TLU Scholarships

Freshman Academic Distinction Scholarships   |    Freshman Academic Honors Scholarships   |    Presidential Award for Leadership and Service (PALS)   |    Transfer Academic Scholarships   |    Performance Awards   |    Participation Awards

Students must be accepted at TLU in order to be considered for a scholarship and must enroll full time in order to receive and renew the award. Scholarships at Texas Lutheran University are counted as aid received in need-based financial aid packages. Grant and scholarship aid (federal, state and external) when combined with TLU awards may not exceed the cost of attendance for the year you are applying. Students are limited to one Academic Distinction Scholarship (except National Merit and Janota Scholarships). Academic Distinction, Performance and Participation Awards in combination, where applicable, may not exceed the cost of full time tuition for the year you are applying for aid.

Students receiving Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 veteran's benefits that pay 100 percent of tuition are not eligible to receive any of the TLU scholarships listed on this page.

Freshman Academic Distinction Scholarships

These scholarships require a 3.0 cumulative GPA for renewal.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship - full tuition
Students who meet the finalist requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will be awarded this scholarship upon notification of final high school status. This award cannot be combined with other tuition specific scholarships and grants.

Pacesetter Award for College Excellence (PACE) - up to full tuition
By invitation only. PACE is a distinguished academic scholarship for students who have excelled in high school and who are admitted by February 1. Students are invited to participate in PACE Day, where they will compete through interviews and essays for a scholarship award of up to full tuition. PACE requirements mandate a minimum 3.5 GPA and an SAT/ACT score of 1250/28, or a top 10 percent high school ranking with an SAT/ACT score of 1100/24.

Da capo Award in Music - up to full tuition
By invitation only. Da capo is the most distinguished academic scholarship for students who plan to major in Music or Music Ed. Students who meet the qualifications are invited to participate in PACE Day, where they compete through interviews and auditions. Recipients of this award are required to participate in a performance group at TLU. Learn more.

Locus Aduro Award in Dramatic Media - up to full tuition
By invitation only. Locus Aduro is the most distinguished academic scholarship for students who plan to major in Dramatic Media. Students who meet the qualifications are invited to participate in PACE Day, where they compete through interveiws and auditions. Recipients of this award are required to participate in dramatic media ensemble at TLU. Learn more.

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Freshman Academic Honors Scholarships

A range of academic honors scholarships are awarded based on high school performance and SAT/ACT scores. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years provided you maintain a minimum cumulative GPA at TLU, as indicated. These scholarships are awarded based on full time undergraduate enrollment.

TLU CHOICE Scholarship - (2.5 TLU CGPA required for renewal) - Incoming freshman students that are admitted to both TLU and Texas A&M University at College Station or the University of Texas at Austin by May 1 are eligible for the TLU CHOICE scholarship program at TLU. The CHOICE program provides students the opportunity to get a private, liberal arts education for the same cost as Texas A&M University or the University of Texas. Learn more.

Lutheran Advantage Award
Incoming students who denote their membership at a Lutheran church and meet the academic criteria are eligible for this award. This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.5 GPA at TLU. Learn more.

  • Tier 1: Up to $14,500 per year
  • Tier 2: Up to $12,500 per year
  • Tier 3: Up to $10,500 per year

Janota Scholarship - $1,000 per year
If you graduate as a valedictorian or salutatorian of your high school class, you will receive the Janota Scholarship. This scholarship may not be combined with the National Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided you maintain a cumulative GPA at TLU of 2.5 or above.

Presidential Scholarship - Up to $14,000 (2.5 TLU CGPA required for renewal)

Academic Excellence Award (AEA) - Up to $12,000 (2.5 TLU CGPA required for renewal)

Commendation Award - Up to $10,000 (2.50 TLU CGPA required for renewal)

Heritage Award - Up to $7,000 (2.50 TLU CGPA required for renewal)

National Merit Scholarship - Up to $2,000 (2.75 CGPA required for renewal) - Students who meet the requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) are awarded this scholarship upon notification of final high school status. Semi-finalists receive $2,000 and those chosen as Commended receive $1,500 per academic year. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years.

