• Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships

    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:

    2014-2015

    • Trustees Scholarship 63%
    • Presidents 45%
    • Deans 36%
    • (% based on 30 semester hours annual 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 Freshman
    Scholarships Amount Eligibility*
    Trustee Scholar $14,000/year 29+ ACT or 1920+ SAT
    Presidential Scholar $10,000/year 25 ACT or 1680 SAT
    Deans Scholar $8,000/year 21 ACT or 1450 SAT

    *Scores represent composite scores from the ACT & SAT with writing. Awards are tuition-specific for a maximum of eight (8) long semesters. Renewal requires a 2.5 GPA.

    Institutional Scholarships for Incoming Transfers
    Scholarships Amount Eligibility*
    Presidential Scholar $8,000/year 3.50 Transfer GPA
    Deans Scholar $6,000/year 3.00-3.49 Transfer GPA

    *Based on 24 transferable hours. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable credits will be evaluated under freshman admission and scholarship guidelines. Awards are tuition-specific for a maximum of eight (8) long semesters. Renewal requires a 2.5 GPA and full-time enrollment.

    All New Students
    Scholarships Amount Eligibility/Renewal
    Honors Scholarships $3,000/year Application and acceptance to Honors Program required. See Distinctive Programs in the ACADEMICS section of this website
    Leadership Scholarship $1,500/year Application and acceptance to Leadership Program required. See Distinctive Programs in the ACADEMICS section of this website
    Excel Scholarship $5,000/year

    Awarded to undergraduate students not initially qualifying for an academic scholarship, but have a 2.75 cumulative GPA after their first year. This scholarship will be awarded to students prior to the start of their second year at HSU. Renewable with a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

    Ministerial Grant $50/hour

    Application required.
    Apply through the Logsdon School of Theology;Satisfactory academic progress required for renewal
    Click Here for the current TEC Guidelines.

    Incoming Freshman Business Scholarship   Application required.
    Apply through the Kelley College of Business
    Church Matching
    (Baptist church)
    $1 for $1 match/year $500 maximum match per semester
    Satisfactory academic progress required for renewal
    Church Matching
    (non-Baptist church)
    $1 for $3 match/year $500 maximum match per semester
    Satisfactory academic progress required for renewal
    John Hardin Grant $3,250/year Students must file a FAFSA and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $16,224. 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 Up to $5,000/year Application required
    Students must file a FAFSA as well as submit a separate application for this award prior to the first payment deadline. Award amounts vary and will be applied after all other scholarship and grant aid has been awarded. Students meeting the following criteria may apply: dependents of full-time church ministers, missionaries, active military, and HSU alumni; participating in Christian leadership, student government, or extra-curricular activities. This award is renewable as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress and in good-standing.
    The Simmons Award is for new freshmen and transfer undergraduate students in 2014-2015.

    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) A non-refundable application fee, (3) Official high school transcript, (4) Official academic transcript for previous college work (if applicable), and (5) Eligible ACT/SAT scores (if applicable). (6) 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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