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Financial Aid

Fall 2017 Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is intended for first-year students. Southwestern’s transfer student scholarship program can be found here. These are four-year scholarships provided the student meets minimum academic progress and GPA requirements

IMPORTANT DATES

December 1

Application deadline for Brown Scholar, Dixon Scholar and S-STEM Award consideration.

February 1

Personal interview deadline for Brown and Dixon scholarships.

March 1

Deadline for any new information pertaining to scholarship consideration (improved class rank or standardized testing results, for example).

Merit Scholarships

Application Deadline: No later than February 1


At Southwestern, general scholarship reviews are done holistically, considering nearly every aspect of your high school experience. Factors considered for scholarship review include: academic performance in the core areas of English, mathematics, lab science, social science/history and foreign languages; rigor of academic curriculum (AP, IB, dual credit, etc.); participation and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities; strength and depth of writing samples; standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS); visit to campus; legacy connections; United Methodist Church membership; and achievement/recognition in national programs.

Cody scholarship – $27,000 annually

Mood scholarship – $25,000 annually

Ruter Scholarship – $23,000 annually

MCKENZIE SCHOLARSHIP – $21,000 ANNUALLY

Southwestern Award – $18,000 annually

University Award – $16,000 annually

Competitive Scholarships

BROWN SCHOLAR AWARD - starting at $32,000 per year

The Brown Scholarship is Southwestern’s most prestigious and competitive award. Candidates must rank minimally in the top 5% of their high school class (or if high school does not rank, have the equivalent of a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale). In addition, students must score at least a 1400 on the SAT (CR+M) or 31 on the ACT. A personal interview with a member of the admission staff is required to be considered. Interviews must be conducted by February 1.

Brown Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1
Interview Deadline: February 1

 

BISHOP ERNEST T. DIXON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP – STARTING AT $2,000 PER YEAR

The Texas Methodist Foundation, in partnership with Southwestern, administers a competitive supplemental scholarship program to benefit high-achieving African-American, Hispanic and Native American students. Scholarship amounts are added to the Merit Scholarships listed above. Applicants must rank minimally in the top 10% of their high school class (or if high school does not rank, have the equivalent of a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale). There is no testing minimum. A personal interview with a member of the admission staff is required to be considered. Interviews must be conducted by February 1.

Dixon Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1
Interview Deadline: February 1

 

s-stem SCHOLARSHIP program – $10,000 PER YEAR

The S-STEM Scholars Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides competitive scholarships to science and math students with financial need. Candidates must rank in the top 10% of their high school class (or if high school does not rank, have the equivalent of a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale). Transfer candidates must have a 3.25 GPA. In addition, students must have a minimum math SAT score of 600 or minimum math ACT score of 26. Candidates should have completed four years of high school mathematics and three years of high school science. Candidates must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. An additional writing sample must also be submitted for consideration.

Click here for more information about the S-STEM Scholarship Program.

S-STEM Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1 for first-year students (Fall of 2017).

 

sarofim fine arts awards – amounts vary

In addition to the Merit Scholarship criteria above, an audition or portfolio submission is required. Students choosing to major in the fine arts are eligible for awards in vocal and instrumental music, theatre (acting or design) or studio art. Final Sarofim Awards are based on an evaluation of talent and a holistic review of academics and will be determined after the required audition or portfolio review. Sarofim Awards are awarded by April 1. Call 512-863-1504 or visit the Sarofim School of Fine Arts website for requirements, dates and general information.

Learn more about Sarofim Awards.

Sarofim Fine Arts Award Application Deadlines November 15 & February 1

Additional Awards

United methodist Beneficiary Grants – Starting at $2,000 per year

As a United Methodist-related institution, Southwestern has restricted funds to assist dependents of United Methodist clergy. Candidates for this grant must submit a Beneficiary Grant Application by February 1. 
 

National Merit Scholar Recognition – $2,000 per year

Southwestern sponsors merit awards for named scholars in the National Merit Scholarship program. Students must name Southwestern as their first choice university by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s published deadline date.
 

Music performance awards – up to $2,500 per year

Audition or evaluation required. Fine Arts Music Performance Awards are for students not majoring in music, but who wish to perform in ensembles. Additionally, students will receive a fee waiver for private lessons. Visit the Sarofim School of Fine Arts website for requirements, dates and general information.

Need-Based Awards

IMPORTANT DATES

FAFSA Opens: October 1
Early Decision FAFSA Deadline: December 1
Final FAFSA Deadline: March 1


Consideration for a Southwestern Grant requires completion and submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible after October 1, but no later than March 1. FAFSA information can be found at www.fafsa.gov. The Southwestern University code is 003620.

Southwestern Grants – amounts vary based on need

Awarded by Southwestern to students demonstrating financial need, Southwestern Grant funding is made possible by generous gifts from alumni and friends.

 

federal and State Assistance – AMOUNTS VARY BASED ON NEED

Other types of need-based aid administered by the financial aid office include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Texas Tuition Equalization Grant, Federal Loans and the Federal Work-Study Program.

Partner Programs

Southwestern University is proud to participate in the following programs.

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INDEPENDENT 529 PLAN

SAGE SCHOLARS TUITION REWARDS PROGRAM

POST 9/11 GI BILL

YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

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