State-Specific Scholarships

16 Great Scholarships for Students in Texas

By Brittany Mailhot June 27, 2018

In addition to cowboys, Tex-Mex, and Friday Night Lights, the Lone Star State is also a great destination for higher education. Institutions like the University of Texas Austin and Texas A&M have a reputation for top-notch academics and vibrant campuses, so it should come as no surprise that students from all over the nation choose to study in Texas.

However, Texas is no exception to the nationwide trend of rising tuition prices, meaning students often turn to financial aid to fund their education. As of 2018, the average in-state tuition for Texas universities is $5,542 while out-of-state tuition is around $15,215 per year. Luckily, studying in Texas doesn’t have to mean taking out student loans. Scholarships are a great resource and can help make it possible for students to attend their first-choice schools.

Benefits of Scholarships & How to Apply

The reason that scholarships are considered one of the best ways to pay for school is that they never need to be paid back. The money is yours to keep. Plus, thousands of different kinds of scholarships exist. Whether you’re short on time, looking for scholarships in your state, or applying to grad school, there’s a scholarship out there for you.

The best place to start is Going Merry! We match you with the scholarships you qualify for and then allow you to apply directly through our site to save you time and effort. The next step is to speak with your high school guidance office or college financial aid office. They’ll have plenty of info on local scholarships and awards that you qualify for.

For more information, check out our step-by-step guide on applying for scholarships and our 12 best tips on making your scholarship application stand out from the rest.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are 16 scholarships in Texas to help you save money on tuition. Going Merry is in the process of adding these to our site. Feel free to let us know which ones we should add first and if there are any others we should include.

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16 Scholarships in Texas

1. The Bill Browning Scholarship for Dallas ISD

This Texas scholarship was created in honor of Bill Browning, an educator and coach from the Dallas area who passed away in 2018. Inspired by his dedication to the success of his students and his love for teaching and coaching, Brian Spaly, a former student of Bill Browning, founded this award for high school seniors in the Dallas Independent School District.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Provider: The Spaly Family

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Attending high school in Dallas ISD, (b) Plans to attend four-year college or university. For more information, please visit the scholarship page.

2. Terry Foundation Freshmen Scholarship

The Terry Foundation awards scholarships in Texas to high school seniors who plan on attending Terry-affiliated universities. While award amounts vary by student, the scholarship committee takes financial need and other awarded scholarships into account in order to determine the size of the award with the intention that recipients don’t need to take out student loans.

Amount: Varies

Provider: The Terry Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Academic achievement, (b) Demonstrated leadership, (c) Financial need, (d) U.S. citizenship, (e) Residency in Texas. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

3. Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) Program

The TEOG program was created in order to provide additional financial assistance to students attending public two-year colleges in Texas. In order to be eligible, students must be attending or have previously attended a high school in the Houston area.

Amount: Up to $5,862

Provider: College for All Texans

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors

Requirements: (a) Be registered or exempt from Selective Service, (b) 9-month EFC of no more than $5,609, (c) Residency in Texas, (d) Not currently receiving renewal TEXAS grant, (e) No felonies involving a controlled substance. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

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4. Association of Texas Leaders for Education Scholarship

All students graduating from a Texas high school and planning to enroll in a Texas university qualify for these scholarships in Texas. Winners receive $1,000 to help pay for tuition and related costs.

Amount: $1,000

Provider: Community Foundation of West Texas

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Minimum GPA of 3.0, (b) Demonstrated school and community service, (c) Full-time student status. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

5. Texas Top 10% Scholarship

These scholarships in Texas are based on the FAFSA and designed to encourage students in the top 10% of their class to continue their academic career at a public institution in Texas.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Provider: College For All Texans

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Academic status in top 10% of graduating class, (b) FAFSA. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

6. Education First Scholarship

Education First Credit Union wants to help students obtain a higher education without taking out student loans by awarding a number of $1,000 scholarships in Texas. Applicants should be high school seniors in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, and Tyler counties to qualify.  

Amount: $1,000

Provider: Education First Federal Credit Unions

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Minimum GPA of 3.0 or in top 25% of class, (b) Enroll in at least 12 credit hours during the first semester. For more information, https://www.educationfirstfcu.org/About/Community/College-Scholarshipsplease visit the scholarship website.

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7. Bounce Energy BE More Scholarship

All students living in or attending school in Texas are qualified to apply for these Texas scholarships. One award totaling $2,500 is granted per year.

Amount: $2,500

Provider: Bounce Energy

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors

Requirements: (a) High school senior or college student under 24 years of age, (b) Minimum GPA of 3.0, (c) Residency or attending school in Texas. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

8. NIADA Foundation Scholarship

The NIADA Foundation awards four scholarships per year to students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in education, service, or leadership. Students should be a resident of one of the foundation’s four regions.

