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Graduate College Scholarships

The Graduate College provides these scholarships to encourage students with intellectual, creative, and leadership promise to complete a master's or doctoral degree at Texas State University.  These scholarships are available for newly admitted and continuing students.  Scholarships are awarded for the academic year and disbursed on a per-semester basis.

The award amount is $1,000 per semester. The scholarship may be awarded for up to three semesters if recommended by the scholarship selection committee and approved by The Graduate College Dean. These scholarships require a minimum enrollment of six semester hours of graduate level courses (5000 or above) and a 3.5 GPA each semester the scholarship is awarded.


November 1: Scholarship application system opens
March 1: Deadline to complete application(s)

If you have not yet been admitted for graduate studies, you must complete the following items by March 1: 

  1. your ApplyTexas application for graduate studies 
  2. your scholarship application (please see below for required items)

If you have already been admitted or are a current student, you must complete the following items by March 1:

  1. your scholarship application (please see below for required items)

We strongly encourage you to start the scholarship application process as early as possible after November 1 to ensure that you will be able to complete your application(s) by March 1. Please note: if you are seeking admission for the spring 2017 term, you will be able to begin the scholarship application process after you are admitted. If you are seeking admission after the spring 2017 term, you will be able to begin the scholarship application process after your ApplyTexas application has been received by our office.

Applicants must have been admitted to a Texas State master’s or doctoral program or have a completed application file.  Applicants who will be first-time graduate students must have a 3.25 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework leading to the bachelor’s degree or an overall graduate degree GPA of 3.5.  Applicants who have completed Texas State graduate-level coursework must have a 3.5 GPA on prior graduate-level course work. Though applicants and students in the College of Applied Arts are ineligible for this scholarship, they can apply for the College of Applied Arts Research Fellowship.


  • A current resume/CV (three pages or less) including name, address, e-mail address, education (degrees or special certifications), professional experience, scholarship awards, special recognitions, articles or presentations, selected community activity, and other information pertinent to the desired degree.
  • An essay of no more than 200 words expressing career objectives and reasons for selecting the graduate major.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters should be from professional individuals familiar with your academic background and ability (including two letters from professors). Note:  Letters of recommendations submitted for previous scholarship or admissions applications will not be transferred to your current scholarship application(s).  However, you can request recommendation letters from the same references through the online scholarship application system which will provide them with submission instructions.

The selection committee from each college will select the best-qualified applicants.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Their past academic achievement (as evidenced by GPA, letters of recommendation, resume/CV, etc.)
  • Their future academic promise (as evidenced by letters of recommendation)
  • Their academic goals (as evidenced by their essay)

A student who does not enroll the semester of the award must inform the Graduate College in writing regarding enrollment plans for future semesters.  Failure to enroll may affect award eligibility for future semesters.

A student who drops a course and falls below the required 6 hours of enrollment must inform the Graduate College Dean in writing.  The Graduate College will send notification of reimbursement procedures and eligibility for future semesters.

A student in his or her final semester must contact the Graduate College Dean in writing to request approval from the Graduate Dean to enroll in fewer than the required 6 hours.  If an enrollment of less than six graduate hours is approved, an adjustment will be made to the award amount.

Students must re-apply for the Graduate College Scholarship each academic year.


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