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Explore Scholarship Opportunities

To help you pay for your degree, a variety of scholarship opportunities are available at A&M-Commerce including institutional scholarships, outside scholarships and state-funded scholarships.

A&M-Commerce Scholarships – Freshman

A&M-Commerce Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, volunteer services, employment and financial need.

Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage and assist students in pursuing their studies, research and other goals.

Scholarship opportunities vary according to your classification at A&M-Commerce, so please ensure you view the information that applies to you.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree are not eligible to apply for A&M-Commerce scholarships.

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A&M-Commerce Scholarships – Transfer

A&M-Commerce Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, volunteer services, employment and financial need.

Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage and assist students in pursuing their studies, research and other goals.

Scholarship opportunities vary according to your classification at A&M-Commerce, so please ensure you view the information that applies to you.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree are not eligible to apply for A&M-Commerce scholarships.

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A&M-Commerce Scholarships – Graduate

A&M-Commerce Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, volunteer services, employment and financial need.

Scholarships are designed to reward, encourage and assist students in pursuing their studies, research and other goals.

Scholarship opportunities vary according to your classification at A&M-Commerce, so please ensure you view the information that applies to you.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree are not eligible to apply for A&M-Commerce scholarships.

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A&M-Commerce Scholarship Finder

Use the A&M-Commerce Scholarship Finder to see which scholarships opportunities apply to you!

Login to the Scholarship Portal to search all scholarships.

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General Scholarship Application

Applying for general and departmental scholarship opportunities starts by completing our General Scholarship Application.

Accessing the Scholarship Portal

The 2020-2021 scholarship application cycle for general and departmental scholarships begins October 1, 2019. The priority deadline is October 31, 2019. After applying be sure to check the portal frequently for any new opportunities that may have opened up. Please be aware that the portal for the 2019-2020 academic year is closed.

First-time Applicants

Log in to myLeo and click on the APPS tab.

Next, click on Scholarships.

Since you are a first-time applicant, click the “Sign-Up” button located on the upper, right corner of the page.

Your LeoMail university email address and a user created password is required to set up the account.

A confirmation email will be sent to your LeoMail account, and you will need to click the link in the email in order to access the portal for the first time.

Returning Users

Log in to myLeo and click on the APPS tab.

Next, click on Scholarships.

Since you have accessed the portal before, click the “Sign-In” button located on the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Use your LeoMail university email address and your previously created password to sign in.

Should you forget your password, click “Trouble Signing In” to enter your LeoMail email address, and then click “Recover Password”. A password reset email will be sent to you.

General Scholarship Application

How to Apply

When you first sign in to the Scholarship Portal, you will be in the General Scholarship Application. This application lets you apply for departmental and general scholarships. We will use this information to match you with scholarship opportunities. You will need to fill in all the questions. If any information is missing, you will be prompted to complete the missing information before you are able to submit the application.

Please make sure to pay close attention to the questions asked. There may be options that require selections such as “Other” or “Not Applicable.” For example, if the high school you attended is not shown in the “High School Name” section, you will select “Other,” and will need to respond to the following statement, “If you chose ‘Other’ for High School Name, please specify.”

On the General Scholarship Application, you will also see an Applicant Record tab. The applicant information comes from our student information system. If you find that the information is incorrect, please e-mail [email protected] so that we can advise you on how to correct this information.

Once you have completely filled out the application, you will select “Finish” and “Continue.” You also have the option to save the application without submitting until you are completely finished. You may do this by clicking on “Save and Keep Editing.”

Opportunities

Navigate to “Opportunities” then “Recommended.” The list of recommended opportunities shown is comprised of scholarships that will require you to answer additional questions, provide additional information or provide an essay.

In order for you to determine what information you need to submit for a particular scholarship, click on the “Apply” button next to the scholarship you would like to review. After completing the required information, you will click on “Finish and Submit.” Please note: This process will need to be repeated for each recommended scholarship for which you would like to be considered.

You will also notice the “All” tab on the “Opportunities” section. These are all of the scholarships available. Do not apply to any other scholarships listed on this tab. You should only apply to those scholarships on the “Recommended” tab.

Applications

On the “My Applications” tab you will see the scholarships that have been automatically matched with your information provided on the General Scholarship Application. You are automatically considered for these scholarships. No further action is required for these particular scholarships.

As you complete the additional information required for your recommended opportunities, those scholarships will appear in the “Current” section. Each scholarship will appear as a box, with the status in the top right corner.

You may also log in to view updates regarding your application status for various scholarship opportunities in the “Current” section during the application review process.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify applicants via their LeoMail account if a scholarship offer has been made.

Deadlines

The priority deadline to apply for most university departmental scholarships for the upcoming academic year is October 31. Departmental scholarships with remaining funds to award after the review of the applications by the priority deadline may be reopened for additional applications on a rolling basis until all funds have been committed.

Some endowment and general scholarships have rolling deadlines past the priority deadline.

As new scholarship opportunities are added regularly, please continue to log in to the Scholarship Portal for any new scholarship opportunities that may become available.

References

Some recommended opportunities may require references. On the “Home” tab, you will see a tab titled, “Manage References.” When you add someone as a reference, we will contact them with instructions on how to upload their reference letter to complete the reference. You will see the status here. You may come back to this location to add additional references, if necessary.

It is suggested that you ask a reference for permission to use them as a reference. Once you have applied, let them know to expect an email with instructions. This will assist with the timely completion of your reference.

If you have additional questions regarding the Scholarship Portal or the General Scholarship Application, please email [email protected].

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Transfer Students – Consider Your Financial Aid Options

We understand that college is a significant financial investment. You will find that A&M-Commerce is one of the most affordable universities in North Texas. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

Continue your journey to a successful future with help from scholarships and financial aid.

