Scholarships

Lamar University is dedicated to helping students achieve their 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. These scholarships are made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement. Other factors such as academic major, leadership ability and specialized skills (athletics, marching band, art, music, etc.) also may be considered in awarding scholarships. For priority consideration for Lamar University scholarships, apply no later than February 1 each year. Prospective students and entering freshmen can find more scholarship information here.

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Mirabeau Presidential Scholars Program

Outstanding incoming freshmen with exceptionally strong academic records are invited to apply for LU’s Mirabeau Presidential Scholarship program. Mirabeau 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 SAT score of 1250 (math and critical reading) or an ACT score of 28 and a record of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, service and/or creative endeavors.

Mirabeau Presidential Scholarship applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. To apply for a Mirabeau Presidential Scholarship, each student should submit a letter of interest that presents a personal statement of his or her academic goals and intended major, along with a current resume, and three letters of recommendation (two of which must be from the applicant's current teachers). If the student has already been awarded scholarships by Lamar University, that fact must be disclosed in the application. All application materials should be submitted no later than December 15 to:

Office of the Provost
Lamar University
P.O. Box 10002
Beaumont, TX 77710

General Scholarships

To apply for all general Lamar University scholarships and some scholarships in individual majors submit a scholarship application no later than February 1. The application may be completed online at Apply Texas or may be downloaded here (PDF) and mailed to:

Scholarship Committee
Lamar University
P.O. Box 10009
Beaumont, TX 77710

Students who have chosen an academic major also should check with their colleges and academic departments to find out what other scholarships are available and how they can apply. Incoming engineering majors may be eligible for the Engineering Excellence Scholarship.

Additionally, LU offers scholarships through the Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship Program and through the Lamar Honors Program. Incoming freshmen may download the Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship application from this page. The deadline for receipt of the completed Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship application packet is April 1. Incoming freshmen who apply for the Honors Program will automatically be considered for honors scholarships. Continuing honors students and transfers will find information on applying for honors scholarships on the Honors Program link.

The Lamar University Cardinal Scholarship is a $24,000 four-year award ($6,000 per year for four years) to incoming freshman students with strong academic and high school backgrounds. Entering freshmen with SAT scores (math+critical reasoning) of 1250 or ACT 28 are considered for this award. In addition to demonstrating excellence in prior academic work, students must have demonstrated a variety of leadership services. Students receiving Cardinal Scholarships generally compete for additional university academic scholarships. Students who have completed the general scholarship application either through the www.applytexas.org website or the Lamar University Scholarship Application are automatically considered for this award.

The Lamar University Excellence Scholarship is a $16,000 four-year award ($4,000 per year for four years) to incoming freshman students with strong academic and high school backgrounds. Entering freshmen with SAT scores (math+critical reasoning) of 1130 or ACT 25 on math and/or critcal reasoning are considered for this award. In addition to a strong academic background, students are expected to have demonstrated leadership and service in their high school years. Students who have completed the general scholarship application either through the www.applytexas.org website or the Lamar University Scholarship Application are automatically considered for this award.

Other Scholarships Opportunities

Current Lamar students can apply for the Edmund P. Kuempel Scholarship. The Texas State University System Foundation (TSUS) established the Edmund P. Kuempel Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to worthy and deserving students, to encourage academic excellence, and to recognize student leadership and achievements. Through this program, students in any undergraduate degree program at any TSUS component school may receive financial assistance to help complete their degrees.

Applicants must submit completed applications and supporting documentation to the office of their academic dean no later than the close of business on Monday, March 3, 2014. Download the scholarship application here.

Many groups and organizations other than the university also offer competitive scholarships. Students are encouraged to research other scholarship opportunities.