Amount: $3,500

Provider: The NIADA Foundation & Manheim

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors

Requirements: (a) Demonstrated success in academics, leadership, or service, (b) Residency in one of NIADA’s four regions. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

9. Zeta Phi Beta Stork’s Nest Scholarship

Both high school seniors and GED students who successfully completed the Stork’s Nest Education program can apply for these scholarships in Texas sponsored by the Kappa Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The winner of this $1,500 award is honored at the Miss Blue Revue Ceremony.

Amount: $1,500

Provider: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter & Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors and GED Students

Requirements: (a) Completion of Stork’s Nest Education Program, (b) Plans to enroll in higher education within 2 years of completing program, (c) Residency in Dallas County. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

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10. LNESC Emergency Scholarship

As a result of the joint partnership between LNESC and Macy’s, the LNESC Emergency Fund was created in order to provide financial assistance to students facing economic hardships that prevent them from attending classes or completing a degree program. Reasons for receiving this scholarship include unexpected financial challenges such as a change in family income or support, the loss of a job, the death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary, and fire. Recipients of this scholarship cannot be winners of other LNESC scholarships.

Amount: Up to $500

Provider: LNESC & Macy’s

Who Can Apply: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors

Requirements: (a) Residency in California, Missouri, New York, New Mexico, Florida, Ohio, or Texas, (b) Full-time student status, (c) Immediate financial need, (d) Minimum GPA of 3.0. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

11. LNESC Ford Scholarship

The LNESC Ford Scholarship awards scholarships for Texas residents in the North Texas, Houston, and San Antonio areas in order to encourage local students to continue their education. Please visit the scholarship website for a list of participating high schools.

Amount: $2,000

Provider: LNESC & Ford

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Plans to enroll full time in Bachelor’s degree program, (b) Minimum GPA of 3.0, (c) Minimum ACT score of 20 or minimum SAT score of 1050. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

12. Mike Lozano Memorial Scholarship

The Mike Lozano Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 by the family and friends of Mike Lozano. One scholarship per year is awarded to a student athlete in one of the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle.

Amount: $2,500

Provider: Amarillo Area Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Student athlete, (b) Minimum GPA of 2.0 in high school and 2.5 in college, (c) Plans to pursue an education in education or coaching with the intention of working in a high school environment. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

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13. Society of Professional Women in Petroleum Scholarship

Regardless of major, this Texas scholarship is awarded to women attending Texas high schools and intending to attend a Texas university. Applicants should demonstrate financial need.

Amount: Varies

Provider: Society of Professional Women in Petroleum

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Demonstrated financial need, (b) Graduating from a Houston area high school, (c) Plans to attend a Texas university. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

14. British American Foundation of Texas Undergraduate Scholarship

Texas students studying in the UK or Texas or UK students studying in Texas are eligible to apply for these tuition-only scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in the fall semester and students should be majoring in a field related to science, technology, math, engineering, or business. Winners will be honored at a special awards dinner.

Amount: Varies

Provider: British American Foundation of Texas

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors

Requirements: (a) UK or Texas Residency, (b) Full-time student status in the UK or Texas, (c) Demonstrated financial need, (d) Minimum GPA of 3.25, (e) Interview. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

15. Urban Scholarship

These scholarships in Texas are awarded to students who will graduate or have previously graduated from a high school in Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Carrollton, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Houston, Irving, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, McKinney, Mesquite, Midland, Pasadena, Plano, San Antonio, Waco, and Wichita Falls. Applicants can either be high school seniors or returning college students attending any accredited nonprofit, public, or independent two- or four-year college, university, or technical school. Award amounts are $700 for community college, junior college, and technical college; $1,000 for public, four-year colleges and universities; and $2,000 for private, four-year colleges and universities.

Amount: $700 to $2,000

Provider: Texas Association of Developing Colleges

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors

Requirements: (a) United States Citizen or permanent resident, (b) Residency in Texas, (c) Demonstrated financial need, (d) Graduation from city mentioned above. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

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16. V&E Diversity Scholarship

The V&E Diversity scholarship is designed for minority students with financial need interested in pursuing a career in law. Seven scholarships are awarded per year to students in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. In addition to the scholarship, recipients receive the chance to do a summer internship with Vinson & Elkins.

Amount: $10,000

Provider: Vinson & Elkins

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Academic status in top 20% of graduating class, (b) Member of ethnic group underrepresented in legal profession or member of LGBT community, (c) Interest in working in law firm setting, (d) Minimum SAT score of 1100 or minimum ACT score of 22, (e) Valid social security number, (f) U.S. citizenship or residency in Houston, Dallas, Austin, or surrounding areas for at least 7 consecutive years. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

Soon you’ll be able to apply to all of these on Going Merry (let us know in the comments section if there are others we should include). In the meantime, we already have thousands of scholarships which you can apply for directly.

Just fill out your profile, see what we match you with, and click apply! It’s that easy.

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