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Exclusive Texas Scholarships to Apply For in 2022

The Best Texas Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

Last updated on April 20, 2022
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  1. Cover image for Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship

    Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship

    Funded by
    Donald Huschle
    This scholarship will support BIPOC women in STEM at the University of Texas at Dallas.
    Deadline: Jun 20, 2022
    Funded by
    Donald Huschle
    This scholarship will support BIPOC women in STEM at the University of Texas at Dallas.
    Deadline: Jun 20, 2022
    $1,000
    Amount
    1
  2. Cover image for Jay Bowen Scholarship

    Jay Bowen Scholarship

    Funded by
    Jay Bowen Bucking For A Cause
    This scholarship will support high school seniors in Texas who plan to pursue a career in agriculture or working with animals.
    Deadline: Aug 1, 2022
    Funded by
    Jay Bowen Bucking For A Cause
    This scholarship will support high school seniors in Texas who plan to pursue a career in agriculture or working with animals.
    Deadline: Aug 1, 2022
    $24,000
    Amount
    2
  3. Cover image for Cruz Events Community Impact Scholarship

    Cruz Events Community Impact Scholarship

    Funded by
    Cruz Events
    This scholarship aims to support first-generation students from Texas who will be pursuing trade school or a traditional college path.
    Deadline: Apr 16, 2022
    Awarded to 1 winner
    Funded by
    Cruz Events
    This scholarship aims to support first-generation students from Texas who will be pursuing trade school or a traditional college path.
    Deadline: Apr 16, 2022
    Awarded to 1 winner
    $500
    Amount
    3
  4. Cover image for "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

    "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    The world will be shaped by the bold—the fighters, the risk-takers, the earnest overachievers who won’t take no for an answer. The $10,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in15 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    The world will be shaped by the bold—the fighters, the risk-takers, the earnest overachievers who won’t take no for an answer. The $10,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in15 days
    $25,065
    Amount
    4
  5. Cover image for Law Family Single Parent Scholarship

    Law Family Single Parent Scholarship

    Funded by
    Law
    This scholarship seeks to support single parents so they can continue their education and create a better future for themselves.
    Deadline: Apr 11, 2022
    Awarded to 2 winners
    Funded by
    Law
    This scholarship seeks to support single parents so they can continue their education and create a better future for themselves.
    Deadline: Apr 11, 2022
    Awarded to 2 winners
    $8,000
    Amount
    5
  6. Cover image for Paybotic Women in Finance and Technology Scholarship

    Paybotic Women in Finance and Technology Scholarship

    Funded by
    Paybotic
    This scholarship seeks to boost prosperity and innovation by supporting female students and reducing gender gaps in leadership.
    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Funded by
    Paybotic
    This scholarship seeks to boost prosperity and innovation by supporting female students and reducing gender gaps in leadership.
    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    $7,500
    Amount
    6
  7. Cover image for Larry Darnell Green Scholarship

    Larry Darnell Green Scholarship

    Funded by
    Gloria Green
    This scholarship aims to honor Larry’s legacy by helping single parents or the children of single parents afford their college education.
    Deadline: Mar 31, 2022
    Awarded to 1 winner
    Funded by
    Gloria Green
    This scholarship aims to honor Larry’s legacy by helping single parents or the children of single parents afford their college education.
    Deadline: Mar 31, 2022
    Awarded to 1 winner
    $2,250
    Amount
    7
  8. Cover image for Women in Tech Scholarship

    Women in Tech Scholarship

    Funded by
    Accusoft Corporation
    This scholarship aims to support women pursuing STEM so they can find success in their careers and create a more diverse workforce.
    Deadline: May 29, 2022
    in12 days
    Funded by
    Accusoft Corporation
    This scholarship aims to support women pursuing STEM so they can find success in their careers and create a more diverse workforce.
    Deadline: May 29, 2022
    in12 days
    $3,000
    Amount
    8
  9. Cover image for Newsette No-Essay Leadership Scholarship for Women

