Award Eligibility*
    Trustee $15,500 29+ ACT or 1920 SAT or 1350 RSAT
    Presidents $12,000 25 ACT or 1680 SAT or 1200 RSAT
    Deans $10,500 23 ACT or 1560 SAT or 1130 RSAT
    University $8,500 20 ACT or 1390 SAT  or 1020 RSAT
    Big Country $10,000 Awarded to 2016 high school students accepted for regular admission who graduate from a high school in one of the 24 counties defined as "The Big Country." Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Fisher, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mills, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green
    National Merit Awards   2016 graduates named National Merit Finalist or Semi-finalist entering HSU as a new, first-time freshmen. Students must provide their National Merit Certificate to verify award.
    Finalist 100% tuition
    Semi-Finalist 50% tuition

    *Scores represent composite scores from the ACT, SAT, and the new RSAT.
    For all institutional scholarships, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree to continue to receive the award. Awards are tuition-specific for a maximum of eight (8) long semesters. Renewal requires a 2.0 GPA and full-time enrollment. Students may receive only one of the scholarship awards listed above.. For the Big Country Scholarship, students must meet regular admission requirements and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree to receive the award.

    Institutional Scholarships for Incoming Transfers
    Scholarships Annual Award Eligibility*
    Presidents $12,000 3.50 Transfer GPA
    Deans $9,500 3.00 Transfer GPA
    University $8,000 2.00 Transfer GPA
    Phi Theta Kappa $2,000 PTK must be indicated on transcript

    *Based on 24 transferable hours. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable credits will be evaluated under freshman admission and scholarships guidelines. Awards are tuition-specific for a maximum of eight (8) long semesters. Official college transcripts are required to validate the cumulative GPA and the number of transferrable credit hours. Renewal requires a 2.0 GPA and full-time enrollment..

    Other Scholarship Awards
    Scholarships Annual Award Eligibility/Renewal
    Heritage Scholarship $1,500 Awarded to all incoming students in 2016-2017: whose parent/sibling graduated from Hardin-Simmons University, who currently have a brother/sister attending HSU, whose parent is currently serving in full-time Christian ministry, or whose parent is currently serving as a full-time missionary.
    National Merit - Commended $1,500 2016 graduates named National Merit Commended or National Hispanic Recognition entering HSU as a new, first-time freshmen. Students must provide their National Merit Certificate to verify award.
    National Hispanic Recognition Award  
    Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship $1,500 2016 graduates who ranked #1 or #2 in their high school class. Students must submit an official transcript indicating your class rank to be awarded this one-year scholarship.
    Honors Scholarships $3,000 Application and acceptance to Honors Program required. See Distinctive Programs in the ACADEMICS section of this website
    Leadership Scholarship Varied Amounts Available to students chosen for admission to the HSU Leadership Studies Program and is based upon satisfactory participation and performance in the program.
    More information is available at www.hsutx.edu/academics/leadership.
    Amount TBD by Program Director.
    Ministerial Financial Assistance Varied Amounts Application required.
    Apply through the Logsdon School of Theology. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress required for renewal
    Click Here for the current TEC Guidelines.
    See Logsdon School of Theology page for application and requirements.
    Business Scholarship TBD Application required. Apply through the Kelley College of Business using either the new incoming freshmen or the new transfer students application.
    Church Match Scholarship $1 for $1 match/year HSU will match designated Christian church gifts up to $2000/year, per student. Students must complete and submit the Church Match Scholarship Form annually to receive the match.
    John Hardin Grant up to $3,000/year This need-based award will only be applied to full-time undergraduates students once Texas Tuition Equalization Grant funds have been depleted, except in the case of an out-of-state student. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete 24 hours in an academic year to maintain eligibility. Eligibility for this award ceases after five years. This award is capped at tuition.
    James Simmons Award Amount determined by financial need as calculated by the FAFSA Students must file a FAFSA for this award prior to the first payment deadline. Students with financial need as determined by the FAFSA will receive priority for this award. Award amounts vary and will be applied after all other scholarship and grant aid has been awarded. This award is renewable as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress and in good-standing.
    Excel Scholarship $8,000 Awarded to undergraduate students who did not initially qualify for an academic scholarship, but have a 2.0 cumulative GPA after their first year at HSU . Renewable with a 2.0 cumulative GPA. This award requires full-time enrollment.
    Kiker Scholarship $1,000 Awarded to 2nd-year HSU students majoring in or planning to teach in the fields of math or science. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA at the beginning of the fall semester of their second year, be in good standing and free from any disciplinary action to be awarded this one-year scholarship.

    Please Note: Students must be approved for admission before Institutional Scholarships can be awarded, new students must submit the following: (1) Application for admission, (2) Official high school transcript, (3) Official academic transcript for previous college work (if applicable), and (4) Eligible ACT/SAT scores (if applicable). (5) 3 Letters of Recommendation (if applicable).

    All institutional aid, including departmental awards, are HSU-tuition-specific scholarships. McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, International Studies Program, and the Physical Therapy Program tuition charges are not covered.

    Scholarships are renewable for up to a maximum of eight (8) consecutive semesters, provided that full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress is being made. Availability beyond eight (8) semesters is on appeal basis only and subject to availability of funds.

    Numerous endowed and restricted scholarships are available through the various departments. Contact the department head related to your major for details.

    Outside Scholarships

    In addition to scholarship awards made by HSU shown below under Institutional Scholarships, numerous foundations, organizations and individuals also make scholarship awards. To access outside scholarship information and applications, please visit our online scholarship resource, "My Scholarship Guide."

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