Outside scholarships – those that are funded by private individuals, foundations, organizations, play an important role in providing gift revenue that you can use to pay your educational costs. You can apply for numerous outside scholarships online, although some scholarships require you to complete a paper application. All have certain required qualifications that applicants must meet, and all have an application filing deadline.
This guide is provided to permit easy access to some available outside scholarships, many of which are local or regional. The content of this guide is frequently revised as old scholarship offers expire and new ones take their places. There are many other outside scholarships available that aren’t covered in this guide, so be sure to do other searches related to your intended major, your parents’ employers, your church or denomination, and other unique aspects about you.
Legitimate scholarship offers will require specific information about you and often the application requires you to provide a written statement about your need or qualification eligibility, but none will ask for personal financial access information (your personal bank account or credit card information). In your searches, those kinds of personal financial information are generally an indication of an illegitimate offer, and they should be avoided. If you are completing an online application, look in the URL address line to be sure you are logged into a secure site (https://). If you are not, the information you provide may be accessed by others. If you are unsure of a specific scholarship or application process, please contact the HSU Financial Aid Office.
The Abilene Community Foundation annually awards scholarships to local high school seniors and to students currently enrolled in one of the local universities. Eligibility requirements vary by award. To gain access to the list of awards and apply, create an account with the ACF Academic works system.
Deadline: April 1 annually
The Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for different colleges/universities and fields of study, and eligibility for scholarships is based on the student’s county of residence, planned college or university, and/or anticipated field of study. While most of the scholarship funds available are for graduating high school seniors, there are a few funds available for currently enrolled college students.
Deadline: Second Friday in February at 12 p.m. (noon)
APA and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants, scholarships, and awards with the aim of advancing science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare. The database allows you to narrow your search for scholarships to fund your education by category and due dates.
The Army Scholarship Foundation awards one-year financial scholarships (not grants or loans) on an annual basis to qualified and deserving students. The amount of award ranges from $500 to $2000 for undergraduate studies at accredited educational/technical institutions. Scholarship recipients may apply to renew their scholarships annually for a total of four years of higher education. Renewal is not automatic, but depends on academic performance and continued academic eligibility. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record and participation in school and community activities.
- Be sons or daughters of regular active duty, active duty Reserve, or active duty National Guard U.S. Army members in good standing,
- OR be spouses of serving enlisted regular active duty, active duty Reserve, or active duty National Guard U.S. Army members in good standing,
- OR must be sons or daughters of former U.S. Army members who received an honorable discharge or medical discharge, or who were killed while serving in the U.S. Army.
- Be high school seniors, high school graduates, or registered as undergraduate students at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution.
- Have a 2.0-grade point average on a 4 point system.
- Be a U.S. citizen. •Not have reached their 24th birthday by the application deadline date in the year they apply if they are a child of an Army member.
- Not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university.
Deadline: Opens in January, due April 15th, 2018
Website: Army Foundation scholarship page
The Austin Community Foundation scholarship requires the applicant to create an account with their website. A general application will be done that will evaluate and match students to awards they qualify for, which will then take you to individual applications for each award. A monthly newsletter is also available to keep student informed of opportunities.
Deadline: varies by award, generally in early to mid spring
Website: ACF scholarships page
Applicants are primarily high school seniors, but awards are available for students currently enrolled in college. A general application through the CF website evaluates the student to match them with awards they are eligible for.
Deadline: 3 deadlines of March 1, April 1, and May 1
Website: Communities Foundation of Texas
Awards more than 100 scholarships to South Plains area students every year. The application process varies depending on the award, which all have different eligibility requirements. View the current scholarships page to access and apply for awards.
Deadline: April 15
Website: CFWT current scholarships
Awarded to students from the Dallas area. Eligibility requirements vary by award. Check individual listings to see if you are eligible and the application process.
Deadline: April, varies by award
Website: Dallas Foundation Scholarship page
See individual awards to see detailed eligibility requirements. At the end of the scholarship’s description, you will click Access Application to be taken to the online application system. If it is your first time to access the system, you will be asked to create a login and password. Remember your login information as you will need it to get back into your application or to complete additional applications. You will be able to exit and save your application(s) to complete another day. Submitted applications may be edited up to the deadline. East Texas residents are those living in one of the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood.
Deadline: Opens in December, closes in February
Website: ETCF scholarships page
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours with at least one course being insurance or business related. GPA of at least 3.0.
Deadline: Opens in February, closes May 1
Website: FIWT Scholarship
The Higher Education scholarship is for spouses and children currently attending or recently accepted into an approved/accredited 2-year or 4-year degree program at an institution of higher education or an approved/accredited vocational/certificate program. (Scholarships awarded are for first-time degree-seeking applicants. If applicant already has a bachelors degree or is seeking a Masters or Doctorate degree we are unable to award scholarships at this time. ) Applicants must re-apply each year they wish to receive funding. Dependent(s) of the service-member must be 24 years of age or younger and unmarried. Spouse of service-member has no age requirements/limitations, but cannot be re-married using former spouse’s military service documents. Service-member (of any branch; active duty or reserves) must be one of the following: KIA, killed in the line of duty, or suffered the loss of a limb; died of any cause while on active duty or after being classified as having a service-connected disability; or who has a 10% or higher combined service-connected evaluation, rated by the Veteran’s Administration. If applicant’s service-member is currently active duty, they can only be eligible to apply for a scholarship if the service-member has a Purple Heart or loss of limb, and provides current orders.
