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Scholarship Information 

As the MHS Counseling Office receives information about specific scholarships via mail or email, they will be posted here. This list will be updated throughout the school year. 

Information on this page is for guidance – please confirm ALL deadlines and requirements for scholarships through the scholarship link.

Students should inform the Counseling Office of ANY scholarship offers they receive.


LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS – Deadline: Mid-March
Application forms will be distributed to seniors mid-February during their economics or government class periods.


How to Apply for a Scholarship

Find more tips, tools, and advice from U.S. News and World Report about locating and applying for scholarships.

The Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Student Loans 101 Course includes 12 videos and 22 lectures to help understand these topics.

 For more information please contact your guidance counselor.


Specific scholarships listed at bottom of page organized in this order:
– By College 
– General Scholarships 
by deadline


Scholarships in Texas


Scholarships by Deadlines - Some of these are for high school students; some are for currently enrolled college students. Keep applying for scholarships to help pay for college expenses.

Scholarships by Major – Accounting, Agriculture, Aviation, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Math, Medical, Nursing, Performing Arts, Science, Social Sciences, Visual Arts, Other Majors

Scholarships/Search Engines:
Families who wish to perform more extensive/exhaustive searches for scholarship opportunities may wish to access these search options:




  • Baylor University – Scholarships page  -  Baylor’s Freshman Scholarship Calculator 
    • Carr P Collins Scholarship – Opens October 18 – Deadline January 31
      Collins Scholars are awarded a minimum of $5,350 their freshman year, renewable for three additional years. Recipients must be residents of Texas who have been admitted to Baylor, be in the top 25% of their graduating class, have a minimum 1310 SAT or 28 ACT, and have completed a balanced college prep high school curriculum. More information is available 
  • Blinn College – Scholarships page
  • East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) – Scholarships page
  • Lamar Institute of Technology – Scholarships page
  • Lamar State College-Orange – Scholarships page
    • High School Scholarship
      Deadline: April 2020
      Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA/4.0 scale and submit a one-page essay of your education goals and a transcript,. Application available in Counselors Office.
    • Ambassador Scholarship
      Deadline: February 2020
      High school seniors who are in the top 25% can earn full tuition and fees for two semesters (one year) up to 15 hours per semester. Ambassadors will network on campus and in the community as well as develop leadership and career skills. Applicants must enroll as a full-time student at LSCO and maintain a 3.0 college GAP, attend training sessions and required monthly meetings, serve about 4 hours a week, and assist with campus tours, community events, recruiting, and special assignments. Information and the application form can be found here.

  • Lamar State College-Port Arthur – Scholarships page
    Scholarship Deadline for graduating high school seniors is April 1.
  • Lamar University – Scholarships page  
    (Submit an application at ApplyTexas.orgOnce admitted, you will receive a username and password by email.)
    Scholarship Opportunities – You will be automatically considered based on your completed General Application.
    • Mirabeau Scholarship Info
      Deadline: – January 1 
      Outstanding incoming freshmen with exceptionally strong academic records are invited to apply. Mirabeau Scholars receive a full scholarship for four years covering tuition, fees, room and board, and books. Applicants should be: first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT (CR + M)  score of 1360 or an ACT score of 29 and a record of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, service and/or creative endeavors. Mirabeau Scholarship applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. To apply for a Mirabeau Scholarship, you should submit a letter of interest that presents a personal statement of your academic goals and intended major, along with a current resume, and three letters of recommendation (two of which must be from your current teachers). 
    • Southeast Texas Legends Scholarship
      Deadline: January 1

      Outstanding incoming freshmen are invited to apply.  SETX Legends Scholars receive a full scholarship for four years covering tuition, fees, room and board, and books.  Applicants should be: first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT (CR+M) score of 1360 or an ACT score of 29 or greater with a record of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, service and/or creative endeavors.  Students must also complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. Southeast Texas Legends applicants must first apply and be accepted for admission to Lamar University. In addition, you must submit a letter of interest that presents a personal statement of your academic goals and intended major, along with a current resume, three letters of recommendation AND complete the FAFSA. More information here.​
    • Cardinal Elite Scholarship
      Deadline: February 1
      Cardinal Elite Scholarships are available to first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT (CR+M) score of 1360 or an ACT score of 29 or greater. The Cardinal Elite award will give students $32,000 over four years: $5,000 per year will be applied toward tuition and $3,000 per year will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.
    • Academic Excellence Scholarship - Tuition
      Deadline: February 1
      Academic Excellence Scholarships are available to first-time-in-college freshmen (dual credit and AP credit are not disqualifying) with a minimum SAT (CR + M)  score of 1220-1350 or an ACT score of 25 AND must be ranked in the Top 25%. The Academic Excellence award will give students $24,000 over four years: $3,000 per year will be applied toward tuition and $3,000 will be applied toward on-campus residence hall.  
    • Smith-Hutson Scholarship 
      Deadline: March 1

