Financial Aid

First-Year Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to qualified students based on multiple facets presented in their application for admission. 

Important Dates

December 1
Application deadline for Brown Scholar, Dixon Scholar and Garey Scholarship Award consideration.

February 1
Personal interview deadline for Brown, Dixon, and Garey Scholarships.

General Merit Scholarships

Scholarship amounts go up to $28,500 annually. 

Southwestern University considers all students for a merit scholarship through a holistic review process, with emphasis on academic performance, rigor of classes, personal essay, leadership, and extracurricular and volunteer activities.  A visit to campus, legacy connections, United Methodist Church membership, achievement/recognition in national programs, and other elements also help us get to know you better.

For your convenience, your application for admission also serves as your application for our general merit-based scholarships. No extra forms or essays are needed! Merit scholarship notifications are typically sent electronically within 72 hours of a student’s offer of admission, and can be found by visiting the student’s Personal Application Portal .

 

Competitive Scholarships

Amounts vary

Competitive Scholarships offered by Southwestern University are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic excellence. Unlike merit scholarships, where your application for admission is also the scholarship application, competitive scholarships have additional requirements listed below. 

The Brown Scholarship

The Brown Scholarship, (valued at $33,000 per year) 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 an unweighted 4.0 scale.  All candidates must interview by February 1, and finalists must participate in our scholarship event weekend in March.

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

The Bishop Ernest T. Dixon, Jr. Scholarship

The Texas Methodist Foundation, in partnership with Southwestern, administers a competitive supplemental scholarship program to benefit high-achieving African-American, Hispanic/Latina and Native American students. Scholarship amounts are added to the General 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 an unweighted 4.0 scale).  A personal interview with a member of the admission staff is required by February 1, and finalists must participate in our scholarship event in March.

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

The Garey Scholarship

The Garey Scholarship program recognizes academic excellence and awards students up to $5,000 for two high-impact experiences, (e.g., study abroad, internship, collaborative research, civic engagement) during their Southwestern career. Candidates 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 an unweighted 4.0 scale).  All candidates must interview with a member of the admission staff by February 1, and finalists must participate in our scholarship event in March.

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

Sarofim Fine Arts Scholarships 

Amounts vary

Sarofim Scholarships have the additional requirement of an audition or portfolio submission. Students choosing to major in the fine arts are eligible for awards in music (vocal and instrumental), theatre (acting or design) or studio art. Sarofim Awards are awarded by April 1.

Call 512-863-1504 or visit the Sarofim School of Fine Arts  section for requirements, deadlines and general information.

 

Additional Awards

Legacy Scholarship

$1,000 Per Year

Southwestern University is pleased to announce the new Legacy Scholarship, starting in Fall 2019. Legacy students enrolling for their first semester at Southwestern will be eligible for a $1,000 annual scholarship. Southwestern qualifies legacy students as the children, grandchildren, and/or siblings of Southwestern alumni (or current students).

United Methodist Beneficiary Grants 

$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 

$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.