• Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships for 2017-2018

    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.

    Most institutional scholarships are renewable up to eight (8) consecutive long semesters provided satisfactory academic progress is being made, full-time enrollment status is maintained, and renewal grade point minimums are being met. 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.

    Academic Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen
    Scholarships Annual Award Eligibility* Renewal GPA
    Trustee $15,500 29+ ACT or 1920 SAT or 1350 RSAT 3.50
    Presidents $13,000 25 ACT or 1680 SAT or 1200 RSAT 3.00
    Deans $11,500 23 ACT or 1560 SAT or 1130 RSAT 2.50
    University $11,000 20 ACT or 1390 SAT  or 1020 RSAT 2.00
    Texas $11,000 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 $12,000 3.50 Transfer GPA 3.00
    Deans $9,500 3.00 Transfer GPA 2.50
    University $8,000 2.00 Transfer GPA 2.00
    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. 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. The original scholarship may be reinstated once the student achieves the GPA minimum. A student may not receive a scholarship of higher value than her/his original award. Scholarships will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester and again at the end of the summer terms.


    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 2017 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 2017 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. May not be received in addition to the Christian Service Scholarship.
    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.
    Alumni Legacy Scholarship Varies Undergraduate Child or Grandchild of an HSU graduate (bachelor-level degree) or former student who attended at least six consecutive semesters at HSU. For the purposes of this scholarship, the legacy relationship is further defined as a blood relative or legal dependent of said HSU graduate or former student. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for applications that are transfer students or current HSU students. This scholarship is a one-time award that is awarded in the fall and spring semesters only. You can find a link to the application here.

    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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