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Top 67 Texas Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Maria Geiger

Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Cece Gilmore is a Content Writer at Scholarships360. Cece earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was the education editor as well as a published staff reporter at Downtown Devil. Cece was also the co-host of her own radio show on Blaze Radio ASU.

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Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Updated: April 4th, 2024

It seems like everything is bigger and better in the great state of Texas, even scholarships! In the following article, we highlight some outstanding scholarships in Texas, merit scholarships offered by top Texas colleges, and handy resources for students. You’ll find Texas scholarships for high school, college, and even graduate school students.

Some of the best grants and scholarships in Texas are offered by the state itself. The TEXAS program offers students about $5,000 per year in educational funding, and the TEOG is a great funding source for students pursuing 2-year degree. In addition to those, there are many stellar private scholarship options, such as the VAMOS Scholarship and George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarships.

Whether you were raised in the Lone Star State or are planning on moving there to attend school, the following list has something for you. Grab your lasso and corral some bucks!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Marie M. Daly, a trailblazing African American woman who earned a PhD…Show More

The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Marie M. Daly, a trailblazing African American woman who earned a PhD…Show More

The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Marie M. Daly, a trailblazing African American woman who earned a PhD in chemistry. Her words, "you learn courage by couraging," inspire us to support the next generation of minority women in STEM. This scholarship is for undergraduate BIPOC women at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing STEM careers. Share your post-college goals and how you plan to achieve them to apply. Let's empower and uplift the voices of minority women in STEM.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Apply

$40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior
Apply

Texas Tennis Foundation Scholarships

Offered by Texas Tennis Foundation

Multiple awards worth $750 - $2,500
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Texas Tennis Foundation

Are you a current or incoming college student who resides in the Texas section and has an interest in tennis? If so, the Texas Tennis…Show More

Are you a current or incoming college student who resides in the Texas section and has an interest in tennis? If so, the Texas Tennis…Show More

Are you a current or incoming college student who resides in the Texas section and has an interest in tennis? If so, the Texas Tennis Foundation Scholarships may be a good opportunity for you! Each year, they award five (5) Ron Woods Excellence Awards worth $2,500 each and ten (10) Foundation awards worth between $750 and $2,000 each. If you are a current or incoming undergraduate residing in the Texas section with a passion for tennis, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $750 - $2,500
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

Offered by Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a…Show More

Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a…Show More

Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a career in information and records management? If so, the Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 to multiple applicants enrolled in a four-year program or Graduate School and $1,000 to applicants enrolled in a two-year program. The number of scholarships awarded per school year will be determined by the Fund Trustees. If you're residing in the Southwest (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico) and are pursuing a degree/career in information and records management, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Past Presidents’ Parley Medical Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas

Are you a college-bound high school senior from Texas looking to attend an in-state institution to study medicine? Further, are you the descendant of a…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior from Texas looking to attend an in-state institution to study medicine? Further, are you the descendant of a…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior from Texas looking to attend an in-state institution to study medicine? Further, are you the descendant of a veteran or a veteran who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion? If so, the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Past Presidents' Parley Medical Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple college-bound Texas high school seniors who are looking to study medicine and are a veteran or descended from a veteran who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion. To apply, interested students must submit a completed application that must be signed off by an American Legion Auxiliary Unit. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Energize Your Education Scholarship

Offered by ElectricityPlans.com

1 award worth $500
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by ElectricityPlans.com

Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or…Show More

Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or…Show More

Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or four-year college program in this upcoming Fall semester, or the following Spring semester, are eligible to apply. With a minimum 3.2 GPA, you could win $500 towards your education by showcasing your impressive academic performance, the quality of your submission, and your community impact. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive difference and invest in your future!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Cydni Lawson Morris Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

Multiple awards worth $500
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

Are you a current or incoming first-generation college student who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas? Further, do you have a passion for…Show More

Are you a current or incoming first-generation college student who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas? Further, do you have a passion for…Show More

Are you a current or incoming first-generation college student who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas? Further, do you have a passion for the arts? If so, you may be eligible for the Cydni Lawson Morris Memorial Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $500 to multiple high school seniors and current undergraduates from Dallas-Fort Worth who are part of the first generation of their family to attend college. While priority will be given to those who are racial/ethnic minorities and to those who demonstrate financial need, neither is required to apply. If you meet these eligibility criteria and love the arts, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $500
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Scholarship Program

Offered by Career Colleges and Schools of Texas

10 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Aug 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Career Colleges and Schools of Texas

The Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity for high school counselors to make a difference in the lives of…Show More

The Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity for high school counselors to make a difference in the lives of…Show More

The Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity for high school counselors to make a difference in the lives of their students. With ten (10) scholarships available per high school campus per calendar year, counselors have the chance to recognize and support seniors who demonstrate unique needs and a desire to succeed. By presenting the award directly to the recipients, counselors can help their students achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.Show Less

10 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Aug 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

San Antonio Livestock Exposition Scholarships

Offered by San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Triannual
Grade Level College Students

Offered by San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition Scholarships are open to Texas residents who have graduated from a Texas high school and are attending a Texas college…Show More

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition Scholarships are open to Texas residents who have graduated from a Texas high school and are attending a Texas college…Show More

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition Scholarships are open to Texas residents who have graduated from a Texas high school and are attending a Texas college or university. Students selected for the scholarship are required to submit an unofficial transcript for review at the end of each semester (February 1st, June 30th, and September 30th) to maintain it. If you're a proud Texan attending an in-state college or university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Triannual
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Helping Hands for Single Moms – Dallas Scholarship

Offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms

Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area who is attending college or university? If…Show More

Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area who is attending college or university? If…Show More

Are you the single mom of a young child (or children) in the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area who is attending college or university? If so, consider applying for the Helping Hands for Single Moms – Dallas Scholarship! The scholarship is open to legally single/divorced moms residing in the DFW area who are attending college and able to participate in Single Mom College Community meetings. Eligible applicants must also have at least one child under the age of 11. The scholarship is offered by Helping Hands for Single Moms, a nonprofit organization started in 2002. Their mission is to assist low-income single moms in attaining a post-secondary education. Helping Hands regularly grants awards of varying amounts to help single moms gain financial independence, pursue their postsecondary educations, and provide a positive family legacy for their dependents. If you are a single mom in the DFW area who is looking for funds for your education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Macy’s Emergency Scholarship Fund

Offered by LNESC & Macy's

Multiple awards worth up to $500
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Students

Offered by LNESC & Macy's

Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas?…Show More

Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas?…Show More

Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas? If so, consider applying for Macy's Emergency Scholarship Fund! The scholarship is open to full-time university students residing in the listed states/regions who are experiencing emergency financial need. Events that will qualify students for this scholarship include the following: change in family income, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, eviction or home foreclosure, burglary, and fire. Each year, the scholarship awards multiple recipients up to $500 to support them during their times of need. If you're a college student in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas that has been impacted by an unexpected hardship affecting your education, we encourage you to apply! Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $500
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Women With Promise Scholarship

Offered by Women With Promise

Multiple awards worth $250 - $5,000
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Women With Promise

Are you a female-identifying Dallas or Collin County (TX) resident who has been accepted into a postsecondary educational institution? Further, have you previously partnered with…Show More

Are you a female-identifying Dallas or Collin County (TX) resident who has been accepted into a postsecondary educational institution? Further, have you previously partnered with…Show More

Are you a female-identifying Dallas or Collin County (TX) resident who has been accepted into a postsecondary educational institution? Further, have you previously partnered with a non-profit organization and know of a sponsor within that agency who is willing to provide support to you throughout your postsecondary journey? If so, consider applying for the Women With Promise Scholarship! This scholarship with a rolling deadline regularly grants between $250 and $5,000 to women who meet the above criteria and demonstrate financial need and determination to fully complete their academic course. The scholarship is funded by Women With Promise, an organization that strongly believes in and supports women who want to build self-sustaining, successful lives. If you’re a North Texas woman who would like some financial support for your post-secondary education, we encourage you to apply to the Women With Promise Scholarship!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $250 - $5,000
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program

Offered by American Pacific Community Fund

20 awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by American Pacific Community Fund

Are you a high school senior residing in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington state? Further, are you planning…Show More

Are you a high school senior residing in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington state? Further, are you planning…Show More

Are you a high school senior residing in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington state? Further, are you planning on attending a college in one of the aforementioned states for the upcoming school year? If so, consider applying for the Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to twenty applicants who fit the above criteria and demonstrate financial need. To apply, interested students must submit an online application, recommender form, and high school transcript. If you’re a college-bound high school senior who is both from and planning to attend university in one of the mentioned states, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

20 awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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How to win Texas scholarships

The state of Texas, with its rich history and extremely diverse population, is an exciting state to live and study in! To win Texas scholarships, it is important to understand the state’s unique qualities and how they can work to your advantage. 

Texas has a lot to offer college students!

