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Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships, also known as private scholarships, are not managed or administered by Southwestern, but by outside entities. Although Southwestern does not award these funds, federal, state, and Southwestern University policies require that the University use outside scholarships as a source of financial aid. If you have been awarded an outside scholarship, please report them through your Self-Service portal. 

Information regarding outside scholarships is presented on this page for the convenience of Southwestern students. The University does not endorse, sponsor, or have any role in the administration of these private aid programs, and therefore disclaims any responsibility or liability for the information provided.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Consortium

    Eligible students must be:

    • Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage
    • Plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States on a full-time or part-time basis
    • Hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Reside in Texas *U.S. citizenship not required.

    Deadline:  April 30th annually 


    Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    Eligible students must be:

    • Must be of Hispanic heritage
    • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate and graduate students
    • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, during the fall of a scholarship cycle (year)
    • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFASA)
    • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

    Deadline:  February 14th annually 


    PHI BETA KAPPA Alumni Association of Greater Austin

    Eligible students must be:

    • Enrolled as adult undergraduate students in four-year colleges and universities in Travis, Hays, and Williamson Counties
    • Have earned more than 30 credits
    • At least 24-years-old
    • Pursuing an academic program that includes liberal arts and sciences

    Deadline:  March 8th annually 


    UMHEF Foundation Merit Scholarship

    Eligible students must be:

    • member of he United Methodist Church for at least 1 year
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from latest academic transcript (HS for freshman)
    • Preference should be given to ethnic minority and/or first generation college students

    Deadline: March 1st annually  

    General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)

    • minimum of one year of active membership in the UMC
    • minimum 2.5 GPA

    Deadline: March 1st annually 








  • Jungle Scout Scholarship

    The Jungle Scout team is excited to announce a new charitable initiative – offering scholarships to students in the US who are studying in business, entrepreneurship and computer science related fields.


    • Must apply for funding each semester
    • Applicants must be studying at or preparing to study at an accredited University
    • $2000 scholarship per applicant per semester


    • Fall: September 1st annually
    • Spring: February 1st annually 
  • Bella Ballroom Excellence in Performing Arts Scholarship

    In order to further Bella Ballroom’s mission to provide opportunities to young, emerging artists, we are proud to sponsor an annual scholarship contest. This contest is open to current U.S. undergraduate students. The winner will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.


    • Must be currently enrolled with an accredited U.S. college, university, or trade school.
    • Must be a current undergraduate majoring in dance, theater, music, performing arts or related field.
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

    Deadline: November 15, annually


    Visual Art Scholarship Program For Australia, USA and Canada Students


    • Only citizens/permanent residents of Australia, USA or Canada can apply
    • Already enrolled in undergraduate or graduation program and looking forward to attaining training in logo design
    • Enrolled in an accredited university/college
    • GPA score should be a minimum 3.9
    • The applicant should be at least 18 years of age while applying
    • The applicant should have graduated from high school or equivalent
    • Before applying for this scholarship, the applicant must have completed at least one term of college or university
    • The applicant should be a regular student and not a dropout

    Deadline: May 31st, annually

  • AIS Technolabs Graphic Web Design Scholarship

    $1,000 scholarship open to all undergraduate or postgraduate students taking part in an Art, Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Creative Advertising course at a US/ Canada based University or College.


    • Any student currently pursuing or who have enrolled for an undergraduate degree in the following areas of study: Computer Engineering, Computer Science (B. Tech, M. Tech. B. Sc., M. Sc, or M.S.) or IT.
    • A gap between Bachelors and Masters Degree is not allowed
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 scale required
    • Students must have attained 18 years of age, at the start of the program.
    • Should be a regular student and not a school/college dropout

    Deadline:  May 15th annually 


    Alliance Marketing Scholarship Program

    Alliance Recruitment Agency is very excited to tell you that we are offering a scholarship of $1000 to a Marketing Major.


    • Have declared a major in marketing and been accepted to that major.
    • Be citizens of U.S/ Canada or permanent residents. An applicant who is not a U.S/Canada citizen is NOT eligible for a scholarship.
    • Should be an undergraduate student.
    • Have completed a minimum of 72 credit hours by April 1, 2018 and 84 credits by the start of the fall 2018 semester (registered credits included). A student whose program has followed an irregular pattern must be at an equivalent stage. Moreover, such a student must have successfully completed at least one semester of the college’s intermediate accounting course(s).
    • Have achieved an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    • Should have attained 18 years of age at the start of the program.

    Deadline:  May 15th annually


    Austin Community Foundation Scholarship List

    In order to be considered for any scholarship listed below, students must complete a general application. Our general application is an efficient way for students to apply for scholarships and allows students to be matched to certain scholarships, and recommended for other scholarships. The scholarships that are recommended to the student require supplemental information.

