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National Scholarships

These National Scholarships are awarded to students who are named National Merit Finalists or National Hispanic Scholars. To receive a National Distinction Scholarship, you must be a Finalist in the National Merit Scholar Program and select Texas State as your college of choice with the National Merit Corporation. In the case of the National Hispanic Scholarship, you must be designated as a National Hispanic Scholar by the College Board via their National Hispanic Recognition Program.

In addition, you must submit an admission application, official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores. These scholarships are guaranteed provided you are admitted to Texas State as a first-time incoming freshman and meet the minimum scholarship qualifications prior to your first semester (fall or spring). If you are a nonresident receiving a National Scholarship, you also qualify to pay the in-state tuition rate.

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National Distinction Scholarship ($40,000)

Award Amount

  • $40,000 Total award
  • $10,000 Distributed anually

Eligibility Criteria (must meet all)

  • Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program
  • Select Texas State as your first college of choice with NMSC on or before May 31st prior to your first semester (provide copy of certificate)

Renewal Criteria (must meet all)

  • 3.5 cumulative Texas State GPA
  • Complete 28 hours/year (fall/spring)
  • Undergraduate status

National Hispanic Scholarship ($8,000)

Award Amount

  • $8,000 Total award
  • $2,000 Distributed anually

Eligibility Criteria (must meet all)

  • National Hispanic Scholar, as designated by the College Board
  • Minimum SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) score of 1270+ *
  • OR
  • Minimum ACT score of 27+
  • Top 25% of graduating class or IB diploma or AP Capstone Diploma

Renewal Criteria (must meet all)

  • 3.25 cumulative Texas State GPA
  • Complete 28 hours/year (fall/spring)
  • Undergraduate status

*The administration of the redesigned College Board SAT exam began effective March 5, 2016. To learn more about the re-designed SAT and the SAT Score Converter, please visit the CollegeBoard.

  • For Texas State scholarship purposes, SAT score is defined as the best composite score from the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section and Math Section from a single testing. ACT score is defined as the best composite score from a single testing.
  • These scholarships are renewable for up to four years based upon required academic performance.
  • Any combination of financial aid and scholarships cannot exceed the cost of attendance.