Institutional Scholarships

Academic Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Scholarships 2020-21 Annual Award Eligibility* Renewal GPA
Trustee $18,000 Scholarship awards are based upon test scores and high school academic criteria.  Utilize the Net Price Calculator to see how you may qualify. 3.75
Presidents $16,000 3.25
Deans $14,000 2.75
University $12,000 2.25
National Merit Awards Graduates named National Merit Finalist or Semi-finalist entering HSU as a new, first-time freshman. Students must provide their National Merit Certificate to verify award. *Not applicable for students with a scholarship from the Honors Program.
Finalist 100% tuition 3.50
Semi-Finalist 50% tuition 3.00
Honors Program Awards Application and admission into the Julius Olsen Honors Program required. Honors scholarships will take the place of academic awards listed above.
Leland Award 100% Tuition Selection by Honors Faculty Council.
Honors Scholarship $21,000 Selection by Honors Faculty Council.

*Institutional scholarships are only available for programs for which regular, block tuition is assessed. The above scholarships cannot be applied to other programs, including online programs. The above scholarships apply to first-time freshmen who begin attendance in the 2020-2021 academic year. For students who began attendance in previous years, please view your academic catalog for renewal amounts.

Academic Scholarships for Incoming Transfers

Scholarships 2020-21 Annual Award Eligibility* Renewal GPA
Presidents $14,000 3.50 Transfer GPA 3.25
Deans $12,000 3.00 Transfer GPA 2.75
University $10,000 2.50 Transfer GPA 2.25
Transfer $8,000 2.00 Transfer GPA 2.00
Phi Theta Kappa $2,000 PTK must be indicated on transcript 3.25

*Institutional scholarships are only available for programs for which regular, block tuition is assessed. The above scholarships cannot be applied to other programs, including online programs. 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. The above scholarships apply to first-time transfer students who begin attendance in the 2020-2021 academic year. For students who began attendance in previous years, please view your academic catalog for renewal amounts.

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 to undergraduate 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. *Not applicable for students with a scholarship from the Honors Program.
National Merit – Commended Application required through Scholarship Central. Awarded to 2020 graduates named National Merit Commended or National Hispanic Recognition entering HSU as a new, first-time freshman. Students must provide their National Merit Certificate to verify award. *Not applicable for students with a scholarship from the Honors Program.
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship Awarded to 2020 high school graduates who rank #1 or #2 in their class. Students must submit an official transcript indicating class rank to be awarded this one-year scholarship. *Not applicable for students with a scholarship from the Honors Program.
Cynthia Ann Parker Endowed Presidential Scholars Program The Cynthia Ann Parker Endowed Presidential Scholars Program is established to ensure scholarship funds for the recruitment and retention of students that demonstrate a high desire and ability to succeed in any of the disciplines of the College of Liberal Arts. Individuals selected for the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts scholarships are to be identified as the Cynthia Ann Parker Scholars.
Ministerial Financial Assistance Application required 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.
Simmons Exchange Grant The Simmons Exchange Grant is funded by various sources. The Lord has blessed HSU with donations from many alumni, parents, friends and foundations who generously give to HSU each year. These gifts plus grant programs such as TEG and SEOG make up what we call the Simmons Exchange Grant, which lowers the tuition cost of an HSU education. Students awarded additional endowed scholarships and/or other grants will see their Simmons Exchange Grant decrease as it is replaced with specific grants or the names of generous donors who gave sacrificially to help lower your tuition cost.