SHSU Honors Scholarship

HC Scholarships

Sam Houston Honors Scholarship

Incoming freshmen will be given the opportunity to receive the Sam Houston Honors Scholarship. For those who qualify, this competitive Sam Houston Honors Scholarship (distributed over an SHSU undergraduate college career no longer than four years, at a maximum of $40,000) will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Incoming freshmen who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • have demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership
  • have achieved scores of 1350 (SAT) or 30 (ACT)
  • have been accepted to the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College
  • be incoming first-time freshmen (high school graduates with dual or AP credit are eligible)

Scholarship Renewal Requirements: The Sam Houston Honors  Scholarship will renew each academic year (up to eight undergraduate semesters) provided students meet the following:

  • live in the Honors dorms their first year
  • maintain Status One in the Honors College, meeting all requirements for satisfactory academic progress toward graduation “With Highest Honors”
  • maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours) at SHSU each fall and spring semester. NOTE: Scholarship funds will not be awarded if students are enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours. Students who fall below 12 hours during a semester will be put on probation (without scholarship) the following semester
  • maintain a cumulative SHSU GPA of at least 3.25
  • be Honors advised each semester
  • attend 3 qualifying honors events per year
  • enroll in face-to-face courses (cannot be enrolled 100% online)

Scholarship Disbursement Plan:

The scholarship will be awarded per Academic Year (eight fall and spring semesters only) as follows:

Freshman year: $10,000

Sophomore year: $10,000

Junior year: $10,000

Senior year: $10,000

*If the student graduates in fewer than eight semesters, the student will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.

To apply, please email honors@shsu.edu stating your interest in joining Honors. If the student is eligible, they will be sent a personalized link to apply.


Elliott T. Bowers Honors Scholarship

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College offers two $80,000 academic scholarships each fall semester to academically strong and highly motivated incoming first-time freshmen. The Bowers Scholarship was designed, in part, to bring “exceptionally motivated and capable students” into an academic and social environment consisting of their academic peers, while providing them with a means for close interaction with faculty and for enhanced educational opportunities. To facilitate this unique opportunity for qualifying students, the scholarship is intended to help defray the costs of attending college. The Bowers Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to honor Dr. Elliott T. Bowers (1919-2003), who served as the ninth president of Sam Houston State University from 1970 to 1989. 

Eligibility: to be eligible to apply, students must

  • be incoming first-time freshmen (high school graduates with dual or AP credit are eligible)
  • have been accepted to the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College
  • have achieved scores of 1350 (SAT) or 30 (ACT) 
  • have demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership

Scholarship Renewal Requirements: The Bowers Scholarship will renew each academic year (up to eight undergraduate semesters) provided students meet the following:

  • live in the Honors dorms their first year
  • maintain Status One in the Honors College, meeting all requirements for satisfactory academic progress toward graduation “With Highest Honors”
  • maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours) at SHSU each fall and spring semester. NOTE: Scholarship funds will not be awarded if students are enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours. Students who fall below 12 hours during a semester will be put on probation (without scholarship) the following semester
  • maintain a cumulative SHSU GPA of at least 3.25
  • be Honors advised each semester
  • complete the Honors thesis
  • attend 3 qualifying honors events per year
  • enroll in face-to-face courses (cannot be enrolled 100% online)
  • conduct themselves in a professional manner as benefits an Honors student

*If the student graduates in fewer than eight semesters, the student will forfeit any remaining scholarship funds.

To apply, please email honors@shsu.edu stating your interest in joining Honors. If the student is eligible, they will be sent a personalized link to apply.


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The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 202 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email: honors@shsu.edu

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