Scholarships

This is an archived copy of the 2015-2016 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.twu.edu.

Texas Woman's University awards more than 10 million in scholarships annually which includes merit based, departmental, endowed, and need based scholarships.

  • Scholarship applicants must first apply for admission to Texas Woman's University (TWU) through Apply Texas .
  • Applicants must create a Pioneer Portal account before applying to the TWU Online Scholarship Application System .  Sign in using your pioneer portal login and password.
  • Priority deadline is March 15th deadline for fall and spring semester. The online system will help you identify scholarships for which you are eligible to apply.
  • Complete the general application and submit to be auto-matched for new student scholarships.
  • After the general application is complete, press the "opportunities" button and review "recommended opportunities".  These are scholarships you must manually apply for in the system.  The TWU Scholarship Committee is wholly responsible for the selection of the new and continuing scholarship recipients.
  • Scholarships will be discontinued any time a recipient withdraws from TWU or fails to meet requirements regarding academic progress, or attends less than full-time each term.
  • Scholarship offers are subject to timely acceptance in the scholarship system and your financial aid office, found in the portal account.

Eligibility

To be considered for scholarships, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have all required admission applications and academic transcripts in the TWU Admission's Office or Graduate Admission's Office by the application deadline.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum of 12 hours for undergraduate and graduate students and 9 hours for part-time graduate students or graduate assistants).

Eligibility Exception

  • You are graduating at the end of the semester of the award
  • Your degree program requires less than full-time enrollment (Example: Clinicals, student teaching, thesis, dissertation, or professional paper)
  • The scholarship description permits part-time enrollment.

Award Notifications

  • All award notifications are sent to your TWU email account
  • The awards must be accepted online, then the funds will be transmitted to your account
  • Scholarship awards are made in the Fall and Spring semester only

Scholarships Available to both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Entering International Student Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to new entering undergraduate or graduate international students.  Awards are $2,000.00 per year and can be automatically renewed for up to four years for undergraduate, two years for Master students and three years for Doctoral students. These scholarships will be renewed as long as the student maintains immigration status and is enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate).  They must also maintain a 3.0 grade point average for undergraduate, 3.2 grade point average for Masters and Doctoral students. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of cumulative grade point average and academic discipline.

Departmental Scholarships

There are hundreds of endowment scholarships that are awarded each year. Each academic department and the TWU Alumni foundation has scholarship funds available to award. Departmental awards are selected through the TWU Online Scholarship application. After applying for admission to the university, each student must complete the TWU online application prior to the March 15 deadline to be considered. The online system will help you identify scholarships to which  you most closely match the criteria and eligibility requirements.

First-Time-In-College Scholarships

Terry Foundation Scholarship

Terry Scholarships are available to selected entering first-time-in-college students annually. Specific eligibility requirements and the application deadlines can be found at http://www.twu.edu/terry-scholarships/default.asp

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based organization founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer students for attendance at public universities within the state. Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted hundreds of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders’ goal of helping young people to help themselves.

This first-time-in-college scholarship provides up to full tuition, fees, room and board on campus, books and supplies. This scholarship is renewable for four years. Recipients must live on campus (at least the first year), maintaining full-time enrollment, maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, file the FASFA application each year, write to the Terry Foundation a self-evaluation letter each year and attend all functions sponsored by the Terry Foundation.

Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory fees (excluding room and board) and a book stipend for up to four years. Recipients are chosen from the new applicant pool. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in order to continue the award.

TWU Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is available to entering first-time-in-college students who are Valedictorian or Salutatorian of an accredited high school class. This scholarship pays full tuition and mandatory fees, excluding room, board and books, for up to four years. Recipients are selected from the scholarship applicant pool. Recipients must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to continue the scholarship.

TWU Honors Scholarship

This scholarship provides $5,500 per academic year and is renewable for up to four years. Recipients are chosen from among the Honors Scholars Program applicant pool. (Visit the Honors Scholars Program page for more information).

First-Time-In-College Student Scholarship

Awards for this scholarship range from $1,200 to $3,000 per year and may be continued for up to four years. Entering first-time-in-college and transfer students with less than 13 semester credit hours (excluding dual semester credit hours) may apply. This scholarship is awarded to applicants based on the combination of high school grade point average, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores.

TWU Undergraduate Scholars Program

The TWU Scholars Program scholarships are awarded from endowed funds and/or gifts donated to the University. Recipients are selected from the scholarship applicant pool. Awards are based on high school grade point average, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. An interview may be required.

