• Scholarships

    Following admission to HSU, 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. Admission and financial aid applications may be used for scholarship. Requirements and/or evaluation criteria are subject to change.

    Institutional scholarships are applied to fall and spring semester only and renewed annually after each spring semester. Some specific scholarships are awarded on an annual basis only.

    All awards funded by HSU are tuition-specific. Tuition for the Intercollegiate program (ACU, McMurry), Study Abroad beyond one semester and Physical Therapy programs are not covered.

    Institutional Scholarships for 2018-2019

    Academic Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
    Scholarships Annual Award Eligibility* Renewal GPA
    Trustee $16,500 29+ ACT or 1350 SAT 3.50
    Presidents $14,500 25 ACT or 1200 SAT 3.00
    Deans $13,000 23 ACT or 1130 SAT 2.50
    University $12,000 20 ACT or 1020 SAT 2.00
    Texas $12,000 Awarded to any freshman student graduating from a Texas high school (public, private, or homeschool) and receiving regular admission to HSU. May not be received in addition to an academic scholarship above. 2.00
    National Merit Awards   2017 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   3.50
    Semi-Finalist 50% tuition   3.00

    Academic Scholarships for Incoming Transfers
    Scholarships Annual Award Eligibility* Renewal GPA
    Presidents $13,000 3.50 Transfer GPA 3.00
    Deans $11,000 3.00 Transfer GPA 2.50
    University $9,500 2.50 Transfer GPA 2.00
    Transfer $8,500 2.00 Transfer GPA 2.00
    Phi Theta Kappa $2,000 PTK must be indicated on transcript 3.00

    *Based on 24 transferable hours. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable credits will be evaluated under freshman admission and scholarships guidelines. Official college transcripts are required to validate the cumulative GPA and the number of transferable credit hours.

    If the GPA minimum for an Academic Scholarship is not met, the student may receive a scholarship commensurate with her/his current GPA. Scholarships will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester and again at the end of the summer terms.

    Other Scholarship Awards
    Scholarships Eligibility/Renewal
    Heritage Scholarship Awarded students: 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 Application required through Scholarship Central. 2018 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 Application required through Scholarship Central. 2018 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 Application and acceptance to Honors Program required. See Distinctive Programs in the ACADEMICS section of this website
    Leadership Scholarship Application required through Scholarship Central. Available to students chosen for admission to the HSU Leadership Studies Program. Renewal 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 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.
    Church Match Scholarship HSU will match designated Christian church gifts $1 for $1 up to $2000/year, per student. Students must complete and submit the Church Match Scholarship Form annually to receive the match. May not be received in addition to the Christian Service Scholarship.
    John Hardin Grant FAFSA required. This need-based award will only be applied to full-time undergraduate students. 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 FAFSA required. Students with financial need will receive priority for this award. Award amounts vary and applied after all other scholarship and grant aid.

    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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