    Newsette No-Essay Leadership Scholarship for Women

    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship is perfect for anyone interested in fashion, beauty, tech, and business news, alongside advice and insight from inspirational women.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in15 days
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship is perfect for anyone interested in fashion, beauty, tech, and business news, alongside advice and insight from inspirational women.
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2022
    in15 days
    $1,000
    Amount
    9
  10. Cover image for Deborah Stevens Pediatric Nursing Scholarship

    Deborah Stevens Pediatric Nursing Scholarship

    Funded by
    Deborah Stevens
    This scholarship seeks to support nursing students who are interested in pursuing careers in pediatric nursing.
    Deadline: May 20, 2022
    in3 days
    Funded by
    Deborah Stevens
    This scholarship seeks to support nursing students who are interested in pursuing careers in pediatric nursing.
    Deadline: May 20, 2022
    in3 days
    $3,000
    Amount
    10

Texas students and student debt

Texas residents who seek a college education face similar challenges to students in other states, such as high tuition and financial difficulty. However, Texas students have unique needs due to the high number of minority students, immigrant students, and bilingual learners.

Texas grade school students

In the 2020-2021 school year, there were 5,371,586 students enrolled in public schools in Texas, a 2.2% decrease from the prior year, partially due to COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, only 53.8% of students received in-person instruction, while the rest received remote instruction.

Texas public schools are very diverse, with Hispanic students making up 52.9% of enrollment, white students making up 26.5%, African American students 12.7%, and Asian students 4.7%.

In 2020, 3,233,417 students in Texas were economically disadvantaged and 57,811 were homeless, down from 3,309,610economically disadvantaged students and 78,296 homeless students the year before.

Texas is also home to 108,092 immigrant students in the public school system and 1,124,413 Texas students in the 2020-2021 school year were bilingual or ESL.

Colleges in Texas

Second in size only to Alaska, Texas is full of colleges and universities, including many community college options. Texas A&M University - College Station has the most students, with 70,418 enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year. The University of Texas at Austin is the next most populous school with 50,476 students followed by 48,072 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

There are college options of all sizes in Texas, including very small colleges like Paul Quinn College with only 468students and Wiley College with 615 students.

Colleges in Texas have an average acceptance rate of 66.67% with an average score of 22 on the ACT and 1,090 on the SAT. Texas colleges have a 59% graduation rate and a 16.77% transfer-out rate, with women graduating at higher rates than men, at 62.88% compared to 54.36%.

Texas college students

There are 1,627,799 college students in Texas. These students are predominantly undergraduates as only 200,794 college students in Texas are pursuing graduate programs.

Like most states, Texas has a predominantly female college population. 961,361 college students in Texas are women as compared to just 666,438 male students.

College students in Texas are also split by enrollment status. 870,611 Texas university students attend college full-time while 757,188 are enrolled part-time. Many students also take their classes fully or partially online, as 673,119 Texas college students are exclusively attending classes online, 417,811 are taking fully in-person classes, and 445,984 are taking a mixture of classes.

Costs of college in Texas

When it comes to the costs of higher education in Texas, the amount varies based on one's degree program. The average tuition for undergraduate study in Texas is $15,885 and graduate tuition is even higher at $17,979. In-state students enjoy lower costs, with Texas natives paying an average of $5,210 for undergraduate tuition and $7,850 for graduate tuition.

In addition to tuition costs, Texas students pay an average of $13,764 for living expenses, or a slightly lower $13,340 for on-campus living costs. Students in Texas also pay high costs for learning supplies. The cost of books and supplies more than doubled between 2020 and 2021, rising from $1,347 to $2,833.

Altogether, these costs are unmanageable for many low-income or middle-class students.

Student debt in Texas

Like the rest of the United States, Texas is home to many students and graduates who took out debt for their education. 52% of those who graduate in Texas have student debt and 6% of graduates hold private loans.

The average Texas resident with student debt borrows $26,273, making Texas a state in the middle of the debt spectrum. For comparison, New Hampshire has the highest average debt total, $39,928, while Utah has the lowest average, $18,344.

Minority students in Texas are disproportionately affected by student loans, as Black and Hispanic students are most likely to take out debt and have to borrow higher amounts on average than white and Asian students.

79% of Black students in Texas take out debt, followed by 58% of Hispanic students, 52% of white students, and 42% of Asian students.