Scholarships:

As funding is available, you can apply for:

  • Institutional scholarships
  • Outside scholarships
  • State-funded scholarships.
  • We offer scholarship programs that ensure each student, international or out of state resident who receives a competitive academic scholarship of at least $1000, will receive an out of state tuition waiver. Students who begin in the spring semester, may not qualify for this tuition waiver. Funding is limited, so do not delay. You must be admitted and meet criteria to be considered for these and other scholarships.

Financial Aid:

Students interested in applying for financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students who are not able to complete the FAFSA due to their immigration status may be able to file the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

School code: 003565

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A&M-Commerce Pledge Program

The A&M-Commerce Pledge program helps you move from high school to college by providing tuition assistance and support.

Tuition Assistance

This program will pay the remaining balance on any tuition not covered by other financial assistance if you meet specific qualifications.

Specifically, the program covers the remaining tuition balance-for 15 or more credit hours each fall and spring semester for up to eight semesters for freshmen-that is not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits and/or waiver programs received by the student.

Criteria for Free Tuition

  • Officially admitted to A&M-Commerce and pursuing a first baccalaureate degree
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between 0 and $5,576 and Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $50,000 or less
  • Texas resident for tuition purposes
  • Enrolled for a minimum of 15 hours/long semester
  • Classified as a freshman and enrolled immediately following high school graduation
  • 2.5 or greater institutional GPA and maintain 2.5 institutional GPA for the continuation of eligibility

Support

Rely on guidance and helping hands from advisors, mentors and faculty who care about your success.

Deadlines and Other Details

You must have a completed FAFSA/TASFA on file by May 15, meet the deadlines in subsequent semesters for renewal purposes and meet renewal requirements.

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Rising Lion Program – New for 2020

Jump start your college career!

Five-week program for first-time, full-time freshmen!

Program sign-up deadlines:

Priority: Dec. 1, 2019

Regular: Feb. 29, 2020

The Rising Lion Program helps ease your transition from high school to college by providing:

  • Job Opportunities: Receive job opportunities just for Rising Lion participants prior to the start of the school year.
  • Housing Choices: Choose your residence hall room for the entire year.
  • Free Textbooks: Receive a voucher to pay for textbooks for the first six college credit hours of the summer term.
  • A Head Start: Begin taking college classes during the summer term (July). Complete two classes for a total of six credit hours.
  • Support: Rely on guidance from advisors, mentors and faculty who care about your success.
  • Engagement: Meet new friends, join student organizations and get comfortable before the start of the fall semester.
  • Tuition Assistance: Tuition assistance is available if you meet specific qualifications.[1]

Tuition Assistance Criteria:

  • Officially admitted to A&M-Commerce and pursuing a first baccalaureate degree
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5,576 and Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $50,000 or less
  • Texas resident for tuition purposes
  • Enrolled for a minimum of 15 hours/long semester
  • Classified as a freshman and enrolled immediately following high school graduation
  • 2.5 or greater institutional GPA and maintain 2.5 institutional GPA for continuation of eligibility

Tuition Assistance Deadlines:

Must have a completed FAFSA/TASFA on file by January 15 and meet the deadlines in subsequent semesters for renewal purposes.

Find freshman scholarships at

tamuc.edu/scholarships

Find out more!

[email protected]


[1] Rising Lion Program covers the remaining balance on any tuition for the first term that is not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits and /or waiver programs received by the student.

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PRIDE PROMISE TUITION PROGRAMS

The next step in college affordability

Program and Admission Requirements

The Pride Promise* PLUS pays the balance of your tuition not covered by other financial aid/scholarships and includes a $100/year book voucher.

  • Admission Requirement: 3.0 or greater institutional GPA and maintain 3.0 institutional GPA for continuation of eligibility

The Pride Promise* pays the balance of your tuition not covered by other financial aid/scholarships.

  • Admission Requirement: 2.5 or greater institutional GPA and maintain 2.5 institutional GPA for continuation of eligibility

Criteria for Free Tuition

  • Officially admitted to A&M-Commerce and pursuing a first baccalaureate degree
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between 0 and $5,576 and Family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) $50,000 or less
  • Texas Resident for tuition purposesEnrolled for a minimum of 15 hours/semester
  • New transfers
  • Freshmen who enroll in the first semester (fall or spring) immediately following high school graduation

Deadlines and Other Details

  • Must have a completed FAFSA/TASFA on file by January 15 and meet the deadlines in subsequent semesters for renewal purposes
  • Student is eligible for Pride Promise for up to four semesters for transfer students and up to eight semesters for freshmen (not including summer sessions).

A&M-Commerce is a Dallas County Promise Partner and participant in the Dallas County Promise Program.

* Price comparison is based off 2017-2018. Current rates may vary.
Pride Promise and Pride Promise Plus cover the remaining balance on any tuition for 15 or more credit hours each Fall and Spring semester for up to four semesters for transfer students and up to eight semesters for freshmen (not including summer sessions) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits and/or waiver programs received by the student.

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Dallas County Promise Scholarship

Dallas County Promise Scholarship

The Dallas County Promise Scholarship at Texas A&M University-Commerce is awarded in partnership with the Dallas County Promise program to provide a college education to students graduating from eligible high schools in Dallas County.