Texas is home to a number of industries and businesses that offer scholarships to students pursuing degrees in related fields such as oil, agriculture and technology. 

Additionally, Texas has a strong military presence with several military bases located within the state which can offer scholarship opportunities for military affiliated students. 

Are you a country music fan? Or just a music fan? Texas also has a thriving music scene, with special scholarships available to students pursuing music degrees at universities and colleges within the state. 

Scholarship application resources for Texas scholarships

Winning these Texas-specific scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself. You can check out our Scholarships360 guides on how to write a 250 word essay, how to write a 500 word essay, and how to write a scholarship resume to help you throughout this process. Additionally, it will be vital to review common scholarship essay prompts and learn how to start a scholarship essay to ensure you will win Texas scholarships!

By leveraging the unique qualities of Texas and pursuing scholarship opportunities that align with your interests, students can set themselves up for academic success while enjoying all that Texas has to offer. 

Texas student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, Texas residents owe $120 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing $32,920 on average (those numbers do not include private loans). Over 52.3% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take less loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Texas scholarship spotlight

Terry Traditional Scholarship

The Terry Traditional Scholarship is a full ride, last dollar scholarship that covers up to eight semesters. Texas high school seniors who have been accepted for admission to one of the Terry-affiliated public universities in Texas are eligible.

Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP)

The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program awards scholarships worth up to $15,000 to students in these organizations:

  • Texas Army National Guard
  • Texas Air National Guard
  • Texas State Guard
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Merchant Marine
  • Students working to become an officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States

Merit scholarships at top Texas colleges and universities 

With nearly 100 four-year colleges and universities, Texas offers something for everyone. While the majority of the colleges and universities are located in larger metropolitan areas such as Austin, Dallas, or Houston, you won’t have trouble finding colleges and universities throughout the state of Texas.

Austin College

  • Eligibility: All Austin College applicants are holistically reviewed and considered for general academic scholarships
  • Amount: $500 to $32,000 per year
  • Deadline: February 1

Baylor University

  • Eligibility: Baylor offers significant scholarships for students who excel academically. No additional application is required for academic scholarships
  • Amount: Scholarships range from $1,000 to full cost of attendance for 8 semesters. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Deadline: Applicants who apply after February 1 are considered for merit-based scholarships based on available funding

Rice University

  • Eligibility: All admitted freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships so that no separate application forms or interviews are necessary
  • Amount: Up to full cost of attending
  • Deadline: January 1 for Regular Decision

Southern Methodist University

  • Eligibility: High academic achieving high school seniors with a record of school/community engagement
  • Amount: Four years of full tuition, general student fees, on-campus residence hall, meal plan, tuition/transportation for a summer, term, or full year abroad to one of SMU’s Study Abroad international programs. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.3. 
  • Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications by the November 1 deadline. They must complete and return the Application for Admission by January 15 (the deadline for priority consideration for most SMU merit scholarships)

St. Edward’s University

  • Eligibility: All new freshmen admitted through regular admissions will qualify for merit scholarships based on GPA, class rank (if available) and the academic experience pursued in high school 
  • Amount: Up to $28,000 per year
  • Deadline: November 1

Texas A&M

  • Eligibility: Applicants grades, leadership, community service, special talents, first generation college status, and academic achievement under difficult circumstances are all considered
  • Amount: $2,500 to $3,000 per year
  • Deadline: December 1

Texas Christian University

  • Eligibility: Based primarily on a combination of grades and curriculum rigor. The SAT/ACT is optional in consideration. 
  • Amount: $12,000 per year to full tuition
  • Deadline: February 1, but if you are a candidate for the full tuition Chancellor’s Scholarship, it is highly recommended that you apply by November 1

Texas Tech University

  • Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded for high academic achievement and are automatically considered when they apply for admission
  • Amount: $1,000 to $9,000 per year
  • Deadline: May 1

Trinity University

  • Eligibility: Awards are based on a combination of the applicant’s GPA and SAT/ACT superscore results. For applicants without test scores, merit scholarship awards are based on GPA and a holistic review process incorporating other achievements
  • Amount: $12,000 per year to full tuition
  • Deadline: February 1

University of Texas at Austin

  • Eligibility: All applicants who apply for admission and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid are considered. There is no separate scholarship application
  • Amount: $5,000 per year to full cost of attending
  • Deadline: December 1 

University of Texas–Dallas

  • Eligibility: First-time freshman applicants admitted to UT Dallas for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Selection is based on curriculum rigor, grades, SATs, and if applicable, class rank
  • Amount: Varies: All AES awards provide funds to defray some of the costs of UT Dallas tuition and mandatory fees. For out-of-state students, any AES award also qualifies the student for in-state tuition and fee rates
  • Deadline: The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1

University of Texas–Houston

  • Eligibility: The applicant’s completed admissions application allows you to be automatically considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Awards are based on standardized test scores, high school class rank, and high school GPA. Non-residents qualify for tuition waivers as well
  • Amount: $1,000 to full cost of tuition and fees
  • Deadline: November 1

In-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

In-state tuition costs are often less than half regular tuition, and can save tens of thousands of dollars. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college. 