Ann Stuart, PhD. and Ray R. Poliakoff Scholarship

The Ann Stuart, PhD. and Ray R. Poliakoff Scholarship was established by Dr. Ann Stuart, Chancellor and President of Texas Woman’s University, to provide scholarship funds for first time, full-time, undergraduate students who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. This scholarship is $3,000 per year and eligible recipients may continue on this scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Boenker Scholars

The Ima Jean Boenker Scholarship was established through the estate plans of Ms. Boenker, a former faculty member. The scholarship provides $3,000 per year for a first-time-in-college and transfer student majoring in Nutrition and Food Sciences. Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Deiker Scholars

The Helen Haddix Deiker and Robert W. Deiker Endowment Fund was established in the TWU Foundation by Helen Haddix Deiker, who attended Texas Woman’s University in the early 1940’s. Mrs. Deiker volunteered extensively for the TWU Former Students Association, receiving the Alumni Service Award in 1988. This Scholarship provides $3,000 per year. Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Dobbs Leadership Scholars

The TWU Leadership Scholarship was created for entering students with a strong record of previous leadership in order to provide an opportunity to continue and expand leadership potential at TWU. Scholarships are awarded to first-time-in-college students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills during high school through activities such as community service, clubs, team competitions and activities. This scholarship provides $1500 per year. Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years

Forbes Scholars

The Donald and Judith Forbes Scholarship was established to provide a full tuition and fees scholarship for an outstanding new entering, first-time-in-college student with exceptional academic standing, record of leadership and involvement as well as financial needs. This scholarship has an estimated value of approximately $8,000 per year.  Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Helen B. Miniter Scholars

Helen B. Miniter Scholarship was established by John J. Miniter, Ph.D. in honor of his beloved wife, Helen to provide scholarships for students with financial need with a preference being given to Native American Indians and African-Americans. This scholarship requires a 3.0 GPA and will provide 10,000 per year. Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years. 

Muesse Scholars

The Dennis and Mary Muesse Scholarship was established through the estate of Mary Muesse to provide scholarships for first time in college students accepted into the Assured Admissions Program in Nursing.  Mrs. Muesse was an alumna of the TWU Nursing program.  This scholarship will provide $3,000 per year.  Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Parks Scholars

The Leta C. Parks Scholarship was established by a generous donation from the estate of Leta C. Parks to create scholarships for TWU Nursing students. The Leta C. Parks Scholars receive $2,000 per year. Eligible recipients may continue on this scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Penshorn Scholars

The Dorothy Ehlinger Penhorn Scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Dorothy Ehlinger Penshorn, a TWU alumna, and her husband Edward. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year.  Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years

Rayzor Scholars

The Rayzor Scholarship was established through a gift of property from the estate of Eugina Rayzor. A significant portion of the gift is used for student scholarships. This Scholarship provides $3000 per year. Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Reitch Scholars

The Mary Bryan and Tom C. Reitch Scholarship Trust Fund was made possible by the generous donation of the estate of Mary Bryan Reitch, a TWU alumna, and her husband Tom. Reitch Scholars receive $3,000 per year.  Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Thayer Scholars

The Thayer Scholarship Fund was established by a bequest from Rebecca Thayer who graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1927 and was very active in Debate and Drama. This scholarship was established to provide scholarships to Texas Woman’s University students with preference given to students to whom financial aid is necessary to further higher education. This scholarship provides $1,500 per year. Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Thompson Scholars

The Joyce Thompson scholarship was established by Dr. Phyllis Bridges in memory of Dr. Thompson, a former TWU faculty member, to support scholarships for Drama and English students based on academic achievement. These scholarships will range from $1,500 - $3,000 per year.  Eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of four years.

New International Undergraduate Student Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to new entering undergraduate or graduate international students. Awards are $2,000 per year for up to four years for undergraduates, up to two years for master’s students or up to three years for doctoral students. Renewal eligibility is reviewed annually by the scholarship committees.

Entering Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships

Terry Transfer Scholarship

Terry Scholarships are available to new entering transfer students annually. Specific eligibility requirements and the application deadline can be found at http://www.twu.edu/terry-scholarships/default.asp

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based organization founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer students for attendance at public universities within the state. Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted hundreds of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders' goal of helping young people to help themselves.

The transfer scholarship provides $13,000 annually and is renewable for up to three academic years or until graduation.  Recipients must maintain full-time enrollment, maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, file the FAFSA application each year, write to the Terry Foundation a self-evaluation letter each year and attend all functions sponsored by the Terry Foundation.

New Transfer Student Scholarship

Undergraduate students transferring to TWU from accredited community colleges or four-year universities with at least 13 semester credit hours may apply for this scholarship. Awards are at least $2,000 per year for up to three years or completion of the bachelor’s degree whichever is shorter. This scholarship is awarded based on a combination of cumulative grade point average and the number of semester credit hours transferred to TWU. Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Undergraduate students transferring to TWU for the fall semester who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa in good standing may apply for this scholarship. Documentation of membership must be submitted to scholarships@twu.edu  Full time enrollment and a 3.5 grade point average. This award is for up to two years or completion of the bachelor’s degree whichever is shorter. Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for this scholarship.

