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 $8 million in assistance to students.

Most scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement. Other factors such as academic major, leadership ability and specialized skills (athletics, marching band, music, etc.) also may be considered in awarding scholarships.

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

Applying for Scholarships

To see what scholarships are available to you from us, submit an application at ApplyTexas.org. Once admitted, you will receive a username and password by letter via email.

Admitted and current students can start the scholarship process online at lamar.edu/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

  • Academic Excellence Scholarships are available to first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT (CR + M)  score of 1150-1290 (test taken Before March 5, 2016) / 1220-1350 (test taken After March 5, 2016) or an ACT score of 25 AND must be ranked in the Top 25%.

The Academic Excellence award will give students $16,000 over four years:. $2,000 per year will be applied toward tuition and $2,000 will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.  

  • Cardinal Elite Scholarships are available to first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT (CR+M) score of 1300 (test taken Before March 5, 2016)  /  1360 (test taken After March 5, 2016) or an ACT score of 29 or greater 

The Cardinal Elite award will give students $32,000 over four years: $5,000 per year will be applied toward tuition and $3,000 per year will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.

Students receiving the Academic Excellence or Cardinal Elite scholarship are invited to fill out the supplemental LU Scholarship application at www.lamar.edu/myscholarships. The supplemental application will match your qualifications with other endowed scholarship awards. Endowed scholarships will be awarded after the February 1st priority deadline.

Top Scholars Program: Mirabeau Scholarship

The Mirabeau Scholarship is part of LU's Top Scholars Program. Outstanding incoming freshmen with exceptionally strong academic records are invited to apply. Mirabeau 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 SAT (CR + M)  score of 1300 (test taken Before March 5, 2016) / 1360 (test taken After March 5, 2016) or an ACT score of 29 and a record of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, service and/or creative endeavors. 

Mirabeau Scholarship applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. To apply for a Mirabeau 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: Mirabeau Scholarship should be submitted online at lamar.edu/myscholarships.   All application materials should be submitted no later than January 1st.

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 SAT (CR+M) score of 1300 (test taken Before March 5, 2016)  /  1360 (test taken Aftr March 5, 2016) or an ACT score of 29 or greater 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 January 1st.

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 tuition, fees, books, supplies and on- campus room and board. The Smith-Hutson Scholarship Application will be available on December 1st, 2016. The application will be complete upon the receipt of (1) this completed application; (2) high school transcript; (3) financial need documentation including requested tax information; (4) an essay describing career goals; and (5) two letters of recommendation. Students have until Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 to have the application form, essay, letters of recommendation and their high school transcript submitted to our office.

Honors College

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

Applications for this scholarship are now available via the following link: Edmund P. Kuempel Scholarship Application. In addition to submitting the application, students must submit:
  1. a one page, double-spaced essay including a statement of your goals and reasons for pursuing your specific degree
  2. an updated transcript
  3. two letters of recommendation from current instructors
  4. a copy of your 2016-2017 FAFSA Student Aid Report
  5. a current resume with a description of your current activities
Completed applications and supporting documentation are required to be received by the Office of your Academic Dean no later than the close of business on February 1st, 2017