Need help logging into Scholarships4kats?
Are you a current student? – Only SHSU students can access Scholarships4Kats
Be sure that you are accessing Scholarships4Kats through the SHSU portal, not through Google or any
other search engine. Go to your MySam account, select the Student tab, then click on the
Students should never have to ‘’login” thanks to the single sign on feature (SSO).
What if my reference has not received the reference request email?
This could possibly be a firewall issue with the school (________ISD). Please have the district’s IT person
contact our office so that we can resolve this issue
If the reference has an alternate email account (@yahoo, gmail etc.) edit the email by removing
the entry and adding a new one with the new email.
Be sure that you have the correct email address, i.e. spelling of their name.
How can I make changes to my application once it is submitted?
The Letters of Recommendation are the only documents/entries that can be edited in regards to the
No other changes can be made to your application after submitting
How do I know what scholarships I qualify for?
Review opportunities on the Scholarships4Kats home page. All of the requirements are listed under each scholarship opportunity.
When do I know if I am receiving any scholarships?
You have excelled at meeting the priority deadline, however, many departments award at later dates.
At this time, we cannot provide a definite date of notification. If you are selected as a recipient, you will
be notified through your SHSU email account.
Scholarship committees are urged to notify recipients by May 1st.
Keep in mind that just because you qualify for a scholarship does not guarantee that you will be
selected. Our scholarship process if very competitive.
Can I still apply for scholarships after the priority deadline has passed?
No. Preference is given to students who meet the priority deadline. We have established this deadline
to allow students the best opportunity for awards by meeting the deadline closest to the majority of the
scholarships offered at SHSU.
Do you offer Summer scholarships?
Summer awards depend on the funds available.
Scholarship applications will be posted on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
If I change my major, how do you know?
In regards to majors, we pull student’s majors through University data. Be sure that when you “change your
major” that you did so with an advisor so that it was changed in the system.
When will the application open for the following year?
The application for the next academic year opens the September prior to the priority deadline for that
If I have scholarships from other organizations, where do I or they send payment?
Cashier’s Office: ATTENTION: Scholarships
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2273
Be sure that the organization knows to include your name and SAM ID on the check as well as indicate
how the funds are to be disbursed (½ in Fall and ½ in Spring or all in one term).
- For more information visit the Cashier's Office.
Where will my scholarship award be sent?
Scholarships awarded to students at Sam Houston State University are applied to the student’s account
through their Banner Self Service. The scholarship funds will apply to the student’s balance due. Any
residual funds will then be issued to the student as a refund.
Refund preferences can be setup through the student’s Bearkat One account. The contact information is
listed on the back of the Bearkat One Card.
I am an entering freshman, what information should I know regarding scholarship opportunities?
You will need to complete your Scholarships4Kats Application by the November 1st priority deadline in
order to qualify for scholarships offered at Sam Houston State University.
Meeting the November 1st priority deadline for Early Freshmen Awards will include you in early awards
such as Annual Fund and University Scholars.
The criteria for University Scholars are:
The criteria for Annual Fund are:
Be in the upper 20% of class
Minimum SAT score of 1200 (reading and math) or minimum of 27 on the ACT
Also, remember to check with your high school counselor on additional scholarship opportunities.
Be in the top 10% of class
Minimum SAT score of 1300 (reading and math) or minimum 30 on the ACT
Do you have any hints to help me be successful in completing Scholarships4Kats?
There are essays within the application. Use a program like Microsoft Word to spell check your essays.
Submit your application well in advance of the deadline to avoid any technical errors.