The Scholarship:

  • Pays the balance of your tuition not covered by other financial aid/scholarships.[1]
  • Includes a $500 incentive to be used toward your student fees, like room and board.[2]

Requirements Freshmen Transfer tabs

Requirements

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Transfer REQUIREMENTS Dallas County Promise Scholarship

  • Graduate from a participating Dallas County Promise high school
  • Maintain Dallas County Promise eligibility requirements at Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)
  • Enroll at A&M-Commerce for the fall or spring semester after graduation from DCCCD with a transferable associate degree (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching)
  • Start classes the semester after associate degree completion
  • Transfer to A&M-Commerce with a minimum 2.0 GPA

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Freshmen REQUIREMENTS Dallas County Promise Scholarship

  • Meet Dallas County Promise eligibility requirements and deadlines.
  • Graduate from a participating Dallas County Promise high school in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Be a Texas resident for tuition purposes
  • Submit financial aid application to A&M-Commerce by January 15, 2020.
  • Submit admissions application to A&M-Commerce by July 31, 2020.
  • Register to attend orientation at A&M-Commerce by July 31, 2020.

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[1] Dallas County Promise Scholarship covers the remaining balance on any tuition for 15 or more credit hours each fall and spring semester for up to four semesters for transfer students and up to eight semesters for freshmen (not including summer sessions) that are not covered by other grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits and/or waiver programs received by the student.

[2] The $500 incentive may only be used one time (fall semester) and is available to students with or without an associate’s degree directly after high school graduation.

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FRESHMAN STUDENT ACCESS AND SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIPS

Incoming freshman students are automatically reviewed for scholarships based on exemplary class rank from high school. The automatic review process does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited. These scholarships only apply to the Fall and Spring semesters. Offer notifications are sent via student university email accounts and must be accepted within 14 days in MyLeo. Scholarships not accepted within 14 days of being offered will be canceled. The level of scholarship offered is based on the student’s class ranking on record with our Admissions Office at the time the scholarship is offered.

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following eligibility requirements will be used to determine which Freshman Student Access and Success Scholarship may be offered:

SCHOLARSHIPRANKAWARD
PresidentialTop 1-10%$2,750 per year
Blue & GoldTop 11-25%$1,250 per year

*Students admitted in the Program for System Admission (PSA) program are not eligible for these university scholarships. A student opting out of the PSA program within one year of attending Texas A&M University-Commerce as an incoming freshman student, may be reconsidered for the scholarship if funding is available. In order to opt out of the PSA program, you should contact [email protected].

If a student opts out of the PSA program, funding must still be available, and the following applies:

PSA students who decide to opt out of the PSA program prior to the 1st day of Fall will be considered for the Freshman Access and Success Scholarship based on their class ranking. Therefore, the scholarship will be valid starting in the Fall and continuing for 7 more semesters as long as renewal eligibility requirements are met.

PSA students that opt out of the PSA program after the start of the Fall semester will not be considered for the Freshman Access and Success Scholarship until they have attempted and completed 15 credit hours and have the required GPA for the Fall semester. The scholarship, based on the student’s class ranking, will be valid starting with the Spring semester and continuing for 6 more semesters as long as all renewal requirements are met.

RENEWAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 semester and institutional cumulative GPA
  • Successfully enroll and complete a minimum of 15 Texas A&M-Commerce credit hours** each Fall/Spring semester and 30 Texas A&M-Commerce credit hours** each academic year
  • Have no break in enrollment or eligibility

Note: Funds will not disburse unless student is enrolled in the required credit hours for the semester. Undergraduate students who are unable to meet the enrollment requirements due to limits set by their academic program, graduation, course offerings, approved disability accommodations or other circumstances beyond the student’s control may submit a Scholarship Enrollment Exception Certification Form for consideration. The form can be found at: General Forms

** Credit hours completed at other institutions do not count toward the credit hour requirements for the scholarship.

PROBATION AND SUSPENSION OF SCHOLARSHIP

The first time a student fails to meet either the credit hour or the GPA requirement for the Freshman Scholarship will result in probation for the next semester of enrollment. A notification will be sent to the student’s university e-mail account. The student will still be eligible to receive the Freshman Scholarship during the probation semester, provided the student is meeting credit hour requirements. After the probation semester, the student will have to meet both the GPA and credit hour requirements each semester or the Freshman Scholarship will be suspended.

APPEALS FOR REINSTATEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP

In cases of extenuating circumstances, a student may appeal for reinstatement of a suspended scholarship. Supporting documentation is required. Examples of extenuating circumstances include: serious illness or injury, death of an immediate family member, divorce, employment issues, etc.. The Scholarship Standards of Progress Appeal form can be accessed on our website at: Appeal Forms

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MANE FRESHMEN ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Incoming freshman students are automatically reviewed for scholarships based on college-level credit hours earned through a dual credit program during high school. The automatic review process does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited. Eligibility for a Mane Freshman Achievement Scholarship is based on number of dual credit hours earned and the GPA for those dual credit hours. Students who are Phi Theta Kappa members need to have a copy of their Phi Theta Kappa membership certificate on file with the Admissions Office. These scholarships only apply to the Fall and Spring semesters. Offer notifications are sent via student university email accounts and must be accepted within 14 days in MyLeo. Scholarships not accepted within 14 days of being offered will be canceled. The level of scholarship offered is based on the student’s dual credit hours on record with our Admission’s Office at the time the scholarship is offered.

