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 most Lamar University scholarships, apply no later than February 1 each year (some unique opportunities require earlier deadlines).
Applying for Scholarships
To apply for Lamar University scholarships, we invite both new and returning students to submit an application online at lamar.edu/myscholarships, Lamar University’s online scholarship application management system. New students will first need to apply for admission to the university in order to receive a username and password in order to submit an application. Current students will use their existing LU credentials to log in to the site. Students no longer need to visit their individual departments in order to apply for major-specific scholarships.
Incoming freshmen who have submitted an application for admission to Lamar University will receive an LU username and password sent to the email submitted with their admissions application. This username and password will allow the prospective student to access all available scholarship opportunities and complete an online application at myScholarships. This application process is used to apply for both general and departmental scholarships, including those listed below. Some of the unique opportunities available for incoming freshmen include:
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 Scholars Program
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. Applications for Mirabeau Scholarships should be submitted online at lamar.edu/myscholarships. All application materials should be submitted no later than December 15.
Other Significant Scholarship Programs for Incoming Freshmen
There are other significant scholarship opportunities available to incoming freshmen that require the completion of a supplemental application and a personal interview for selected finalist. These awards carry significant monetary values.
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. Students can apply by submitting a Lamar University general scholarship application through lamar.edu/myscholarships AND by completing the specific Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program application via the following link: Smith-Hutson Scholarship Application. Applicants must type or print clearly all appropriate information requested on the Smith-Hutson Scholarship application. The application will be complete upon the receipt of (1) this completed form; (2) your high school transcript; (3) financial need documentation including requested tax information; (4) an essay describing career goals; and (5) two letters of recommendation. The deadline for receipt of the completed Smith-Hutson Scholarship application packet is March 1.
Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship Program
Incoming freshmen may apply for a prestigious Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship by submitting a Lamar University general scholarship application through lamar.edu/myscholarships AND by completing the specific Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship Program application via the following link: Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship Application. In addition, applicants must submit (1) a list of academic, civic and social activities; (2) a 300 word essay on what it means for you to receive a Southeast Texas Legends scholarship; (3) two letters of recommendation; and (4) a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report. The deadline for receipt of the completed Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship application packet is March 1.
Incoming freshmen who apply for the Honors Program 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.
Other Scholarships Opportunities
Many groups and organizations other than the university offer competitive scholarships as well. Incoming freshmen should check with their high school counselors for information on scholarship opportunities.
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. Completed applications and supporting documentation is required to be received by the Office of your Academic Dean by no later than the close of business on March 6, 2015.
Current and Transfer students
Current and incoming transfer students should also visit lamar.edu/myScholarships in order to apply for all undergraduate scholarships for which they qualify.
Graduate and International Students
Graduate and International students should follow the links to the left for information on scholarships available.