Black students also borrow the most, averaging $27,539. White students, though they borrow at lower rates than Hispanic students, have higher average debt, owing $24,904 as compared to the average $20,527 by Hispanic students. Asian students hold the least average debt, with borrowers each owing $18,573.

How to apply for scholarships in Texas

Applying for scholarships in Texas is easy and rewarding. Scholarships provide financial assistance to financially needy students and are a great alternative to student loans. 

Each scholarship will have requirements listed in the description as well as a place to upload applications materials, such as an essay, file, video, or link.

Before applying, ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements so you don't spend valuable time on a scholarship you don't qualify for. Scholarships may require applicants to be pursuing a certain major or degree type, be of a certain race or ethnicity, be a certain gender, be low-income or first-generation, or meet other requirements.

The more eligibility requirements a scholarship has, the smaller the eligible applicant pool will be, giving you a better chance of winning due to the lower competition.

Most scholarships are essay-based, so follow the application prompts to create your essay. You can find essay-writing tips here to improve the quality and content of your essays. Once you've finished creating your essay or other application materials, you can submit them on the scholarship page and click "Submit Application" to finish applying.

The best scholarships for Texas students

There are unlimited scholarship opportunities to help students afford higher education, but students in Texas should consider. Here is an example of a local scholarship available to students from Texas:

A State of Mind Scholarship

Description: This scholarship is open to all high school, undergraduate, and graduate school students from Texas who are planning to or currently pursuing post-secondary education. Applicants from any field of study are eligible to apply.

Location requirement: You must be from Texas

Amount: $500

Additional scholarships that students in Texas should consider

While there are examples of scholarships specifically for students in Texas (see above), there are plenty more that Texas students should consider; for instance, the $20,000 Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship for high school seniors and undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Texas students should also apply for the $15,000 Snap Finance "Funding the Future" Scholarship for college juniors and seniors.

You can browse through the category options to find other opportunities relevant to your background and field of study. 

Scholarships for women in Texas

Despite making up the majority of college students, women are still underrepresented in many fields, especially when it comes to leadership positions. As a result, many scholarships, like the one below, are exclusively open to women. You can get started with these scholarships:

Paybotic Women in Finance and Technology Scholarship

Women who are pursuing STEM-related undergraduate or graduate degrees can apply for this $7,500 scholarship which closes on May 1st.

Women in Tech Scholarship

Women who are pursuing two or four-year undergraduate degrees in STEM may apply for this $3,000 scholarship by May 29th.

Newsette No-Essay Leadership Scholarship for Women

This scholarship is open to all female students and can be applied for in just a few clicks. Professional women can also gain insight from the free Newsette newsletter. Apply by April 1st for a chance of winning the $1,000 award.

Texas nursing scholarships

Nurses play a critical role in our society, a fact that has only become more clear during the pandemic. As a result, there are many sources of support for students who want to become nurses. If you're pursuing nursing, consider applying for these scholarships:

Deborah Stevens Pediatric Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship will award $500 each to three undergraduate nursing students who are interested in pediatric nursing. You can apply by writing about your interest in nursing by the May 20th deadline.

National Healthcare Heroes Grant for Nurses

Aspiring or current nurses can apply for this $1,000 scholarship to use for tuition or student loans. The application closes on May 16th.

WiseGeek Nurse Appreciation No-Essay Scholarship

This $500 no-essay scholarship is open to those considering a nursing career and applications are due on April 16th.

Full ride scholarships in Texas

Scholarship amount varies, with some offering only $500 or a few thousand dollars. While these scholarships can stack up to cover your tuition, high-value scholarships like the ones below can singlehandedly take care of your costs.

Young Women in STEM Scholarship

This $30,000 scholarship is a great option for qualified applicants. Female high school seniors or undergraduate students who are pursuing STEM and demonstrate financial need can apply by March 1st.

"Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

This high-value $25,030 scholarship is open to all students and requires no application materials to apply. To increase your chances of winning, apply early and make sure your profile is completed and detailed.

Skin Grip Diabetes Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to twenty applicants. To apply, you must be a high school senior or undergraduate student with diabetes. The scholarship closes on March 3rd, so apply soon!

