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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. SFA scholarships are limited by available funding.  Scholarship selection committees will review candidates and choose a limited number of recipients, as funding allows.

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.

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 on the Applying for Aid page.

Scholarships provided by SFA

SFA offers several scholarships regardless of major. Explore the options below and search the scholarship portal for opportunities specific to your interest, college and major!

How to apply for a scholarship

SFA has hundreds of scholarships available to new and returning students. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers, a scholarship portal that allows you to search and apply for SFA scholarships using a single application!

  1. Visit
  2. Click the Sign In button and use your mySFA credentials.

Within the application, you can request references by submitting names and email addresses, and complete essays when required. You also can access this portal through mySFA by selecting the Apply for Scholarship Opportunities link on the Financial Aid tab.

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

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.



Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Physical address:
Austin Building, Room 104

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 13052, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to using the principles and standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.