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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


    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 15th


    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 1, 2019


    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: October 1

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  • 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
    • Spring: February 1st 
  • 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

  • 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 15, 2019


    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 15, 2019


    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


    InvestmentZen $1000 Financial Future Scholarship

    The good financial habits we develop as collegiate can serve us for the rest of our lives. To help promote financial responsibility among post-secondary students around the world, we’re thrilled to award one $1,000 USD scholarship annually to help alleviate educational costs.

    Eligibility: Anyone actively enrolled full-time in an accredited college/university 

    Deadline: April 1, 2019


    OppLoans Scholarship


    • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
    • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
    • Be a U.S. citizen.

    Deadline: September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30


    Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Applicants must be a current college student, or anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education), in the upcoming school year.
    • Student must have a valid driver’s license.

     Deadline: December 1


    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


    2018 Unpakt College Scholarship

    Details: Eligibility for this student scholarship requires entrants be a current college student or recent college graduate (within one year) at time of award announcement 

    Deadline: December 15, 2019


    Autolist Used Car to Dream Car Scholarship

    Details: Submit an application with answers to two specified prompts. $1500 scholarship for outstanding students based either on a merit or need basis.


    • Spring: March 1
    • Summer: June 1
    • Fall:  September 1
    • Winter:  December 1


    CJ Pony Parts Scholarship

    CJ Pony Parts is offering two $500 scholarships each year to students enrolling in post-secondary education in their next semester. These scholarships are open to any field of study and are not exclusive to just automotive or related degrees.

    Details: Create a short video, under 3 minutes long, on a specified topic:


    • Spring:  April 15         
    • Fall: October 15


    Scholarships for Undocumented Students

    A comprehensive list of scholarships for undocumented students

    Deadline: Varies

  • Adams Legal Group, PLLC Scholarship

    The Adams Legal Group is offering a $1000 scholarship to help a student who personifies a the value of civil discourse and has used clear and honest communication in the face of adversity to help better their community. Their community is not limited to just their town or place of residence; it can be their town, their school, a club, or any other community they help to improve and build up.


    • This scholarship is open to any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or professional program in the United States. This includes accredited community college students as well as high school seniors and students who possess a GED who have been accepted to or are enrolled in an accredited program.
    • The scholarship applicant must be dedicated to and exemplify strong community leadership in any community of which they are apart, as illustrated via their essay response.
    • All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above.


    • August 1, 2019


    Brandy Austin Law Scholarship

    The trustworthy and caring team at Brandy Austin Law is committed to helping those who cannot help themselves by promoting equity, justice and opportunities for all.  We offer our scholarship in the hopes of promoting a bright student’s education that will lead them to a life that is committed to promoting social justice for all. Scholarship amount is $1,000


    • This scholarship is open to any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in the United States. This includes accredited community college students, and high school seniors (and students who possess a GED) that have been accepted to or enrolled in an accredited program. 
    • The scholarship applicant must be able to demonstrate a commitment to promoting social justice by past and present personal, volunteer, professional and/or educational experiences.
    • All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.


    • August 15, 2019


    Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship

    The law offices of Howell & Christmas, LLC, a 10 out of 10 Avvo rated law firm is proud to have served the working men and women of South Carolina, with combined legal experience of over 30 years.


    • Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school within the United States or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend law school.
    • Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA.
    • Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript


    • Fall: July 31st
    • Spring: November 30th


    Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

    The law firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene dedicates a large part of our practice to helping families who have faced child abuse in any form. We know that many future lawyers also hope to champion this cause, and we are pleased to offer a semi-annual $1,000 scholarship for a child advocate or abuse survivor seeking a law degree.


    • You have personally worked to protect children’s rights or stop abuse either as a volunteer, as a counselor, in your professional work or by legal means.
    • You are an abuse survivor who wishes to use your own experiences to help others.