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following eligibility requirements will be used to determine which Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarship will be offered:

Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarships

RequirementsMane Tier and AmountDuration
Entering with 60 earned credit hours or more OR an Associate’s degree; Minimum GPA of 3.0 in dual credit courseworkMane 1 – $4,000 per year/$2,000 per semesterUp to 4 long semesters or graduation (whichever comes first)
Entering with 31-59 earned credit hours; Minimum GPA of 3.0 in dual credit courseworkMane 2 – $2,500 per year/$1,250 per semesterUp to 4 long semesters or graduation (whichever comes first)
Entering with 30 earned credit hours; Minimum GPA of 3.0 in dual credit courseworkMane 3 – $1,000 per year/$500 per semesterUp to 6 long semesters or graduation (whichever comes first)

Additional Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for 1st Time Entering Freshmen

RequirementsAmountDuration
1st time entering freshmen who are members of Phi Theta Kappa and enter with a minimum of 30 earned dual credit hours. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in dual credit courseworkAdditional $1,000 per year/$500 per semesterUp to 4 long semesters or graduation (whichever comes first)

RENEWAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 semester and institutional cumulative GPA
  • Successfully enroll and complete a minimum of 15 Texas A&M-Commerce credit hours each Fall/Spring semester and 30 Texas A&M-Commerce credit hours each academic year
  • Have no break in enrollment or eligibility

Note: Funds will not disburse unless student is enrolled in the required credit hours for the semester. Undergraduate students who are unable to meet the enrollment requirements due to limits set by their academic program, graduation, course offerings, approved disability accommodations or other circumstances beyond the student’s control may submit a Scholarship Enrollment Exception Certification Form for consideration. The form can be found at: Scholarship Enrollment Exception Form

PROBATION AND SUSPENSION OF SCHOLARSHIP

The first time a student fails to meet either the credit hour or the GPA requirement for the Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarship will result in probation for the next semester of enrollment. A notification will be sent to the student’s university e-mail account. The student will still be eligible to receive the Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarship during the probation semester, provided the student is meeting credit hour requirements. After the probation semester, the student will have to meet both the GPA and credit hour requirements each semester or the Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarship will be suspended.

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PRIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

Pride Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with identified financial need, but no Pell Grant eligibility. Students fully admitted to Texas A&M University-Commerce are automatically reviewed for these scholarships. The automatic review process does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited. Eligible students should file a FAFSA as soon as possible for the best chance of receiving a Pride Scholarship. The scholarships only apply to the Fall and Spring semesters.

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be fully admitted to the university.
  • Complete a FAFSA that shows financial need with no Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Priority is to students who complete FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 31st.
  • Enrollment of 15 (UPRIDE) or 9 (GPRIDE) credit hours is required each Fall/Spring semester. This scholarship will not disburse if enrollment is less than 15/9 credit hours. A semester when the scholarship does not disburse still counts against the duration of the scholarship.
  • The scholarship is renewable if 30 (UPRIDE) or 18 (GPRIDE) credit hours are successfully completed during the academic year, even if the scholarship was not disbursed during the Fall/Spring semesters.

Note: Undergraduate students whose academic program limits their enrollment to 12 credit hours a semester are exempt from the 15 credit hour rule; they must complete 12 credit hours each Fall/Spring semester and 24 credit hours per academic year to renew the scholarship.

The following lists the amount of each Pride Scholarship and the possible duration of the award:

ScholarshipAmountDuration
UPRIDE (Undergraduate)$3,000 per year/$1,500 per semesterUp to 8 semesters
GPRIDE (Graduate)$3,000 per year/$1,500 per semesterUp to 4 semesters

RENEWAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete a FAFSA showing financial need with no Pell Grant eligibility for the academic year by the priority deadline of March 31st.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 semester and institutional cumulative GPA.
  • Enrollment of 15(UPRIDE)/9(GPRIDE) credit hours is required each Fall/Spring semester. This scholarship will not disburse if enrollment is less than 15/9 credit hours. A semester when the scholarship does not disburse still counts against the duration of the scholarship.
  • The scholarship is renewable if 30(UPRIDE)/18(GPRIDE) credit hours are successfully completed during the academic year, even if the scholarship was not disbursed during the Fall/Spring semesters.

Note: Undergraduate students whose academic program limits their enrollment to 12 credit hours a semester are exempt from the 15 credit hour rule; they must complete 12 credit hours each Fall/Spring semester and 24 credit hours per academic year to renew the scholarship.

Funds will not disburse unless student is enrolled in the required credit hours for the semester. Students who are unable to meet the enrollment requirements due to limits set by their academic program, graduation, course offerings, approved disability accommodations or other circumstances beyond the student’s control may submit a Scholarship Enrollment Exception Certification Form for consideration. The form can be found at: Scholarship Enrollment Exception Form

PROBATION AND SUSPENSION OF SCHOLARSHIP

The first time a student fails to meet either the credit hour or the GPA requirement for the Pride Scholarship will result in probation for the next semester of enrollment. A notification will be sent to the student’s university e-mail account. The student will still be eligible to receive the Pride Scholarship during the probation semester. After the probation semester, the student will have to meet both the GPA and credit hour requirements each semester or the Pride Scholarship will be suspended. Probation or suspension for failure to meet the semester credit hour requirements will be removed at the end of the academic year if the student meets the academic year credit hour requirement.

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PHI THETA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIPS

Admitted new transfer students in Fall and Spring, except those pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree, are considered for two types of transfer scholarships: General Transfer Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Funding is limited, so do not delay in completing all requirements to be considered! The General Transfer Scholarship and Phi Theta Scholarship are not stackable. A qualifying student can be awarded one of them, never both.

Organizational Leadership students who decide to opt out of the program prior to the 1st day of the first semester will be considered for the transfer scholarships if funds are still available. If you opt out, please contact [email protected]

CONSIDERATION FOR A PHI THETA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIP

To be considered for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, all official college transcript(s) and documentation of Phi Theta Kappa membership must be submitted to the Office of Admissions ([email protected]). A student’s scholarship award level will be based upon the transfer hours and transfer GPA at the time of admission to the university. The automatic review process does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited, so apply early! The scholarship only applies to the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarships not accepted within 14 days of being offered will be cancelled.

