Stephen F. Austin State University

Smith-Hutson Scholarship

About the Smith-Hutson Scholarship

Smith-Hutson Scholarships are intended for entering freshman and transfer students with established financial need and academic potential who are seeking an undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Taking into account other scholarships that the student may receive and the student's and parents' financial resources, the Smith-Hutson Scholarship typically provides sufficient assistance to cover tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses on campus.

Students remain eligible to receive a Smith-Hutson Scholarship for a maximum of four years of undergraduate studies, provided the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) at SFA of at least a 2.5 and completes a minimum of 30 semester credit hours toward their degree each academic year.

If a recipient's GPA falls below a 2.0 in any single semester, the scholarship is subject to termination. Freshmen scholarship recipients are required to live together in the same housing unit on campus unless commuting or living with family.

Stephen F. Austin State University strongly encourages all qualified students to apply for the Smith-Hutson scholarship by submitting the required supplemental information in combination with the General Scholarship Application available through a student's mySFA account once they have applied to SFA.

Remember, many qualified applicants do not receive awards. Most recipients qualify for the Pell Grant and all applicants are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible prior to the semester for which they are applying. The student must then follow up on their financial aid status at SFA by logging on to mySFA. All financial aid requirements should be completed as early as possible. Assistance is available through our financial aid office, SFA Box 13052, Nacogdoches, TX 75962 or telephone 936.468.2403.

How to Apply for a Smith-Hutson Scholarship

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

The application deadline for the Smith-Hutson scholarship is February 1st, 2022. Students must complete the SFA General Scholarship Application by February 1 to be eligible to submit additional information for the Smith-Hutson scholarship.

The Smith-Hutson scholarship application is part of the Outside Scholarship Application. Students will be prompted to fill this out when the General Scholarship Application is complete. Please note, the application software will not prompt you that you are filling out the Smith-Hutson application, specifically.

Requirements and Award Selection Process

Smith-Hutson Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee which will include representatives named by the Donor. The following criteria will be applied. Applicants must:

  1. Be a legal resident of the state of Texas;
  2. Satisfy admission requirements for Stephen F. Austin State University and have applied or been accepted for admission;
  3. Demonstrate financial need supported with a completed FAFSA
  4. Provide a personal essay describing career goals (maximum two pages double-spaced and one-sided);
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation from non-family members addressing academic potential and/or financial need (it is preferable that at least one of these letters come from a teacher of English or Mathematics in whose class(es) they were enrolled in the last year);
  6. Be unmarried with no children, and
  7. Be available for an in-person interview with the Smith-Hutson Scholarship Committee on April 2022.

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