      Incoming freshmen with established financial need and academic potential are encouraged to apply for the Smith-Hutson Scholarship.  This scholarship provides a portion of tuition, fees, books, supplies and on- campus room and board. The Smith-Hutson Scholarship Application becomes available on December 1. The application will be complete upon the receipt of (1) completed online application in myScholarships; (2) high school transcript; (3) financial need documentation (Copy of the Student Aid Report from the FAFSA); (4) an essay describing career goals; and (5) two letters of recommendation. More information here.
  • McNeese State University – Scholarships Page
    • McNeese State University Honors College
      Honors College normally requires a 3.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale) and a 27 ACT or a 1210 on SAT. Application should include current HS transcript, three letters of recommendation (two from teachers/counselor or principal), essay. For more info or scholarship application, see counselor. Honors College Scholarship applications will be reviewed starting beginning of December. Early submission is suggested.
    • McNeese Access Award
      Approximately $2,500 per semester (amount of non-resident/out-of-state fee). First-time freshmen may receive a non-resident fee waiver if they meet the following criteria: Minimum ACT of 21 or SAT of 1060, a GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale, and have no need for developmental coursework. This means they will not pay out-of-state fees. Students in band, dance, cheerleaders, choir, rodeo, debate, and art can also receive out-of-state fees waived. More info here.
  • Sam Houston State University – Scholarships Page 
    Scholarships4Kats Priority Date: November 1
    • Terry Foundation Incoming Freshman Scholarship 
      Deadline: January 15; Complete FAFSA by November 1
      Terry Scholars are “well rounded” and “hard working applicants. Criteria areas evenly weighted: (1) record of academic performance as evidenced by grades, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores, (2) demonstrated leadership skills, especially within one’s school and local community, and (3) financial need. Terry Scholars receive a generous scholarship award that covers 6-8 full semesters of tuition, books, and expected on-campus living expenses at SHSU. They also receive specialized mentoring and opportunities to personal and professional development through service activities. Apply for admission to SHSU by January 1 and complete the FAFSA by November 1. Completed application, two letters of recommendation, and official high school transcript must be submitted. More info found here
    • Honors College Elliott T. Bowers Scholarship
      Applications for fall admittance for first-time freshmen are due by March 31
      Each student admitted to the Honors College receives this scholarship and will also be considered for additional academic scholarships including the President’s Scholarship, the University Scholars, and the Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award. More information available here.
  • Southern Methodist University – Scholarships Page
    • Hunt Leadership Scholarship
      Application Deadline: January 15
      Submit application for SMU and submit an online Hunt Leadership Application, including an essay and a YouTube statement. Approximately 60 finalists are invited to interview at SMU in March. About 20-25 first-year students are selected ant notified by first week in April. Students selected receive an annual Hunt Scholarship of $42,000 or $168,000 over four years. They may also be eligible for additional departmental scholarships. The award also covers the airfare and tuition costs for any courses during an international, leadership-based experience immediately following each scholar’s sophomore year. More information about applying here. More information about scholarship here.