This table lists the minimum GPA, award amount, on-campus housing amount, general criteria, and possible duration of the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship:

TiersGPA
Award Amount
On-Campus Housing
General Criteria
Duration
Tier One3.75$3000/yradditional $500/yr45 transferable hoursUp to 2 years
Tier Two3.50$2500/yradditional $500/yr45 transferable hoursUp to 2 years
Tier Three3.25$2000/yradditional $500/yr45 transferable hoursUp to 2 years

*Phi Theta Kappa All-State nominees will receive an additional $500 per semester.

RENEWAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain the required semester and institutional cumulative GPA for the Tier group you are awarded. Once awarded, students cannot be placed into a lower or higher Tier.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 15 A&M-Commerce credit hours each Fall/Spring semester and 30 A&M-Commerce credit hours each academic year.
  • Have no break in enrollment or eligibility.

Note: Funds will not disburse unless student is enrolled in the required credit hours for the semester. Undergraduate students who are unable to meet the enrollment requirements due to limits set by their academic program, graduation, course offerings, approved disability accommodations, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control may submit a Scholarship Enrollment Exception Certification Form for consideration. The form can be found at: Scholarship Enrollment Exception Form

PROBATION AND SUSPENSION OF SCHOLARSHIP

The first time a student fails to meet either the credit hour or the GPA requirement for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship will result in probation for the next semester of enrollment. A notification will be sent to the student’s university e-mail account. The student will still be eligible to receive the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship during the probation semester, provided the student is meeting credit hour requirements. After the probation semester, the student will have to meet both the GPA and credit hour requirements each semester or the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship will be suspended.

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TRANSFER STUDENT ACCESS AND SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIPS

Admitted new transfer students in Fall and Spring, except those pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership degree, are considered for two types of transfer scholarships: General Transfer Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Funding is limited, so do not delay in completing all requirements to be considered! The General Transfer Scholarship and Phi Theta Scholarship are not stackable. A qualifying student can be awarded one of them, never both.

Organizational Leadership students who decide to opt out of the program prior to the 1st day of the first semester will be considered for the transfer scholarships if funds are still available. If you opt out, please contact [email protected].

CONSIDERATION FOR A TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP

To be considered for the General Transfer Scholarship, all official college transcript(s) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. A student’s scholarship award level will be based upon the transfer hours and transfer GPA at the time of admission to the university. Students with on-campus housing will be considered for an additional $500 per year. The automatic review process does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited, so apply early! The scholarship only applies to the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarships not accepted within 14 days of being offered will be cancelled.

INITIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Student Transfer GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimum 45 transferable credit hours

This table lists the minimum GPA, award amount, on-campus housing amount, general transfer credit hour criteria, and the possible duration for the General Transfer Scholarship Tiers:

TiersGPA
Award
On-Campus Housing
Transfer HoursDuration
Tier One3.50$2,000/yrAdditional $500/yr45 hoursUp to 2 years
Tier Two3.25$1,500/yrAdditional $500/yr45 hoursUp to 2 years
Tier Three3.00$1,000/yrAdditional $500/yr45 hoursUp to 2 years

RENEWAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain the required semester and institutional cumulative GPA for the Tier group you are awarded. Once awarded, students cannot be placed into a lower or higher Tier.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 15 A&M-Commerce credit hours each Fall/Spring semester and 30 A&M-Commerce credit hours each academic year
  • Have no break in enrollment or eligibility

Note: Funds will not disburse unless student is enrolled in the required credit hours for the semester. Undergraduate students who are unable to meet the enrollment requirements due to limits set by their academic program, graduation, course offerings, approved disability accommodations, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control may submit a Scholarship Enrollment Exception Certification Form for consideration. The form can be found at: Scholarship Enrollment Exception Certification Form

PROBATION AND SUSPENSION OF SCHOLARSHIP

The first time a student fails to meet either the credit hour or the GPA requirement for the General Transfer Scholarship will result in probation for the next semester of enrollment. A notification will be sent to the student’s university e-mail account. The student will still be eligible to receive the General Transfer Scholarship during the probation semester, provided the student is meeting credit hour requirements. After the probation semester, the student will have to meet both the GPA and credit hour requirements each semester or the General Transfer Scholarship will be suspended.

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Military and Patriotic Outside Scholarships

Students in search of scholarships may find these links helpful. The links are provided for informational purposes only. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement. Neither the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships nor A&M-Commerce can guarantee the accuracy or the timeliness of the information on these sites.

If you would like to submit a scholarship for consideration to be added to this list, please email [email protected].

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A COMMITMENT FOR TJC GRADUATES

This exciting initiative is to facilitate the ease of transfer for students moving from Tyler Junior College associate degrees into baccalaureate programs at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

TJC GRADUATES WHO ENROLL THIS SPRING ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • $1000 scholarship if they enroll in six semester hours. This scholarship is possible because of the generosity of A&M-Commerce alumni in Smith County.
  • If students choose to enroll in 15 semester credit hours, they will also be considered for our general transfer or Phi Theta Kappa scholarships when criteria is met.

AVAILABLE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • $2000 per year if a student has a 3.50 GPA and 45 transferable hours
  • $1500 if they have a 3.25 and 45 transferable hours
  • $1000 per year with a 3.00 GPA and 45 transferable hours.
  • Students are also eligible for a $500 housing scholarship. These scholarships are for two years if students maintain 15 credit hours each semester and the specified GPA requirement.

IF STUDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF PHI THETA KAPPA*, THEY WILL RECEIVE:

  • $3000 per year for a 3.75 GPA or higher
  • $2500 per year for a 3.50 GPA or higher
  • $2000 per year if they have a 3.25 GPA or higher.

*The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is not stackable with the general transfer scholarship.

TJC Dual Enrollment and Transfer Articulation

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Outside Scholarships and Fellowships Links

Scholarships and awards from outside private and non-profit institutions and organizations are a great way to help finance your education.