    Deadline: Varies


    SmileTutor Quarterly College Student Scholarship

    As part of our commitment to contribute back to society and improve the education of students all over the world, we are offering a quarterly student scholarship for all college students who are currently enrolled or enrolling within one calendar year to a national or international university. 


    Only graduating seniors in high school, freshmen and sophomores in college between the ages of 16 and 22 are eligible to win.

    Deadline:  March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, December 31st annually


    HUGG Trust Scholarship 


    • Did you attend the last two years of high school at a Williamson County, Texas school?
    • Are you in the top 25% of your class?
    • Did you reside in Williamson County, Texas during your last two years of high school?
    • If you answered “yes” to all three questions, you are a candidate for the HUGG Trust Scholarship!
    • College students, applying for the first time, must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 and should submit a completed application form, an official college transcript for all work completed thus far, and a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA showing the EFC.  

    Deadline:  May 1st annually

  •  Taylor & Ring - Annual Victim Advocate Scholarship

    This annual award will be given to a student interested in pursuing the study of law with a specific goal of helping survivors of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, or sexual harassment in the workplace.  The successful candidate needs to be currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university or law school for the upcoming academic year.  The scholarship is in the amount of $5,000.


    • An essay of no more than 1000 words about what the civil justice systems mean to you; 
    • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university or law school;
    • A brief statement about financial needs.

    Deadline:  October 1, annually


    Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, PC - Impact on the Community Scholarship

    The scholarship is to recognize someone who has devoted their time to improving someone else’s life in their community.  If you have made a positive impact in your community, we’d like to hear your story.  We believe there are many ways to make an impact, because even the smallest actions can make a difference.  Whether that is starting a community garden, volunteering at an animal shelter, helping kids with their homework, or donating supplies to a homeless shelter.  The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.


    • Write a 750-1000 word essay discussing a time when you made a positive impact on someone or something in your community, and how the experience changed you as a person
    • Enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States
    • Current official or unofficial academic transcript
    • Must be able to demonstrate strong commitment to helping others and be able to describe personal experiences

    Deadline:  June 30th annually 

  • Alert1 Student for Seniors Scholarship

    Plan to help seniors in the future? You could be grandma’s caregiver or the next great innovator for seniors. Whether you’re pursuing technology or the arts, you’re committed to improve senior care.


    • $3500 scholarship to a student attending an accredited U.S. college or universities

    Deadline: January10th annually


    EasyEDA Electronic Engineering Communication Scholarship

    EasyEDA is a great web-based EDA aiming to help electronic engineers, students, hobbyists to take their design from idea to reality with providing comprehensive data and collaboration tools for electronic design.


    High school, undergraduate or postgraduate students are eligible to apply


    • Term 1: March 13 - Sept. 13th annually 
    • Term 2: Oct. 13 - Feb. 13th annually 
  • ExtremeTerrain’s Student Scholarships

    ExtremeTerrain is offering two $3,000 scholarships, one for the fall semester and one for the spring Semester to eligible students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems.


    • Students who are pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth & Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Agriculture Systems. Proof of enrollment is required along with submission.
    • ExtremeTerrain Scholarships are non-renewable, however previous winners who are still eligible may submit a new essay that follows the same criteria. Entries are limited to one essay per student each semester.


    Spring: October 15th annually
    Fall: June 15th annually 

  • Child of Disabled Veteran Scholarship

    The law firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD awards a $1,000 Child of a Disabled Veteran Scholarship each year to one deserving applicant whose parent has a service-connected disability.


    • The legal child (natural or adoptive) of a disabled veteran of any branch of U.S. military service who is either a:
      • U.S. high school senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. or
      • U.S. student currently attending or enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate degree program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

    Deadline: December 15, 2021 annually 

  • Margaret McNamara Education Scholarship

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
    • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List;
    • Be enrolled at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;
    • Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse;
    • already be enrolled as a full time student, with relevant student visa in national passport, and plan to continue studying full time in the following academic year;
    • not hold US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status

    Application open: September 15 until January 15 annually 


    Alliance For Women in Media Austin Affiliate 

    The Alliance for Women in Media Austin Affiliate scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year ARE OPEN! This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a college Sophomore, Junior, or Senior studying media or a related field at a university in the Austin area (within a 40-mile radius from Austin), to be used for undergraduate tuition.


    • Have completed 45+ hours of college course work by December 2022
    • Will not be graduating prior to December 2023
    • Have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher or a 3.0 or higher in declared major courses (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Are currently enrolled as a full-time student (carrying a minimum of 12 hours per semester, internship hours will be considered), with a declared major in radio, television, film, digital media, public relations, advertising, marketing, communications, journalism or broadcasting. Current students with relevant college or professional media work experience who intend to pursue careers in media (or related field) may also be considered.

    Deadline: March 1 2023