TWU Honors Touchstone Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for undergraduate students transferring to TWU,  enroll full-time with a 3.3 grade point average. Recipients must maintain progress toward completing Honors requirements with an average of 6 hours per year.  Awards are $1,000 per year for up to two years if all criteria continues to be met.

Woolf Scholars

The Woolf Scholarship was established by the Woolf Foundation that was established by Mr. and Mrs. Woolf.  Mrs. Woolf was a graduate of TWU in 1937.  This scholarship is for new transfer students or rising seniors majoring in Social Work, with high academic credentials, leadership potential and financial need.  This scholarship provides $8,000 per year and eligible recipients may continue on scholarship for a maximum of two years.

Other Scholarships for New and Returning Undergraduate Students

Mary Bryan and Tom C. Reitch Scholarship

These scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 per year are available to new entering undergraduate and graduate students and to current TWU students who have completed at least 24 semester credit hours. Awards are made based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need. Recipients must reapply each year in order to continue the scholarship.

TWU General Academic Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need. Full-time enrollment is required. Recipients are selected from the pool of applicants for financial aid.

Top 10% Scholarship

TWU participates in the Texas Top 10% Scholarship program for graduates of Texas high schools who are ranked in the top 10% of the graduating class. When funded by the Texas Legislature these scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need. For full information on this scholarship visit www.twu.edu/scholarships .

Departmental Scholarships

Hundreds of endowed and donor gifted scholarships are awarded each year. Most academic departments and alumni groups have scholarship funds available. Department awards are selected from applications made through the TWU online scholarship system prior to the March 15 deadline for fall semester or November 15 for spring semester. Awards are predominately made based on academic achievement and major.

Additional scholarship information is available on the TWU website at www.twu.edu/scholarships .

Top 10% Scholarship

TWU participates in the Texas Top 10% Scholarship program for graduates of Texas high schools who are ranked in the top 10% of the graduating class. When funded by the Texas Legislature these scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need. For full information on this scholarship visit www.twu.edu/scholarships .

This need based scholarship is awarded to students who met the following criteria:

  • have graduated from an accredited high school in Texas while ranked in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class (based on the student's ranking at the end of his or her seventh semester unless an institution of higher education uses a different semester in determining eligibility for admissions),
  • have completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Program in an accredited high school or its equivalent,
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15th,
  • have unmet financial need when using the formula "Cost of Attendance minus EFC minus Pell Grants,"
  • enroll in an institution of higher education in Texas the fall semester immediately following high school graduation,
  • are a Texas resident, and
  • are enrolled full-time.

Award amounts through this program may not exceed $600. If funds are available, students may receive continuation awards if they meet the following:

  • complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, as determined by institutional policies,
  • complete at least 30 semester credit hours in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, and
  • maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent for all coursework completed at his or her current institution of higher education.

A recipient who does not meet the academic progress requirements of his or her institution may not receive an award until the institution has determined that the student has raised his or her academic performance and program requirements have been met.

For students with declared majors in shortage area at the end of the sophomore and junior year, each recipient of the Top 10 Percent Scholarship must meet the following progress requirements to qualify for a subsequent award if funds are available.

  • complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, as determined by institutional policies,
  • complete at least 30 semester hours in his or her most recent twelve-month academic year, and
  • maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent for all coursework completed at his or her current institution of higher education.

A recipient who does not meet the academic progress requirement may not receive an award until the institution has determined by the student has raised his or her academic performance and program requirements have been met.

A recipient who is below program grade-point average requirements as of the end of a spring or summer term may appeal his or her grade-point average calculation if he or she has taken courses previously at one or more different institutions.  In the case of  an appeal, the current institution (if presented with transcripts from the previous institutions) will calculate an overall grade-point average, counting all classes and grade points previously earned.  If the resulting grade-point average exceeds the program's academic progress requirement, a student may receive an award in the following fall term.

Unless granted a hardship postponement in accordance with Program rules, a student's eligibility for a Top 10 Percent Scholarship award ends four years from the start of the semester or term in which the student received his or her first disbursement of an initial Top 10 Percent award.
In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the program officer at an eligible institution may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a Top 10 Percent Scholarship award while the student's grade-point average or completion rate or number of completed hours falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements of Subsection 22.201(a) or (b) of this Section.  Such conditions are not limited to, but include:

  • a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's academic performance,
  • an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student's provision of care may affect his or her academic performance, or
  • the requirement of fewer than twelve hours to complete one's degree plan.