A&M-Commerce compiles a list of several outside scholarships although students are encouraged to also search on their own. The scholarship directories below are a valuable resource for researching and finding many scholarships on one site for which you may be eligible.

If you are the recipient of any type of award, typically scholarships or corporate sponsorships from a source other than A&M-Commerce, you must report it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships as soon as possible using the Outside Resource Form. An adjustment in your financial aid offer may be needed according to the guidelines of the aid programs currently offered. You may be required to repay financial assistance you have already received if you are no longer eligible for those aid programs.

You can send the Outside Resource Form to [email protected].

As a recipient of an outside scholarship or corporate sponsorship, please inform the donor to document the student name and semester with which the money applies to the check or letter included. All scholarship/sponsorship/endowment money should be sent to:

  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Attn: Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429

The links below are provided for informational purposes only. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement. Neither the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships nor A&M-Commerce can guarantee the accuracy or the timeliness of the information on these sites.

Always be cautious and ensure that any scholarship found is legitimate and not a scam.

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THE FIRST YEAR LEADERSHIP CLASS (FLC)

WHAT IS FLC?

The First Year Leadership Class (FLC) challenges students to learn about themselves through an experience at Texas A&M University-Commerce that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. While leadership is often defined by the offices one holds and the recognition one attains, there are other aspects to its meaning. FLC believes a leader is someone who has the initiative to improve his or her environment and act as a positive change agent for the campus and beyond. The program strives to equip these students with the personal leadership skills and education necessary to lead throughout their college experience and beyond.

This program is a partnership between the Department of Residential Living and Learning, University College, and the Department of Leadership Engagement & Development.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s in FLC?

Each year, FLC brings together 26 incoming students who desire to be active and engaged in their communities and academics. This diverse group of students forms a close-knit community with some of the most involved students on campus.

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Where do I find the FLC application?

You can find the application for the 2019-2020 year on your MyLeo account under Scholarships.

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When does the FLC application close?

Applications are due by March 15, 2019.

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What is FLC?

The First Year Leadership Class (FLC) challenges students to learn about themselves through an experience at Texas A&M University-Commerce that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. While leadership is often defined by the offices one holds and the recognition one attains, there are other aspects to its meaning. FLC believes a leader is someone who has the initiative to improve his or her environment and act as a positive change agent for the campus and beyond. The program strives to equip these students with the personal leadership skills and education necessary to lead throughout their college experience and beyond.

This program is a partnership between the Department of Residential Living and Learning, University College, and the Department of Leadership Engagement & Development.

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What are the required application materials for FLC?

  • Official high school transcript (including high school GPA and class rank)
  • Two 300-500 word essays:
    a. Essay 1: How would you describe yourself to someone who did not know you? What are your strengths and areas of improvement?
    b. Essay 2: What are the ways that leadership in high school and college can prepare you to be a contributing member of society after college? What leadership experiences have you had or want to have that will assist you in this?
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume (highlighting education, accomplishments, & involvement)
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What are the qualifications to be admitted into FLC?

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 85 on a 100 point scale
  • Ranked in the top 30% of high school class rank
  • ACT 21 (Composite) or SAT 1060 (Reading/Writing + Math)
  • Accepted to and intending to graduate from A&M-Commerce
  • Must live on campus in FLC designated residence hall
  • Evidence of high school excellence in both leadership and academics

A holistic review process is used by the committee when considering applicants and we encourage you to apply even if you may not meet all the academic standards.

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What are the foundations of the FLC program?

FLC is grounded in bringing a diverse group of students together to form a close-knit community with some of the most involved students on campus. The program strives to equip these students with the personal leadership skills and education necessary to lead throughout their college experience and beyond. This is done by taking an innovative approach towards leadership by combining fun, hands-on activities with eye-opening discussions.

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What are the benefits of participating in FLC?

  • $2,000 scholarship per semester (fall/spring) with a 3.0 GPA or higher (can be combined with other scholarships, except Honors College, Regent Scholars, & Leo Scholars).
  • Enrollment in a leadership credited class designed to develop personal leadership skills and individual passions and talents.
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What are some activities that happen outside the classroom?

Students also have the opportunity to expand their learning by participating in a number of campus events and activities, such as the Outdoor Adventure challenge course, an etiquette dinner, StrengthsQuest, mock interviews, movie nights, One Word Showcase, among others. To see what FLC has been up to, head to our Facebook Page and click on some of the albums that apply (A Closer Look at #FLC2019, #FLC2019 Etiquette Dinner, etc.).

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HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Honors College provides a highly personalized and challenging college experience that includes a four-year, premier scholarship package that covers tuition, fees, housing, a partial meal plan and money for textbooks for a select group of high-achieving freshman students.

The typical Honors College student has the following characteristics: ACT score of 27 and/or SAT score of 1200 (critical reading and math) and graduate in the top 10% of their high school class.

For more information about receiving an Honors Scholarship visit the Honors College website or email [email protected].

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FIFTH-YEAR ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP

HOW TO APPLY

Scholarship applications must be submitted using the TSBPA application form: Fifth-Year Accountancy Scholarship Application

See accounting department faculty for application information, including due date.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Available to Texas residents who have financial need as demonstrated by the 2018-2019 FAFSA
  • Students who have completed at least 120 hours of college coursework (including at least 15 semester credit hours of accounting) at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester
  • Meeting satisfactory academic progress
  • Have not already taken the CPA exam, but plan to take the CPA exam in the state of Texas
  • Have submitted an Application of Intent to take the CPA Examination to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for the purpose of being granted a certificate of ” Certified Public Accountant “
  • Have registered with Selective Service

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HOMER TATE INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP

The Homer Tate Initiative Scholarship was established to assist students with funding in their last term before graduation. Scholarships are limited to only undergraduate and graduate students in their last remaining 3 credit hours.

