Scholarships for New Students

Austin College recognizes academic accomplishments, leadership, service and talents with an array of scholarship awards.  These awards are not dependent upon the establishment of financial need.

General Academic Scholarships

Austin College offers a number of general academic scholarships not dependent upon the establishment of financial need. These awards are made chiefly in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential and range between $16,000 and $25,000 annually. These general scholarships for first-time full-time freshmen and transfer students require no additional scholarship applications. Students who wish to be considered for general academic scholarships must indicate such on their Application for Admission when applying to Austin College. Students completing all admission materials by the Early Action II deadline receive priority consideration for available general academic scholarships.

Typically, 75% of our students receive Austin College merit-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded to freshmen are renewed on an annual basis for a maximum of eight long terms of undergraduate study, excluding summer terms. Those awarded to transfer students are renewed on a term basis for the number of fall and spring terms deemed necessary by the College for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Fall 2015 Scholarships

General academic scholarships are awarded following a holistic review of the information included in a student’s application, including standardized test scores and high school GPA. The chart below is intended to provide students with the typical general academic scholarship levels associated with specific test score and GPA ranges.  These scholarship guidelines refer to freshman students entering in fall 2015.

  • SAT (CR+M) of 1350+ or ACT of 31+, and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5+ = $25,000
  • SAT (CR+M) of 1350+ or ACT of 31+, and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 – 3.49 = $24,000
  • SAT (CR+M) of 1200 – 1340 or ACT of 27-30, and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5+ = $22,000
  • SAT (CR+M) of 1200 – 1340 or ACT of 27-30, and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 – 3.49 = $21,000
  • SAT (CR+M) of 1100 – 1190 or ACT of 24-26, and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5+ = $19,000
  • SAT (CR+M) of 1100 – 1190 or ACT of 24-26, and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 – 3.49 = $18,000
  • SAT (CR+M) below 1100 or ACT below 24, but student is in the top 10% of the class = $16,000
  • Students who do not meet the criteria above, but who demonstrate excellence in other areas of the application, may be considered for scholarships.

Additional Institutional Scholarships for New Students

Applicants for institutional scholarships must submit their Application for Admission materials by January 15, the Early Action II deadline. They should complete any scholarship applications and submit them by January 15. Notifications for institutional scholarships will be mailed by mid-March.

Fine Arts: Art Scholarships

Awarded to students with talents in studio art – both for those who intend to major or minor in art and for those who do not intend to major or minor in art. A limited number of awards are available each year and may amount up to $4,000 annually for each recipient. Applicants must submit an art portfolio to be considered a candidate. Portfolios can be submitted by mailing a CD of images with your application, or by contacting the art department to schedule a portfolio review in person. This award is renewable each year with the endorsement of the art department stipulating a student has met satisfactory performance expectations.

For additional art scholarship details or to schedule a meeting, call 903.813.2048 or email Heidi Rushing.

Fine Arts: Music Scholarships

Awarded to students with talents in music – both for those who intend to major or minor in music and for those who do not intend to major or minor in music. A limited number of awards are available each year and may amount up to $4,000 annually for each recipient. To be considered as a candidate, applicants must have a live audition and interview with the Music Scholarship Committee or submit a videotaped audition in the early spring of their senior year. Contact the music department to schedule this audition. This award is renewable each year with the endorsement of the music department stipulating a student has met satisfactory performance expectations.

For additional music scholarship details and to schedule an audition, call 903.813.2251 or email Katie Deeds, Music Department Scholarship Coordinator.

Fine Arts: Theatre Scholarships

Awarded to students with talents in theatre – both for those who intend to major or minor in theatre and for those who do not intend to major or minor in theatre. A limited number of awards are available each year and may amount up to $4,000 annually for each recipient. To be considered as a candidate, applicants must have a live audition or portfolio presentation and interview with Theatre faculty in the early spring of their senior year. This award is renewable each year with the endorsement of the theatre department stipulating a student has met satisfactory performance expectations.

For additional theatre scholarship details, call 903.813.2393.

John D. Moseley Alumni Scholarships

Awarded to outstanding freshman applicants who have potential for continued success at Austin College. A limited number of awards are available each year and may amount to between $500 and $1,000 annually. To be eligible, a student must be nominated by an Austin College graduate. Nominations should be submitted by January 15.

Sara Bernice Moseley Scholarships for Presbyterian Students

Awarded to student with records of academic achievement who are members of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Strong candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to the Church and to service to others. A limited number of awards are available each year and may amount to between $500 and $1,000 annually. This scholarship is renewable for each undergraduate year, provided a student is involved in meaningful ways in the life of the Church and in service to others and remains in good academic standing. Nominations should be submitted by January 15.

National Hispanic Institute Scholarships from Austin College

Awarded to incoming freshmen who are graduates of the National Hispanic Institute and who excel both in the classroom and in the community. Criteria include attendance at one or more NHI programs during high school (signed proof of participation from at least one NHI staff member required) and leadership skills. Applicants should detail their involvement in NHI on the application for admission (application for admission should be complete and received by January 15). Awards may amount up to $2,500 annually.

Scholar Awards

National Hispanic Scholars will receive a $2,000 Austin College Sponsored Award in addition to one Austin College award (general academic or institutional). These represent the two Austin College awards for which the student is eligible.

Note: The various scholarship committees at Austin College review on an annual basis the types, number, and values of scholarships offered. Interested parties should contact the Office of Admission with questions pertaining to scholarships.

Have questions? View our Scholarship Policy.

Scholarship Policy

  • As long as specified requirements are met, Austin College scholarships awarded to freshmen are renewed on an annual basis, for a maximum of eight semesters; those awarded to transfer students are renewed on a semesterly basis for the number of semesters necessary for a student to graduate succeeding in a normal course load (3 to 4 courses per semester).
  • In accordance with NCAA guidelines, Austin College, as a member school of the NCAA Division III, does not award athletic scholarships. To learn information about the NCAA guidelines, visit NCAA.org.
  • In addition to the General Academic Scholarships awarded each year, Austin College has a limited number of institutional scholarships that require separate applications or nominations. A new student may apply for an unlimited number of institutional scholarships. However, a student may receive only one institutional award in addition to the general academic scholarship. For a student receiving financial assistance, a merit-based award may replace in whole or in part a need-based grant or loan.
  • Scholarship or grants from outside sources may be added to Austin College merit-based awards up to the full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, books, and allocated personal allowance). However, if students are receiving need-based forms of financial aid, according to federal policy the aid package must be modified to accommodate the outside scholarship support.
    • Note: Austin College will make efforts to reduce students’ need-based loans first; however, it may be necessary to reduce need-based grant funds as well, depending on a student’s federal need and other aid received.
  • Details regarding Austin College policies of satisfactory progress, grade point averages required for renewal, over-award procedures, award letters, and all financial aid processes are available from the Office of Financial Aid.

Note: The various scholarship committees at Austin College review on an annual basis the types, number, and values of scholarships offered. Interested parties should contact the Office of Admission with questions pertaining to scholarships.