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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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  • Award Amount

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

    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 passing Texas State hours/year (fall/spring)
    • Undergraduate status
  • Award Amount

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

    Eligibility Criteria (must meet all)

    • National Hispanic Scholar, as designated by the College Board
    • Top 25% of graduating class or IB diploma or AP Capstone Diploma
    • AND
    • Minimum SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) score of 1270+
      OR
    • Minimum ACT score of 27+
    • OR
    • Texas State will consider summer and fall 2021 freshmen admitted by February 15, 2021 for the National Hispanic Scholarship without an SAT or ACT score. Students applying without an SAT or ACT will receive a holistic review of their application, which will include consideration of their high school curriculum, level of courses taken, high school rank/percentile, grades earned, and may include admission essay(s) and extracurricular involvement/leadership/community service/work experience throughout their high school career. Merit scholarships, based on holistic review, are competitive and based on availability of funding.

     

    Renewal Criteria (must meet all)

    • 3.25 cumulative Texas State GPA
    • Complete 28 passing Texas State hours/year (fall/spring)
    • Undergraduate status
  • 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.
  • The annual enrollment renewal requirement (28 institutional hours) considers all completed credit hours with passing grades, regardless if they count toward your degree or if they are repeat courses. Students receiving their last year of funding may qualify for an exception to the full-time enrollment requirement.
  • Any combination of financial aid and scholarships cannot exceed the cost of attendance.