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for the Homer Tate Initiative Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a FAFSA or TASFA financial aid applicant in good standing with Financial Aid.
  • Be enrolled in the last 3 credit hours required to complete the degree.
  • Be graduating at the end of the semester for which the student is applying for the scholarship, and understand they must have a Graduation Application on file with the Registrar’s Office.
  • Provide a complete application which includes information from their Academic Advisor as documentation of remaining course requirement to complete degree.
  • Have a balance due after any offered financial aid is applied.
  • Students pursuing Competency Based degrees, such as the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership and Competency Based Criminal Justice (CBCJ), are not eligible to apply for Texas A&M University-Commerce scholarships.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Applications will only be accepted by email to the address on the application.
  • Funding is limited. Apply today!
  • Application Form for Homer Tate Scholarship application for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Scholarship applications are reviewed after Census Day and in the order received.
  • If you submitted an application, please monitor your LeoMail for communication regarding the scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I increase my chances of being awarded the scholarship by providing a resume or academic records?

No

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What is a graduation application?

A graduation application is your application to graduate from the university and receive your diploma.

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What if I was offered financial aid, but declined it?

If the offered amount was sufficient to cover your balance, then you would not be eligible to apply for the scholarship. “Financial aid” includes scholarships, grants, and loans. Keep in mind that most federal and institution funds will not disburse for students in 3 credit hours.

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What if I have additional questions not covered in this FAQ?

Email us

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What if I graduate in a different term than the current one?

You would be eligible to apply for your very last semester.

If you choose to apply early, please understand that applications will be processed for the current term only, after the application deadline. For example – if you are graduating in Summer II, and it is currently the May Mini, your application will not be processed until after the census date of Summer II.

We will continue to open the scholarship application each semester, until funding is depleted.

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What if I am transferring in coursework?

Please provide documentation of the outside coursework, and apply for Homer Tate for your last 3 hours at this institution. Homer Tate funds cannot be applied to outside coursework. You may be eligible to complete a Consortium Agreement. Eligibility for Homer Tate will be determined by the Scholarship Office.

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What if I am on a payment plan?

If awarded the scholarship, it could still pay the amount you were billed for applicable tuition and applicable fees.

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What if I already paid my balance out of pocket?

If awarded the scholarship, it would still pay the amount you were billed for tuition and applicable fees (unless you were offered sufficient financial aid to cover your balance, and declined it). Keep in mind that most federal and institution funds will not disburse for students in 3 credit hours.

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What if financial aid already paid my balance?

You are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

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May I bring my application to the One Stop Shop?

No. It is required that you email your application to [email protected] so we are able to track and document your application.

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I applied. What happens now?

Please continue to monitor your LeoMail for communication regarding the scholarship.

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I am an International Student. Am I eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, no. You must also be a financial aid applicant with a FAFSA or TASFA application on file.

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How do I apply?

The “GET THE APPLICATION” link will direct you to the PDF application. If you have a version of Adobe that allows you to save your changes, you can type on the form and save it. If not, you will need to print it, and fill it out by hand.

As the student, you need only fill out the top section, and sign the application.

You would then scan and email (or fax) it to your Academic Advisor so they can fill out the bottom section, documenting your required remaining course.

Submit the fully completed scholarship application to the email address at the top of the application.

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ENDOWMENT & DEPARTMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Texas A&M University-Commerce has many scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our donors whose support have helped transform the lives of many of our students; past, present and future. These scholarships cover all disciplines within the university. Applying for general and departmental scholarship opportunities starts by completing our General Scholarship Application.

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Graduate Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

GPRIDE Scholarship

Texas Graduate Tuition Set-Aside Grants

Click Here for Scholarship Search Information

NEXT STEP SCHOLARSHIP

(formerly the Rollover Scholarship)

Next Step Scholarship Applications for Spring 2019 A&M-Commerce Graduates are now open!!

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The application for Graduate Scholarships is currently closed.

  • Keith & Nancy McFarland Scholarship
  • H. M. Lafferty Doctoral Scholarship
  • Jerry & Marilyn Morris Scholarship
  • J. Cullen Sowers Graduate Scholarship
  • Graduate Fellowship Endowment
  • Nancy Ruth Lenoir Memorial Endowment
  • Doctoral Student Scholarship Fund
  • Drs. Wilfred and Bobbie Dietrich Endowment
  • Multi-Cultural Alumni Endowment

FELLOWSHIPS

Summer Thesis/Dissertation Fellowship: Competition Begins March 1, 2019 (Deadline for Application will be Friday. May 3, 2019)

OTHER

Graduate Tuition Set-Aside Grant

Graduate Assistantships

Request for Graduate Student Travel Support

Student Workers

Veterans Affairs

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Emergency Loans

Payment Plan/Installments

Tuition & Fees

Waivers & Deferments

Pivot (Comprehensive global database of sponsored funding announcements)

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Athletic Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships may cover all or part of the following charges depending on the type of Athletic Scholarship you are receiving. Regardless of the type of Athletic Scholarship that you are awarded, it is important for you to understand how they are awarded and if there is any additional financial responsibility that you may have. Below are descriptions of the types of Athletic Scholarships.

Tuition and Fees

If you are receiving a scholarship for tuition and fees, the amount of the scholarship will cover both the tuition and the fees charged for your classes.

*This scholarship is based on your actual charges for tuition and fees and will show as an “estimate” until after census date when enrollment becomes official. At that time, the actual amount of your tuition and fees will be awarded. Any refund you will receive as a result of this scholarship will occur after census day so please plan accordingly.