Deadline: Open Feb. 1–March 31 annually
Website: Folds of Honor website
Application opens October 15th. This award is intended to support the academic and personal growth of resourceful students who have battled dyslexia. Essay required.
Deadline: Dec. 1
Website: Gemm Learning Scholarship
Awards are given to students from the Houston area. Eligibility requirements vary.
Deadline: varies by award
Website: Greater Houston CF Scholarships
The Scholarship will be awarded to qualified students seeking to further their education by attending college. The amount of the scholarship is up to $5,000. At least four scholarships will be awarded in 2016. John Lepping was extremely proud of disabled youngsters who mustered the courage and determination to finish their college education despite their setbacks. This scholarship will help to deter the costs of college for disabled individuals who may not have the resources due to overwhelming medical costs.
Deadline: May 1
Website: JL Memorial Scholarship Application
We recognize the value of investing our time and resources into the lives of students who are pursuing an education. Application to the Jo G. Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Fund is open to students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field relating to the energy industry.
See application for additional requirements and details.
Deadline: December 31
Website: Lone Star Dallas
Offered to students enrolled in one of the 9 schools eligible in the state (HSU qualifies). Must show evidence of being actively engaged in his/her respective ethnic/minority community and is essential that the applicant be a member of a Texas Baptist Church affiliated and participating with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Preference is given to Texas minority/ethnic students who will serve as future lay or vocational ministry leaders in Texas Baptist ethnic/minority churches.
Deadline: Sept. 20 for fall and Jan. 20 for spring
Application is for McKinney High School graduating seniors. Applicants will submit an application via mmeeff.com, along with two electronic teacher recommendations, two electronic recommendations from the community, a copy of the email confirming the successful submission of the application, and a parent signature sheet. Awards are both academic and financial need-based.
Deadline: varies by award, applications open January 2018
The database is constantly updated to include the latest public and private scholarships, as well as research grants for undergraduate and graduate school. It provides the most accurate, updated nursing scholarship and grant information available on the Internet.
Deadline: Varies by award
Website: Nursing Scholarship Website
Applications will open in January and are available to students in the Permian Basin area. To view a list of awards, create an account with the PBAF and complete the general application to be matched to awards.
Deadline: Approximately March 31
To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
•demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
•demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
•be citizens of the United States of America;
•be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
•plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
Deadline: January, 4th
More than 90 awards are given to students in the San Antonio area. Eligibility requirements vary by awards. For a full list of their requirements and awards, see their website.
Deadline: Various deadlines
Website: SAAF Scholarship Page
Listed by degree or field of study, this page lists multiple scholarships available for female students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Deadline: Varies by award
Website: Scholarships for Women
Disability scholarships exist to provide college funding for students who possess numerous cognitive, behavioral, and emotional impediments that would make it difficult to attain a college degree. These scholarship opportunities help deserving students stay in school and out of debt, allowing them to more easily achieve their educational and career goals.
The Charles, Lela and Mary Slough Foundation Scholarship was established to help Texas residents entering or enrolled in any college or university within the United States. Applicants must be U.S Citizens, Texas Residents, Graduate from a Texas High School, and must not have exceeded more than 112 semester college credit hours.
Deadline: April 1
Website: Slough Foundation
Stars Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. Applicants can attend any accredited college or university of their choosing.
Stars Scholarship Fund recipients represent every level of higher education and all fields of study, as we award students of either gender, any ethnicity, religion, and background.
Each application is reviewed for eligibility and scored based on quantitative data obtained from the applicant’s application records. Our process ensures that candidates are selected fairly and objectively, with each candidate demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.
Recipients must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card. Also must be a permanent resident of 5 or more years and have a permanent address in of the 30 qualifying counties listed. Must have earned/completed at least 12 undergraduate hours at a credited University before applying and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Website: Stars Scholarship Fund
There will be five (5) or more $1000.00 scholarships available for college-level students as well as three (3) or more somewhat larger scholarships to elementary and secondary students attending Christian-based institutions. Applicants must plan to attend one of the several schools listed in the application Instructions and have a sibling attending an ACSI member institution or an evangelical Christian-based four (4) year post-secondary degree granting institution. See application for all the rules and details.
Deadline: June 1
The Patriotic Art Competition is open to 9th – 12th grade students who are enrolled in public, private, parochial or a home-study program in Texas. The artwork must be something patriotic. If the American Flag is used in the entry – it must comply with the Federal Flag Code. See application for all the rules and guidelines. The winning entry to Texas will be submitted for the national competition.
Deadline: March 31
Website: VFW Patriotic Art Contest Details
There are numerous scholarships available through the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. Each individual scholarship fund has its set criteria. There is one uniform Scholarship Application for most of the scholarships available—see Scholarship List for further details.
Deadline: March 1
Website: WFACF Scholarships Page