Smith-Hutson Scholarship

The Smith-Hutson Scholarship is for entering freshmen with established financial need and academic potential who are seeking an undergraduate degree from Lamar University in any major field. Although this is a very substantial scholarship, this is not a full ride. The Smith-Hutson Scholarship typically provides sufficient assistance to cover tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses on campus, but does take into account other scholarships that the student may receive and the student’s and parents’ financial resources. All applicants are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Febuary 1st prior to the semester for which they are applying. All financial aid requirements should be completed as early as possible, but no later than July 1st. Assistance is available through our Financial Aid Office, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10042, Beaumont, TX 77710 or telephone (409) 880-7011.

Smith-Hutson Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee which will include representatives named by the Donor and the Director of Scholarships.
The following criteria will be applied: Applicants must: (1) be a resident of the state of Texas; (2) satisfy admission requirements for Lamar University and have applied or been accepted for admission; (3) demonstrate financial need supported with a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); (4) provide a personal essay describing career goals (maximum two pages double-spaced and one-sided); (5) provide two letters of recommendation from non-family members addressing academic potential and/or financial need (it is preferable that at least one of these letters come from a teacher of English or Mathematics in whose class(es) they were enrolled in the last year), (6) be unmarried with no children, and (7) be available for a personal interview. Applicants who preregister for classes at Lamar University and are then awarded a Smith-Hutson Scholarship must visit with the Undergraduate Advising Center to review their schedules for Fall 2020.
FAFSA must be submitted by February 1st of the year of attendance. Once the FAFSA has been received by the Financial Aid Office, there will be additional documents requested through the student’s Self Service Banner Account. These documents must be completed by July 1 of the year of attendance.

THE APPLICATION and ALL OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION ARE DUE BY: MARCH 1st, 2020!

Award
Varies
Deadline
03/01/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. Smith-Hutson Applicant Questions
    • A. Are you a Texas resident?
    • B. Are you an incoming freshman?
    • C. Have you been accepted to attend Lamar University for Fall 2020?
    • D. Have you completed or do you plan to complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
    • E. Are you unmarried with no children?
    • F. Will you be available for a personal interview, if selected to do so?
    • G. I have read and understand all of the requirements for this scholarship: Smith-Hutson Scholarships are intended for entering freshmen with established financial need and academic potential who are seeking an undergraduate degree from Lamar University. Taking into account other scholarships that the student may receive and the student’s and parents’ financial resources, the Smith-Hutson Scholarship typically provides sufficient assistance to cover tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses on campus. Students remain eligible to receive a Smith-Hutson Scholarship for a maximum of four years of undergraduate studies.
    • H. Please list the first name and last name of your emergency contact.
    • I. Please list the telephone number of your emergency contact.
  2. Smith-Hutson Student High School Information
    • A. What is the name of your high school?
    • B. What date are you expected to graduate high school?
    • C. What is your high school's telephone number?
    • D. What city and state is your high school located in?
  3. For this application, you are required to submit a copy of your most recent high school transcript to the Scholarship Office. What is your preferred method of submitting this requirement?
  4. If you wish to upload your most recent high school transcript, please upload it here.
  5. Extracurricular Activities and Awards:
    • A. Please list your activities & organizations, grades in which you participated, and the highest office or position held. (select help to see example)
    • B. Please list your awards & honors, grades in which received, and description of award. (select help to see example)
    • C. Please list your volunteer work, community involvement, and unpaid internships with a brief description and total number of hours served. (select help to see example)
    • D. Please list any paid employment or paid internships with business name, position title, dates employed, and hours per week. (select help to see example)
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