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 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.

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Incoming Freshmen

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  Applicants who previously submitted paper applications early in the fall of 2014 will be considered along with those submitted online. All application materials should be submitted no later than December 15.

Other Significant Scholarship Programs for Incoming Freshmen

LU offers scholarships through the Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship Program and through the Lamar Honors Program. Incoming freshmen may apply for a prestigious Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship through 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 scholarships on the Honors College website.

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.

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 critical 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 may apply for Cardinal and Excellence scholarship awards by visiting  Applications submitted previously in the fall of 2014 need not resubmit another application for these awards.

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.

Current and Transfer students

Current and incoming transfer students should also visit 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.