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Scholarships

What is a scholarship?

Like grants, scholarships are financial awards that don’t have to be repaid. Some are based on financial need, but scholarships also can be based on accomplishments, such as academic merit, athletic ability, leadership, extracurricular activities, service or even winning an essay contest.

Scholarship providers run the gamut, from SFA to businesses, foundations, religious organizations, nonprofits and community groups. That means there are hundreds of opportunities available for you to get scholarship funding to help you with your SFA expenses.

How to apply for a scholarship

SFA has hundreds of scholarships available to new and returning students. You can search all SFA scholarships using our Scholarship Search Engine.

When you’re ready to apply, you can do so through mySFA by following these steps:

  • Log in to mySFA
  • Select the Financial Aid tab
  • Select SFA Scholarship Application
  • Within the application, you can:
    • Request references by submitting names and email addresses
    • Complete essays, when required

You may also be eligible for outside scholarships (details below).

Do I need to complete the FAFSA?

You don’t have to complete the FAFSA to apply for scholarships, although we suggest you do — some scholarships require a FAFSA, and you could be eligible for other types of aid. Learn more about the FAFSA application requirements, process and deadlines here.

Scholarships provided by SFA

University Regents Scholarship:

This award opportunity is for first-time incoming students at the freshman, sophomore or junior level. Each academic department selects 2 academically gifted undergraduates to receive $3,000 for the academic year, broken down into two $1,500 allocations, to help cover the cost of a room in an SFA residence hall. Commuter students can apply the money toward tuition and fees. You must be admitted to SFA to qualify.

Requirements and renewals

Requirements

Entering freshmen must meet any one of the following requirements for the Regents Scholarship:

  • Be in the top 15% of their high school graduating class (verified by transcript or letter from the appropriate high school official)
  • Have an SAT combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1220
  • Have an ACT composite score of at least 27
  • Students must submit writing scores on the SAT reasoning test or writing scores on the ACT

Transfer students must meet the same requirements as entering freshmen and must have maintained a 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all college work.

Renewals

The Regents Scholarship is renewable for continuous fall and spring semesters — up to 8 semesters for freshmen, 6 semesters for sophomores and 4 semesters for juniors — as long as students meet all 3 of the conditions below.

  • Complete at least 24 semester credit hours each academic year with an earned GPA of at least 3.25
  • Make appropriate progress each semester on the degree requirements in the major from the awarding department
  • Receive continuing approval from the department chair and/or faculty of the awarding department

Academic Excellence Scholarship Program:

This award opportunity is for entering freshmen is renewable for a four-year period. Recipients receive $3,000 for the academic year, broken into two $1,500 allocations. You do not have to apply for this scholarship. We consider all students for it when they’re admitted to SFA.

Requirements and renewals

Requirements

  • Receive offer of SFA admission by June 1
  • Rank in the top 10% of graduating class OR
  • Rank in top quarter of graduating class and earn minimum score of 1100 on the SAT Reasoning Test (not including writing score) OR
  • Earn minimum score of 24 on the ACT (not including writing score)

Renewals

  • Earn 24 or more semester hours of credits each academic year
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 during the fall and spring semesters

Community College Transfer Scholarship Program:

This award opportunity is for students who transfer to SFA from a community college during the fall or the spring. The award is $1,000 for the year if the recipient’s transferable GPA is 3.0 to 3.49, and the award is $2,000 per year for students with a transferable GPA of 3.50 or higher. You do not have to apply for this scholarship. We consider all students for it when they’re admitted to SFA.

Requirements and renewals

Requirements

  • Attended community college only between high school graduation and transferring to SFA
  • Completed at least 45 transferable semester hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (as computed by the SFA office of admissions)
    • Advanced placement or credit by exam credits are not included in the 45 transferable semester-hour requirement
  • Submit official college transcript to SFA office of admissions
  • Officially admitted to SFA

Renewals

This scholarship is renewable for a second academic year.

  • Earn 24 or more semester hours of credits during your first fall and spring semesters at SFA
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 during the fall and spring semesters

School of Honors scholarships:

The School of Honors offers 4 scholarship programs:

  1. Hoops for Scholars, up to $5,000 for academic year, $2,500 per fall and spring semester 
  2. University Scholars Award, up to $4,000 for academic year, $2,000 per fall and spring semester 
  3. Vera Douglas Scholarship, up to $5,000 for academic year, $2,500 per fall and spring semester 
  4. Wisely Award, up to $1,000 for academic year (please see separate listing below)

Requirements and renewals

School of Honors scholarship requirements

  • Be a high school senior with clear admission to SFA
  • Have either a minimum SAT reasoning score of 1220 (not including writing) OR an ACT composite score of 27 (not including writing) as submitted to SFA Admissions
  • Have completed the SFA Scholarship Application through mySFA

Additional requirement for Hoops for Scholars ONLY

  • National Merit Scholar OR National Merit Finalist

We also will consider outside achievements including artistic efforts, professional or occupational activities, significant volunteer work or other worthy activities. On your online application, request up to 3 references from teachers or professors, and complete the 300- to 600-word essay, “What does success mean to you?” on page 7.

School of Honors scholarship renewals

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Participate in the School of Honors and earn at least 3 hours of honors credit (one honors course) per semester until at least 25 hours are completed. (This will entitle you to graduate with the University Scholar designation on your degree)

Wisely Award:

This School of Honors program for current SFA students provides recipients a one-time, $1,000 scholarship for the academic year. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a currently enrolled SFA student
  • Be a full member of School of Honors in good standing
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Be returning to SFA the next academic year
  • Complete the SFA scholarship application through mySFA

On your online application:

  • Request up to 3 references from teachers or professors
  • Under the question, “Do you participate in any of the following activities?” on page 6, check the box next to “Honors Program”
  • Complete the 300- to 600-word essay, “What does success mean to you?” on page 7

If you’re awarded a Wisely Award scholarship for the following academic year, you’ll need to maintain School of Honors membership, which includes:

  • Maintaining a minimum 3.25 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Earning a minimum of 6 honors credits each academic year
  • Enrolling in a minimum of 12 credit hours at SFA for the fall and spring semesters

More SFA scholarship opportunities

You also may be eligible for scholarship opportunities offered by:

Outside scholarship resources

It’s worth your time to look for scholarship opportunities from other sources, too. You can do an online search, “Scholarships for ___” and fill in the blank: leaders, volunteers, children of veterans — you name it. You also can try sites that list scholarship opportunities. Here are a few to get you started:

 

Contact

Office of Student Financial Assistance
936.468.2403
Fax: 936.468.1048
finaid@sfasu.edu
scholarship@sfasu.edu

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