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Donor Spotlight

Celebrating 25 Years: Scholarship Program Reaches Milestone

The Smith-Hutson Scholarship program was established at SHSU in 1996 for incoming freshmen pursuing business degrees. Now reaching its 25-year anniversary, the program has been open to students across all academic colleges since 2014, with a total of 668 awarded Bearkats so far.

by Emily Binetti

Shaping The Future Of Journalism

Scott Morris, a senior mass communications major at SHSU, was selected as the first recipient of the Hal Foster Scholarship Award.

by Emily Binetti

Annual Donor Report 2019-2020

Sam Houston State University celebrates and recognizes the people, who through their tremendous support, have made a valuable commitment to our university.

Heritage Magazine: A Wild Ride To Success

When it comes to rodeo, SHSU has a long history of Bearkats competing and achieving at the top. Meet the legend behind the record of champs, alumnus Sonny Sikes (‘55, ‘57). The Sikes Family Endowed Scholarship he established in 2004 awards students each year competing in rodeo.

by Emily Binetti

Philanthropy Today: Preserving a Family Legacy

Anyone who spends time on campus, knows the name, Estill. In fact, the old Estill Library building still stands and is home to many student services. The Estill family’s connection to the university can be traced back to the establishment of the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1879.

by Emily Binetti

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