    • Fall: July 31
    • Spring: November 30


    Neal Davis Law Firm

    Studying at the University of Texas not only prepared Neal Davis academically, but gave him the opportunity to meet his mentor, Dick DeGuerin. His collegiate experience shaped the lawyer Neal would become. What better way to pay that forward than by creating a scholarship opportunity for others?


    • You must be a U.S. resident or resident alien who is registered at a U.S. college or university.
    • Show that you have read and understand the contest rules by signing the application form and sending us a scanned copy with your signature.
    • Include your original essay for the current scholarship
    • Include a photo of yourself along with a brief bio with your submission.
    • Confirm written materials submitted are unique (not submitted elsewhere), original and your own creation
    • All submissions should be in English.


    • March 31, 2019


    Silverman, McDonald & Friedman

    We are proud to announce the annual Silverman, McDonald & Friedman Educational Scholarship. This yearly scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is dedicated to upholding the rights of the injured. The successful candidate will be enrolled, or have proof of future enrollment, in an accredited college, university or law school for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship can be paid directly to the student’s institution, at his or her request. Scholarship amount: $5000


    • An essay of no more than 500 words about what the civil justice systems means to you;
    • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university or law school;
    • A brief statement about your financial needs.


    • June 2019
  • 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: Jan 10, 2019


    The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship

    A $1,000 award will be given to a student pursuing a health-related degree program. Areas of study that will be considered include, but are not limited to, counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-abuse related field).


    US Citizen or permanent US Resident

    Enrolled or accepted in an accredited college or university and plan to continue enrollment

    Consent to a talent release and be willing to provide a digital photograph and quote for display on Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) website if notified as a winner

    Deadline:  June 30, 2019


    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. 13, 2017
    • Term 2: Oct. 13 - Feb. 13, 2018
  • 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
    Fall: June 15th

  • Ann Rogers Scholarship

    Ann Rogers was the Director of Social Studies for the Texas Education Agency for ten years. She spent her years in that position championing the needs of social studies teachers across the state of Texas. This scholarship was created to honor Ann Rogers and her vision of the teaching of social studies in Texas.


    • For a student teacher, doing his/her student teaching in social studies in the state of Texas.
    • $1,000.00 scholarship paid directly to the student.

    Deadline: TBD


    Raytheon Patriot Scholarship

    Student Veterans of America and Raytheon have partnered to provide two (2) $10,000 scholarships to student veterans demonstrating a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study, as well as demonstrated leadership and engagement within their community. The Raytheon Patriot Scholarship is offered exclusively to U.S. Army veterans, and is named after Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System .


    All successful candidates must:

    • Be a U.S. Army veteran
    • Be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the current academic year
    • Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study
    • Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community
    • Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as demonstrated by a DD 214 and current transcript
    • Have received an honorable discharge; must be a veteran in good standing

    Deadline: April 26th


    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, 2019

  • 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 Women Driving Innovation Scholarship

    Though great strides have been made in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also called STEM, these fields still remain largely dominated by men. At we believe that more women should be encouraged and inspired to work in the STEM fields for Holistic Advancement and Greater Good of our Society.


    1. Be currently studying or planning to study a STEM-related field,
    2. Have a lifestyle and mindset focused on innovation, And
    3. Be able to describe or demonstrate ways you have used innovation to better your own life and the Lives of those around you.
    4. Be currently attending or be accepted into an accredited post-secondary school;
    5. Have a 3.0 GPA; And
    6. Submit a copy of your transcript, complete our online application and submit an essay on one of the topics below.


    • Fall Semester: June 1, 2018
    • Spring Semester: December 1, 2018

    All Women in Media - DFW Scholarship

    In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. Our mission is to utilize the media to create positive change. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the media and allied fields.


    • 1. Candidate must have completed 75 hours of college course work by December 2018.
    • 2. Candidate may be male or female.
    • 3. An overall grade point average of 3.25 or 3.0 in declared major course work is required (based on a 4.0 scale).
    • 4. Candidate must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (carrying a minimum of 12 hours per semester) with a declared major in radio, television, film, public relations, advertising/communications or broadcasting.

    Deadline: March 19, 2019