Incoming Freshmen Scholarships

Presidential Scholars

Incoming freshmen with exceptionally strong academic records are invited to apply. Presidential Scholars receive a full scholarship for four years covering tuition, fees, room and board, and books. Applicants should be: first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum 3.9 GPA* and rank in the Top 10%** or their class. International students may submit their SAT (1330+) or ACT (29+) scores for consideration.

Presidential Scholarship applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. To apply for a Presidential Scholarship, you should submit a letter of interest that presents a personal statement of your academic goals and intended major, along with a current resume, and short essay from various topics. If you have already been awarded scholarships by us, that fact must be disclosed in the application. Presidential Scholars are also required to be in the Honors College throughout their entire undergraduate degree.

Cardinal Elite Scholars

This scholarship is available to first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are still eligible) with a minimum high school GPA* of 3.85 and must rank in the top 10% of their graduating class**. International students must submit their SAT (1330+) or ACT (29+) scores for consideration.

The Cardinal Elite award will give students $40,000 over four years: $7500 per year will be applied toward tuition and $2500 per year will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.  Cardinal Elite students are required to be in the Honors College their first year at Lamar University and are encouraged to remain there moving forward.

Academic Excellence Scholars

This scholarship is available to first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are still eligible) with minimum high school GPA* of 3.8 and must rank in the top 25% of their class**. International students must submit their SAT (1200-1320) or ACT (25-28) scores for consideration.

The Academic Excellence award will give students $32,000 over four years: $5500 per year will be applied toward tuition and $2500 will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.    

Distinguished Scholars

This scholarship is available to first-time-in-college freshman (dual credit and AP credit are still eligible) with a minimum high school GPA* of 3.65 and must rank in the top 25% of their class**. International students must submit their SAT (1080-1190) or ACT (21-24) scores for consideration.

The Distinguished Scholars award will give students $20,000 over four years: $2500 per year will be applied toward tuition and $2500 per year will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.  

University Scholars

This scholarship is available to first-time-in-college freshman (dual credit and AP credit are still eligible) with a minimum high school GPA* of 3.5 and must rank in the top 25% of their class**. International students must submit their SAT (1010-1070) or ACT (19-21) scores for consideration.

The University Scholars award will give students $4000 over four years: $1000 per year will be applied toward tuition.

Scholarship Table


All students are invited to fill out the supplemental LU Scholarship application at lamar.edu/myscholarships. The supplemental application will match your qualifications with other endowed scholarship awards. Endowed scholarships will be awarded after the December 1st priority deadline.

*High school GPA will be re-calculated on 4.0 collegiate scale.
**Class rank requirements will not apply to homeschool students or high schools that do not rank students.