Here are a few well-known Texas universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

Texas A&M University

  • In-state tuition: $11,550
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,796

Texas Tech

  • In-state tuition: $11,852
  • Out-of-state tuition: $24,122

The University of Texas at Austin

  • In-state tuition: $11,448
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,032

How do you get in-state tuition?

It is clear that being a Texas resident helps to significantly lower Texas college tuition. So, you may be wondering, how do you get in-state tuition in Texas? In order to establish residency to receive in-state Texas tuition, a student must reside in Texas for 12 consecutive months prior to the start of the academic term. The student must establish a domicile in Texas, meaning that they have a physical presence in the state and intend to make Texas a permanent home. Factors that may be considered in determining residency status include voter registration, driver’s license, and employment. However, residency requirements may vary by institution, so be sure to check with each individual college or university for specific information. 

Texas is not a member of any tuition reciprocity agreements that allow students to attend public universities in other states for discounted tuition rates. However, Texas does participate in the Academic Common Market for graduate studies. This tuition savings program is for students who want to pursue graduate degrees that are not offered by Texas public universities, but are offered by participating institutions in other states. 

Additional Texas resources

Apply Texas

Serious about attending school in Texas and prefer one stop shopping? It doesn’t get any more streamlined than Apply Texas. This platform, created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site, offers a centralized application. The Apply Texas platform is open to both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

Also see: How to respond to the ApplyTexas essay prompts

College for All Texans

This website lists the State and Federal Grants and Scholarship programs available to students at Texas colleges and universities. In addition, it is a great general resource and guide for all students, families, and adult/military learners.

Texas Association of Student Financial Aid (TASFA)

The TASFA is a free application that collects information to help determine how much aid the student qualifies for.  The TASFA is free to fill out and can be filled out by students who cannot apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) 

The THECB provides resources and valuable information to help Texas residents find and apply to scholarships, grants and other financial aid resources. 

Keep reading

So far, we covered how to win Texas scholarships, merit scholarships at top Texas colleges, in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity, as well as local Texas scholarships and resources. We are not done yet, though! Keep reading for a few more scholarship opportunities for you to apply for. 

For students seeking financial assistance for college, scholarships are a great way to lessen tuition costs. Students should consider applying for scholarships that are specifically designed for their demographic. Women, high school seniors, and Black students can take advantage of specific scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships require essays and applications, but others are no-essay or easy to apply for scholarships. Remember, Scholarships360 is here to provide valuable resources and access to scholarships for students!

Frequently asked questions about Texas scholarships

What types of scholarships are available for Texas residents?

There are a lot of different types of scholarships available for Texas residents. These scholarships include merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships, community service scholarships, and minority scholarships.

How do I find and apply for scholarships in Texas?

Students can find and apply for scholarships in Texas through various resources such as scholarship search engines, college and university websites, and scholarship databases. Students can also check with their high school guidance counselors, local community organizations, and the colleges they are thinking of applying to for scholarship opportunities.

Can out-of-state students qualify for Texas scholarships?

It depends on the scholarship. Some scholarships are only available to Texas residents, while others may be open to both in-state and out-of-state students. Therefore, it is important to check the eligibility requirements for each scholarship to determine if out-of-state students are eligible.

How much money can I receive from Texas scholarships?

The amount of money students can receive from Texas scholarships varies depending on the scholarship. Some scholarships may award a few hundred dollars while others may cover the full cost of tuition and fees. It’s important to research scholarship opportunities and their respective award amounts to determine which scholarships are worth applying for.

How do I establish residency in Texas to qualify for in-state tuition and scholarships?

To establish residency in Texas, students must meet certain criteria such as living in Texas for 12 consecutive months and having a Texas driver’s license or ID card. Resident status seekers must also be registered to vote in Texas. Students should consult the residency requirements of their intended college or university to determine the specific requirements for establishing residency.

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