Scholarships

The Texas State Alumni Association awards scholarships every year.  The funds that support these awards are raised entirely by the Alumni Association through membership donations, event proceeds and gifts.   The Alumni Association awards several scholarships:

Alumni Association One-Time Continuing Student Scholarship
To apply for the Alumni Association Continuing Student Scholarship, students should follow the Continuing Scholarships instructions and timeline provided by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.  The general scholarship application will ask if the applicant has any alumni in their family.  Completing this section will automatically place the applicant into consideration for the scholarship.  The student must complete an application each year to be considered for the scholarship.  For the year 2016, seventy-four (74) students will be selected for this scholarship.  Recipients will be notified prior to the fall semester and funds will disperse in the amount of $750 in both August 2016 and January 2017 for a total award of $1500.

  • Requires a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5
  • Competitively awarded based on exceptional scholastic ability
  • Student must be enrolled full time (12+ hours) during the semesters of the award
  • Preference for legacy status, defined as having a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or grandparent that has graduated from Texas State University
  • Historically, recipients have an average GPA of 3.5 or above

Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
This endowment awards one scholarship in the amount of approximately $1500 on an annual basis.  Students should log-in at scholarships.txstate.edu and locate the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship to apply. 

  • Requires a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5
  • Competitively awarded based on exceptional scholastic ability
  • Student must be enrolled full time (12+ hours) during the semesters of the award
  • Preference for legacy status, defined as having a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or grandparent that has graduated from Texas State University

Joan Burley O'Neal Memorial Scholarship
This endowment awards one scholarship in the amount of approximately $1200 on an annual basis.  Students should log-in at scholarships.txstate.edu and locate the Joan Burley O'Neal Memorial Scholarship to apply. 

  • Requires a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.75.
  • Preference to a junior or senior classification (60 hours +)
  • Competitively awarded based on exceptional scholastic ability
  • Student must be enrolled full time (12+ hours) during the semesters of the award

The Joan Burley O'Neal Memorial Scholarship is a memorial to the late Joan Burley O'Neal (1953-1984) by her sister and family. The African-American Chapter of the Alumni Association joined the family to recognize African-American students at Texas State University.  The memory of Joan Burley O'Neal carries on in perpetuity through the education of the selected scholarship recipients.


Incoming Freshman Students

Each fall, the Alumni Association awards ten (10) renewable scholarships for incoming freshman students.  The scholarship award is based on evidence of superior academic achievement, leadership, and legacy status defined as having a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or grandparent that graduated from Texas State University.  Scholarship recipients are chosen by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.  Legacy status will be verified by the Office of Alumni Relations.  Selection is highly competitive. 

Students chosen to receive the Alumni Association Freshman Initiative Scholarship are eligible to continue to receive the annual award of $1,500 for up to three (3) additional years, for a total award of $6,000, by meeting the renewal criteria of:

  1.     Cumulative Texas State GPA of 3.0
  2.     27 hours per year (fall and spring combined)
  3.     Undergraduate status

To apply for the Alumni Association Freshman Initiative Scholarship, incoming freshmen should follow the Competitive Scholarship application instructions and timeline provided by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.  Please clearly list the name and relationship of the alumni family member on the Scholarship Application. 

Students that are not selected for the Alumni Association Freshman Initiative Scholarship can be considered for the Alumni Association Continuing Student Scholarship after completing their freshman year at Texas State.  Please refer above to the instructions for current Texas State students. 


Eligibility For In-State Tuition
Receipt of an Alumni Association scholarship does not guarantee in-state tuition.  Nonresidents receiving a competitive scholarship from Texas State University of at least $1,000 per year may qualify to pay the in-state tuition rate, permitted the scholarship is awarded prior to the 12th day of class and the appropriate nonresident tuition waiver form is completed and submitted to Student Business Services.  Nonresident tuition waivers are valid for one academic year and must be submitted to Student Business Services each year a student receives a qualifying scholarship award.   

If the scholarship is awarded after the 12th class day of the semester, the student is not eligible for in-state tuition.  At times, the Alumni Association has scholarship funds that become available after the 12th class day and therefore cannot qualify a student for in-state tuition.