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Scholarships

First-Year Student Merit Scholarships

Southwestern University awards a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate academic excellence regardless of a family’s financial circumstances. The application for admission is also the application for merit scholarships.

Fine Arts Scholarships And Performance Grants

Students are eligible for awards in vocal/instrumental music, theatre and art. Awards are renewable. Audition or portfolio review is required. Contact Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504 for more information.

Transfer Student Merit Scholarships

Southwestern University awards a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate academic excellence regardless of a family’s financial circumstances. About 85% of Transfer Students received some type of financial assistance from Southwestern. The application for admission is also the application for merit scholarships.

Need-Based Scholarships

Gifts from alumni and friends of Southwestern enable the University to offer scholarships to students demonstrating financial need. In cases where financial need is established, any scholarship assistance based on merit or talent will be counted toward meeting that need. Applying for need-based aid requires an annual submission of the FAFSA.

 

General Information

All admitted students are automatically considered for all applicable scholarship programs. All scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need and are renewable annually for up to eight semesters if a minimum GPA, as stated in the award letter, is maintained. When demonstrated financial need is greater than the academic scholarship value, the scholarship will become part of the overall need-based award. Students may take the highest combination of their critical reading and math scores from separate test dates when calculating SAT scores. When an official class rank is provided by the high school, it will be used to determine scholarship eligibility regardless of grade point average. When a high school has a no-rank policy, other factors will be used to determine scholarship eligibility including, but not limited to, grade distribution information for that specific school and/or grade point averages. In all cases, Southwestern reserves the right to recalculate a student’s eligibility for merit scholarships using a consistent, uniform, internal grade point average calculation that may exclude non-academic coursework. When the high school ranks specific segments of their graduating class - such as only ranking the top 10 percent - it will be assumed that an unranked student does not fall into that category for merit consideration regardless of grade point average. A student may receive only one of the following awards: Brown Scholarship, Cody Scholarship, Mood Scholarship, Ruter Scholarship, McKenzie Scholarship, Southwestern Award, University Award, Sarofim Scholar Award. Where a student qualifies for more than one of these awards, that student will receive only the award with the highest dollar amount. Southwestern merit scholarships and grants cannot exceed tuition without the student first establishing financial need.

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY STACKING POLICY

The total amount of Southwestern University-funded merit or need-based scholarships, awards, and/or grants awarded to a student will not exceed the cost of tuition. Institutional need-based grants are subject to adjustment or replacement to accommodate the addition or increase of other Southwestern-funded award(s), up to the cost of tuition.  

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS DISCLOSURE

Any and all Southwestern scholarships and/or need-based aid are awarded based on the availability of funds. It is advisable to apply well in advance of posted deadlines.

NCAA DIVISION III STUDENT-ATHLETE STATEMENT

Southwestern adheres to all NCAA Division III policies, regulations, and guidelines that prohibit the awarding of merit scholarships and financial assistance to student-athletes on the basis of athletic participation or performance. All student-athletes will be evaluated under the same programs and procedures as the general student body in all merit scholarship and financial assistance reviews.

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

Southwestern University’s recruiting of students, awarding of financial aid, and operation of programs and facilities are without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, or any other impermissible factor. Southwestern University’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.