The College Board®'s Preliminary SAT® Recognition Program Scholarships - up to $2,000 per year (2.75 TLU CGPA required for renewal) - Students who are recognized through either of the following program qualify: National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) or National Achievement® Program (for African-American students only). This scholarship is renewable for up to three years.

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Presidential Award for Leadership and Service (PALS)

As a high school student, have you made a difference in your neighborhood, church, school, or community? Do you enjoy giving selflessly of yourself? Do you believe a better world is possible?

If you answered "YES," you might be a good fit for the TLU Presidential Award for Leadership and Service. Based on their community involvement during high school, no more than 20 incoming students are chosen each year for the PALS program. PALS participants are expected to demonstrate both leadership and a commitment to service while studying at TLU. In exchange, they receive a scholarship of $500 for each semester they remain in the program. Learn more about PALS and apply on MyTLU (login required).

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Transfer Academic Scholarships

Transfer scholarships are awarded based on credits received that are transferable to TLU and the grade point average calculated on these credits. These scholarships are renewable for one or two years depending on credits transferred and provided you maintain a 2.75 CGPA at TLU. Transfer academic scholarships are only available to students admitted as transfers and are based on full time undergraduate enrollment. Students with dual credit hours who are classified as freshmen will not be eligible for these scholarships. See Freshman Academic Scholarships above.

TLU CHOICE Scholarship - (3.0 TLU CGPA required for renewal) - Incoming transfer students that are admitted to both TLU and Texas A&M University at College Station or the University of Texas at Austin by May 1 are eligible for the TLU CHOICE scholarship program at TLU. The CHOICE program provides students the opportunity to get a private, liberal arts education for the same cost as Texas A&M University or the University of Texas. This scholarship is renewable for up to two years. Learn more.

Lutheran Advantage Award
Incoming students who denote their membership at a Lutheran church and meet the academic criteria are eligible for this award. This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative 2.75 GPA at TLU. Learn more.

  • Tier 1: Up to $10,500 per year
  • Tier 2: Up to $8,500 per year
  • Tier 3: Up to $6,500 per year

Transfer Academic Distinction - Up to $10,000 per year
2.75 TLU CGPA required for renewal.

Transfer Academic Honor - Up to $8,000 per year
2.75 TLU CGPA required for renewal.

Transfer Scholar Award - Up to $6,000 per year.
2.75 TLU CGPA required for renewal.

Transfer Achievement Award - Up to $4,000 per year.
2.5 TLU CGPA required for renewal.

Phi Theta Kappa Award - Up to $3,000 per year.
2.75 TLU CGPA required for renewal. This may be awarded in addition to Transfer Academic Scholarships.

Renewal of these scholarships is based on continued full-time enrollment and the cumulative GPA earned at TLU, the number of transfer hours accepted and the number of hours required for the degree. For example:

Transfer Hours Accepted Total Semesters of Award
0-15 8
16-30 7
31-45 6
46-60 5
61-75 4
76-90 3
91+ 2

  

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Performance Awards

Performance awards may not be combined with Academic Distinction awards but may be awarded in addition to other scholarships and are determined by the level of your participation. When participating in more than one ensemble or performance area, you may receive up to $2,000 from the combined Performance awards.

Auditions are required and must be scheduled in advance. If interested in auditioning for these awards, please review the information and fill out the application found on the Music Scholarships and Dramatic Media Scholarships pages.

Jones Fine Arts for Music Majors - $2,000 to $4,000 per year

Jones Fine Arts for Dramatic Media Majors - $2,000 to $4,000 per year

Performance Awards for Non-majors - Up to $2,000 per year

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Participation Awards

Presidential Award for Leadership and Service - Up to $1,000 per year (By Invitation Only)
Students demonstrating outstanding leadership through a variety of campus and community service activities may be invited to apply for this scholarship. This may be added to the Academic Excellence Award, Commendation Award or Heritage Award only.

Publications Award - $500 to $3,500 per year
Students interested in serving as editor or a major officer of the student newspaper or other student publications may apply for this award.

Athletic Training - Up to $2,000 per year
Students interested in working toward meeting requirements for licensure in athletic training may contact Prof. Brian Coulombe, director of athletic training, at 830-372-8133 or bcoulombe@tlu.edu for information on how to apply for this scholarship. Students receiving this award must participate in all functions of the athletic training program. Learn more about TLU's Athletic Training program.

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