Smith-Hutson Scholars

Welcome to the Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program!

The Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program was founded at Lamar University in 2012. This scholarship program is funded by an anonymous donor, and we currently have over 70 students enrolled and on scholarship. The scholarship along with all other grants and scholarship funds will cover between 95% - 100% of your bill. Scholars who are selected will also be given a book stipend each semester. Our mission at Lamar University with the Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program is to assist students financially by helping guide them on their college journey to becoming successful leaders within the work place. Incoming freshman and transfer students with at least 50 degree plan credited hours are invited to apply.


Application Dates:

Open: August 15th

Close: February 1

Interviews: Late March/Early April

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Are you a former scholar that would like to be more involved with the Smith-Hutson program? Lamar University has over 70 Smith-Hutson alumni and all are welcome to participate. Whether its coming to an event, sitting on an interview panel, or assisting financially. The options are endless! If you would like to be more involved, please contact the coordinator at the email below.

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For more information about the Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program please contact the Smith-Hutson Scholarship Coordinator at

Additional Information:

  • Who can apply?
    • Incoming freshman who have just completed high school as of Spring 2022 and plan to enter LU for the Fall 2022 semester
    • Transfer students who have obtained an associates degree or completed a minimum of 50 degree plan credit hours
    • Must be a TX Resident
    • Entering freshman must be unmarried with no children
    • Must demonstrate financial need by submitting a FAFSA
    • Must complete an application by the February 1 deadline in myScholarships


  • How can I apply?

    All students will need to be admitted before they can submit an application. Please follow the steps below to apply!

    • Submit an admissions application for the 2022-2023 aid year on Apply Texas
    • Once admitted, you will receive your LEA username and how to access your email
    • Login to your Lamar University Email account with your temporary password to setup your email
    • Submit a Smith-Hutson Scholarship Application in myScholarships
    • If selected, participate in an in person interview

    All applicants will be required to submit an essay, two letters of recommendation, and their Fall 2022 transcript.

  • What do I do once I am awarded?
    • Incoming freshman who are awarded the Smith-Hutson Scholarship are eligible for up to four years, or 8 semesters of funding while obtaining their bachelors degree
    • Transfer students who are awarded the Smith-Hutson Scholarship are eligible for up to two years, or four semesters of funding while obtaining their bachelors degree

    Students on scholarship:

    • Must be enrolled in 15 hours each semester with exceptions for certain programs
    • Must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
    • Cannot participate in a sorority or fraternity their first year on campus
    • Must submit a FAFSA application every year and complete all requirements for FA by the Feb. 1 priority deadline
    • Must remain unmarried with no children (transfer students are excluded)
    • Must attend all Smith-Hutson Scholarship events