  • Stephen F. Austin State University – Scholarships Page     Scholarship Opportunities/Search
    • Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
      Must be admitted by June 30
      The Academic Excellence Scholarship awards $3,000 scholarships to entering freshmen for the upcoming fall semester who meet the eligibility requirements. If specific criteria are met, the scholarship may be renewed for three additional years after the initial award while pursuing the first baccalaureate degree. 
      Requirements: (1) Meet scholarship requirements and receive the offer of admission by June 30 for upcoming fall semester (2) Rank in the top 10% of graduating class OR Rank in the 25% of graduating class and earn 1170 on the newly formatted SAT Test (Math and Evidenced based reading and writing) or 24 on the ACT (not including writing sample score). A formal application for the scholarship is not required as students are considered and evaluated when officially admitted to the university. Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who are admitted to the university by June 30 for the upcoming fall semester and meet all scholarship requirements by that date.
    • Smith-Hutson Scholarship 
      Deadline: February 28
      The Smith-Hutson Scholarship should cover tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses on campus (up to $17,500). Entering freshmen must be Texas residents, be accepted to SFA, demonstrate financial need, provide a personal essay, provide two letters of recommendation, and be available for a personal interview on the SFA campus. Scholarship may be renewed for three additional years. More info here.

  • Texas A&M University – Scholarships Page
    The application for all freshman scholarships is included as part of the ApplyTexas Application or the Coalition Application. Awards include those by the Department of Student Financial Aid, the Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships, the Corps of Cadets, and colleges and departments within Texas A&M University.
    Application Deadline: December 1
    • Core of Cadets – Scholarships Page
    • Brockman Scholars Program
      Deadline: December 1, 2019, at 5 p.m. 
      The Brockman Scholarship is a merit-based full scholarship that covers five years of study on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University. The scholarship supports four years of undergraduate studies in an approved program of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), as well as the one-year MS Business graduate degree program at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.

      Applicants for a Brockman Scholarship must also have applied to an approved program of study at Texas A&M University. That is a separate application process from the Brockman Scholarship application process and is entirely the responsibility of the applicant. Once Texas A&M admissions office confirms that you have applied to study a designated STEM-based degree, your application for a Brockman Scholarship will be considered. Click here for more information.

    • Texas Tech University– Scholarships Page
    • University of Houston – Scholarships Page
    • The University of Texas at Austin – Scholarships Page
      • Texas Exes
        Application Deadline: February 15
        Applicants in their senior year of high school can apply for Texas Exes scholarships using the online scholarship application. Applicants can apply even if they have not yet been admitted to The University of Texas at Austin. By completing the Entering Freshman Application, you will automatically apply for all Texas Exes scholarships for which you qualify—no further action is needed. 
        Please note: Consideration for scholarships administered by the Texas Exes is a separate process from the ApplyTexas admission application. Completing the ApplyTexas application does not automatically qualify a student to be considered for Texas Exes scholarships. There is not an option to apply for Texas Exes scholarships on the ApplyTexas application. The Texas Exes online scholarship application must be completed. 
      • Austin 40 Acres Scholarship
        Application Deadline: November 1
        Forty Acres Scholars Program – The Forty Acres Scholars Program is the premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin. This scholarship program offers a rich college experience that provides academic, leadership, and cultural opportunities within an intimate cohort of fellow scholars.
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS arranged by application deadline:
  • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
    Deadline October 15
    The Youth Awards honor HIspanic high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories, including business & entrepreneurship, community service, education, healthcare & science, media & entertainment, science/technology/engineering/math (STEM). Qualified applicants are Latino high school seniors graduating in the spring/summer of 2020 who maintain an unweighted 3.0 GPA or higher (on 4.0 scale). Must be a U.S. citizen/Permanent Resident/qualify under DACA who is planning to enroll full-time in college Fall 2020.  For more details, visit Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
  • Celebrating Texas Public Schools Scholarship
    Deadline: October 15
    This Scholarship is for graduating seniors who can use their voice and visual media (i.e. video) to share how their public school education has impacted their future. The goal of this Scholarship is to highlight the “Great Things Happening in Texas Public Schools” from the student’s perspective. The Award will be presented at Friends Gala on November 20 in Waco, Texas. Applicants must (1) complete an application (ONLINE) include how the money will be used for the students future/help achieve my goals, include approval to use video/presentation, link for presentation, demographic, upload letter docs. (2) submit a video/multimedia presentation 2 minutes or less, regarding how public schools impacted your life/career choice and prepared you to meet your future goals.  (use your platform of choice and send us a link to video) (3) submit two letters from teachers related to the student’s work in school and (4) submit one letter from a guidance counselor, principal, vice-principal, or superintendent regarding the student’s plans after graduation. Application information found here.

