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Many nonprofit and private organizations offer scholarships to help pay for college. You must be an accepted student at SHSU to apply for scholarships. To review your scholarship eligibility, you must complete the general application in the Scholarships4Kats portal. After you complete your profile, you are automatically considered for all relevant scholarships.

Smith-Hutson Scholarship

Students awarded Smith-Hutson Scholarships may receive financial support up to a maximum of $18,500 per academic year for up to four years for incoming freshmen (Texas residents only) and two years for transfer students. Smith-Hutson Scholars also benefit from tutorial support, academic advising, mentoring, and professional development advising.

Employee Dependent Student Scholarship


The Sam Houston State Employee Dependent Scholarship Program provides undergraduate tuition scholarship assistance to the eligible dependent children and spouse of full-time, benefit eligible employees.

Bearkat Transfer Scholarship

SHSU automatically offers the Bearkat Transfer Scholarship to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. Awarded amount is based on student’s transfer GPA. No application necessary.

The General Graduate School Scholarship

The General Graduate School Scholarship welcomes new and current graduate students to apply fall, spring and summer. The scholarship is valued at $1000 and the application can be found on Scholarships4Kats portal.


Graduate, teaching, and research assistantships are available in most departments. If awarded, you may qualify for in-state tuition and other benefits. Contact your program advisor for availability information.

Travel/Research Funding

Research funds may be used to purchase necessary equipment, software, or datasets needed to complete a project. Awardees may receive up to $1,000 in graduate student funding per academic year.