Housing

On-Campus Housing

If you are receiving a scholarship that covers full housing and you live on campus, you will be issued a scholarship in the amount of your actual housing charges for each semester. This scholarship will be applied directly to your student account.

Off-Campus Housing

If you are receiving a scholarship that covers your housing but you live off campus, you will receive a housing scholarship for an average budgeted amount furnished to the Financial Aid Office by the Athletics Department. The scholarship is applied directly to your student account and you will be responsible for using any refund to pay your off-campus housing costs.

Meals

With A Meal Plan

If you are receiving a scholarship that covers full meals and you have a meal plan, the amount of the scholarship will cover the value of that meal plan. The scholarship will be applied directly to your student bill.

Without A Meal Plan

If you are receiving a scholarship that covers meals and you do not have a meal plan, you will receive an award based on an average furnished to the Financial Aid Office by the Athletics Department. The scholarship will be applied directly to your student account. Any resulting refund can be used to assist you with off-campus meals.

Books

If you are receiving a scholarship that covers your books, the Athletics Department will furnish your textbooks. The value of this award will show as a part of your financial aid award but no funds will be paid to you. You will receive books to use for your classes.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

There are scholarship opportunities available for current student-athletes seeking summer school assistance, student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility and seek financial assistance toward graduation, or students seeking a graduate position within the department of athletics.

To be considered, please contact Judy Sackfield, deputy athletics director for student-athlete success and scholarship committee chair at [email protected].

Athletic Scholarship Appeal

Renewals/Reductions/Cancellations of Athletics Financial Aid

The renewal of institutional financial aid must be made on or before July 1 prior to the academic year in which the aid will be distributed. Student-athletes receiving an athletics scholarship during the previous year will be notified as to whether their aid has been renewed, reduced or canceled. Athletics aid granted by an NCAA institution may not be awarded for a period of more than one year. At the end of each academic year, aid may be renewed, increased, reduced or canceled at the discretion of the institution.

Athletics scholarships may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award if a student-athlete:

  • Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition in any manner, including failure to meet academic eligibility requirements or loss of amateur status (e.g., signing with an agent).
  • Voluntarily quits the team.
  • Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement.
  • Engages in serious misconduct.

Athletics scholarships may not be reduced or canceled during the period of the award on the basis of:

  • A student-athlete’s athletics ability, performance or contribution to a team’s success.
  • An injury that prevents the student-athlete from participating in intercollegiate athletics.
  • Any other athletics reason.

Please note that outside of the period of the award, an athletics scholarship can be reduced or canceled for any reason – including an athletics reason – at the discretion of the institution.

If a student-athlete’s scholarship is canceled, reduced or not renewed for any reason, a letter will be sent to the student-athlete explaining the right to appeal the Athletics Department decision to the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships within 14 business days.

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP APPEAL

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Scholarship Donor Thank You Letters

Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students like you.

Receiving a well-written thank you letter from a student is always special and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated. Your letter reminds them why they gave in the first place and often helps secure continuing gifts for future students.

It is proper etiquette to send thank you letters. The letter will exhibit your good character and show you as someone who is worthy of the scholarship that the donor has generously funded. Sending a well-written thank you letter shows the donor that you are the type of student they can be proud to support.

Guidelines for Submitting

  • Hand-written form (preferred method), PDF or Word document (preferably with electronic signature), or scanned copy of your handwritten note.
  • The Thank You Addressee is who you will make your note out to.
  • Your note must contain both your first and last name and the name of your scholarship.
  • Your note must be dated.
  1. Your thank you note can be submitted in the following ways:
  2. 1. In person to Amber Countis in the Business/McDowell Administration Building, room 350C.
  3. 2. In person at one of the Thank You Signing Sessions held in September.
  4. 3. Via the scholarship portal.
  5. 4. By email to: [email protected]
  6. 5. By mail to:
  7. Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation
  8. Attn: Amber Countis
  9. PO Box 3425
  10. Commerce, TX 75429

A thank you letter is especially important if your scholarship requires a note as this is the only way that requirement will be met. No disbursements of your scholarship will occur until your thank you note has been received per the instructions above.

Thank You Letter Tips

  1. Letters can be typed; however, a legibly handwritten letter can be extra special. Do not write your letter on lined notebook paper; use good quality stationary and ink.
  2. A thank you letter should, in fact, be a letter. A card or postcard shows little respect for the scholarship that was so generously given. Take time to show the appreciation you have for the funds you received.
  3. Keep letters concise but sincere and enthusiastic. One page is usually sufficient.
  4. Proofread your letter for grammatical and spelling errors. Your letter represents you and the university and should be free of errors. Asking others for assistance in proofreading can also be beneficial.
  5. Tailor your letter to the specific scholarship. Mention the scholarship by its correct and full name in your introduction. Describe the specific criteria of the scholarship you received that qualified you for the scholarship.
  6. Address the donor or organization by name if known, otherwise you may use “To Whom It May Concern.”
  7. Sign your letter by hand, even if the letter is typed.
  8. Your letter should include the following information:
    • First Paragraph – Thank the donor for the specific scholarship you received. Remind him/her of the criteria you met for eligibility.
    • Second Paragraph – Restate your commitment to your academic goals. Mention any interests or circumstances that will help the donor understand why the award is so important to you.
    • Third Paragraph – Thank the donor again for giving you financial support and how you are committed to do well with the donor’s gift.

Typical Thank You Letter Format

[Date]

Dear [Name of donor(s) or organization or “To Whom It May Concern”]:

[Well written and thought out text that expresses your gratitude for the scholarship. See tips above.]

Sincerely,

[Your handwritten signature]
[Your printed or typed name]

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