  • National College Resources Foundation
    Deadline: October 21
    Interested juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents submit an essay of 500 words or less about “Why is a College Education Important to Me.” Scholarship Program Guidelines available here. Winners must attend the Black College Expo in Houston on November 2, 2019, to receive their scholarship.
  • Horatio Alger Association
    As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. More information available here.
    • State Scholarships - Deadline: October 25
      The Association has awarded more than $125 million in privately funded need-based scholarships to more than 22,000 young people over the past 31 years in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. State criteria found here.
    • National Scholarship Program - Deadline: October 25
      Awards 106 $25,000 scholarships to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award. National criteria found here.

  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
    Deadline: ​ October 31
    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Each year 150 students are selected to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Detailed requirements and application instructions are available here. Application here.

  • Voice of Democracy (VFW)
    Deadline: October 31
    The Voice of Democracy is open to 9-12 graders. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the Post, District, state, and national level. State winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. More than $2 million in scholarships and incentives is awarded each year. This year’s competition will be writing and recording an audio essay on the 2019-2020 theme of What Makes America Great. The application is available here. More information is available here.

  • 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
    Deadline is November 5
    Are you a middle level or high school student who’s making a difference through volunteering? In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February. More information and the application link available here.
  • Elks National Foundation Scholarships
    • 2020 Most Valuable Student Scholarship
      Deadline: November 5
      The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2020 competition. Open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. College students are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately. Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. More information available here.

    • 2020 Legacy Awards 
      Due online by January 31
      Open to a high school senior who is the child or grandchild of an Elks member. 250 students who exhibit the values of the Elks National Foundation will be awarded a $4,000 scholarship to support their college education. More info available here.


  • Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship
    Application Deadline:  November 13, 2019
    Qualifications – Exceptionally promising high school seniors with demonstrated unmet financial need who intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in Fall 2020 with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above; SAT of 1200 or ACT of 26. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes: (•) Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school (•) Ability to pursue any area of study (•) Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid (•) Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience. This year, the College Scholarship Program application will be submitted using the Common App. You will complete the Common App general requirements, which include things like your contact information, the school you attend and your grades, and your activities and honors. You will also invite your school counselor and two teachers to submit recommendations through the Common App. Once you have created a Common App, add the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation as one of your “schools” to access the requirements that are specific to the College Scholarship. These will include: (•) Eligibility questions, (•) Several short essays, (•) Your college plans and intended major, (•) Financial information, including the last three years’ Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for your household. More information about the scholarship and application process can be located here.
  • AXA Achievement Scholarship
    Application Deadline:  December 15, 2019 or until 10,000 applications are received. Apply early!
    Current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2020-2021 academic year and who demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities should apply. AXA Achievers share these qualities: Ambition and drive; Determination to set and reach goals; Respect for self, family and community; and Ability to succeed in college. For more information and application form, click here.
  • Burger King Scholar
    Application Opens October 15 – Deadline December 15

    Have a strong academic record with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5; be passionate about serving the community; and be a high school senior, BURGER KING® employee, spouse/domestic partner or child of an employee. Full program details and application available here.
  • Texas Farm Credit Scholarship
    Application Deadline: January 6, 2020. More information is available here.
    • Ag Student of the Month – Each of Texas Farm Credit’s 17 branches (one in Beaumont) will recognize two outstanding students per month from March to April. Winners will receive $100 Visa gift cards and will advance to the selection process for the Marsha Martin Scholarship program.
    • Marsha Martin – Texas Farm Credit awards five one-time scholarships for $2,000. Qualified applicants must be seniors who are 4-H or FFA members pursuing an agricultural-related degree (agricultural business, animal science, agricultural economics, etc.).
      In addition to our scholarship programs, the FFA or 4H club in which each Marsha Martin Scholarship recipient is a member of will receive a $500 club contribution on behalf of Texas Farm Credit. 
    • TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) Student Voices Scholarship
      Application Opens October 21 / Deadline: January 15
      Four students will be selected to share personal stories about their experiences in Texas public schools and each will receive a $1,000 scholarship. 
      To be eligible, graduating seniors must commit to attend and participate on the panel in the 2020 Governance Camp on February 28, 2020. Panelists will receive a travel stipend. Application and more information available here.