Scholarships

We are dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, and scholarships are one valuable tool to do that. Each year, LU awards more than 2,000 scholarships providing more than $10 million in assistance to students.

Incoming freshman scholarships are awarded based on a “test-blind” policy, preferring academic achievement, and does not require a standardized test score (ACT/SAT). Other factors such as academic major, leadership ability and specialized skills (athletics, marching band, music, etc.) also may be considered in awarding scholarships.  See a complete list of all Lamar University scholarships!

For priority consideration for most scholarships, apply no later than December 1 (some unique opportunities require earlier deadlines).

Applying for Scholarships

Step 1. Submit an application at ApplyTexas.org.

Step 2. Once you are admitted, you will receive a username and password by letter via email.

Step 3. Admitted and current students go to

myScholarships

Questions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our frequently asked questions page.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Incoming Freshmen Scholarships (for incoming Fall 2021 Freshmen)
    • Cardinal Elite Scholarships are 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 25% 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.

    • Academic Excellence Scholarships are 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 are available to first-time-in-college freshman (dual credit and AP credit are still eligible) with a minimum high school GPA* of 3.7 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 are 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 (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.

    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.

  • Top Scholars Program: Presidential Scholarship

    The Presidential Scholarship is part of LU's Top Scholars Program. Outstanding 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 3.85 GPA* and rank in the Top 25%** 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 three letters of recommendation (two of which must be from your current teachers). If you have already been awarded scholarships by us, that fact must be disclosed in the application. 

    Applications for the LU Top Scholarship Program: Presidential Scholarship should be submitted online at lamar.edu/myscholarships.   All application materials should be submitted no later than January 15.

    Check out 2017's first Presidential Scholarship recipient! 

    *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.

  • Top Scholars Program: Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship Program

    The Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship is part of LU's Top Scholars Program. Outstanding incoming freshmen are invited to apply. SETX Legends 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 GPA* of 3.85 and in the Top 25%** of their class with a record of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, service and/or creative endeavors. Students must also complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need.

    Southeast Texas Legends applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. In addition, you must submit a letter of interest that presents a personal statement of your academic goals and intended major, along with a current resume, three letters of recommendation AND complete the FAFSA.

    Applications for the LU Top Scholars Program: Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship should be submitted online at lamar.edu/myscholarships. All application materials should be submitted no later than December 1st.

    *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.

  • Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program

    Incoming freshmen with established financial need and academic potential are encouraged to apply for the Smith-Hutson Scholarship.  This scholarship provides a portion of tuition, fees, books, supplies and on-campus room and board.

    All applicants must submit an essay, two letters of recommendation, and complete a FAFSA. Smith-Hutson Scholarship applications should be submitted online through lamar.edu/myscholarships no later than March 1.

     

  • Reaud Honors College

    Incoming freshmen who apply for the Reaud Honors College will automatically be considered for honors scholarships. Continuing honors students and transfer students will find information on applying for scholarships on the Reaud Honors College website.

  • Transfer Scholarships

    Texas resident transfer students with more than 30 but less than 90 transferable semester credit hours are eligible for a scholarship of up to $3,000 a year. For more information please visit the transfer scholarship website.

  • Texas State University System Foundation (TSUS) - Edmund P. Kuempel Scholarship

    The Application for the Texas State University System Foundation (TSUS) - Edmund P. Kuempel Scholarship is now available.  You may request an application from your current Academic Dean or apply online through lamar.edu/myscholarships.

  • Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship (formerly the South Park Neighborhood Scholarship)

    The Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship is a significant scholarship open to high school students graduating from a Beaumont Independent School District High School. Outstanding incoming freshmen are invited to apply. Nancy Evans Memorial 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 in the Top 50% of their class and display a clear commitment to their education, promising academic success. Students must also complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need.

    Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. Applications should be submitted online via lamar.edu/myscholarships. All application materials should be submitted no later than February 1st.

  • Outside Scholarships

    Outside scholarships are developed and funded by private organizations. They’re available to the public and can potentially help students cover the costs of their education and education-related expenses. Student eligibility rules are created by the organization offering the scholarship and can depend on many factors. For a list of local scholarship Opportunities and suggested search engines, visit the outside scholarships website.