Scholarships for single moms in Texas

Single moms in Texas can check out the "women" category on Bold.org and should consider the following scholarships.

Law Family Single Parent Scholarship

The scholarship is open to single parents and will award $4,000 each to two winners. Make sure to apply by April 11th for a chance of winning!

Saroya Byrd Legacy Scholarship

Single parents pursuing their undergraduate degrees can apply for this $1,015 scholarship by writing about their hope of making a positive impact in the world.

Larry Darnell Green Scholarship

This scholarship will award three winners with $750 each. High school seniors and undergraduate students who are single parents or children of single parents can apply for this scholarship. Make sure to submit your essay by the March 31st deadline.

Scholarships for Hispanic students in Texas

Many scholarships in Texas seek to support BIPOC students or Hispanic students specifically due to the significant minority populations in Texas. You can get started by applying for the following scholarships:

Latinas in STEM Scholarship

Female high school seniors and undergraduate students who are first-generation Latinas pursuing STEM can apply for this $4,500 scholarship opportunity, which closes on March 31st.

Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship

This $750 scholarship is open to Hispanic high school seniors and undergraduate students and can be applied to tuition or loans. The no-essay application is due on April 15th, so apply soon!

Charles Cheesman's Student Debt Reduction Scholarship

This scholarship will award $5,000 each to two winners. Applicants must have student loan debt and can be undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates who are first-generation and Hispanic or African American. To apply, submit your essay about your goals for the future by May 16th.

Destinie's Dollars for Degrees Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are BIPOC and first-generation. You can apply by writing a short essay about how you would convince someone to attend college. The scholarship closes on June 1st, but apply as early as possible for the best chance of winning!

Frequently asked questions

Can I start applying in high school?

There are scholarship opportunities for high school students, especially high school seniors, as well as undergraduate students, graduates students, and even recent graduates who have student loan debt.

Applying in high school can help you get ahead of the costs of education, giving you more time to accumulate the funds you need. You may also have more free time to apply in high school since college can come with additional responsibilities. You can filter scholarships by education level to find the right opportunities for your stage of education.

What other financial aid can I get for college?

Scholarships are a great source of financial assistance, but you should also consider applying for federal aid. Pell Grants, federal loans, and other resources from the FAFSA can make a dent in your college costs, but the maximum award amounts often prevent federal aid from covering your full tuition. Scholarships can make up some of the difference, including merit-based scholarships from your school as well as scholarships from providers like Bold.org.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

Luckily, with college costs rising, there's no limit to how many scholarships you can apply for or win using Bold.org. Scholarships are free to apply for and the more you apply, the greater your chances of winning will be.

What types of scholarships should I apply for?

As mentioned above, most scholarships require an essay submission. However, some scholarships ask for a creative submission, like a piece of art, and others are easy no-essay scholarships that don't require any application materials to apply.

If you're a skilled writer, essay-based scholarships are a great way to showcase your talents and make an impression on a donor. If you're not the best writer but excel in art, consider applying for scholarships that ask for creative work or an art portfolio in place of, or in addition to, an essay.

If you demonstrate impressive academic achievement or academic ability, consider applying for merit scholarships, such as scholarships with GPA requirements. 

No-essay scholarships that don't require any type of submission are also good opportunities, but there's often significant competition for these easy scholarships. Due to the low-effort application process, many students will be competing for no-essay scholarships. Since you don't get the chance to highlight your skills or personality without a written or creative submission, it's also hard to make your application stand out.

Easy scholarships can still be helpful and are great options when you're short on time, but try to apply for other types of scholarships as well.

Additionally, seek out scholarships that have more narrow eligibility parameters so that you'll be up against less competition. You can find more specific scholarships that you qualify for by browsing by education level and category. Depending on your identity, level of education, financial resources, hobbies, community service experience, or field of study, you can find scholarships that many other students won't qualify for.

How do I use a scholarship?

Using scholarship funds depends on the source, but scholarships are generally easy to apply to your educational costs. To use a scholarship directly from your college or university, you'll likely just have to accept the aid package and then the money will automatically be applied. You may also need to write a thank you letter to the scholarship donor, which you can learn how to do here.

If you win a scholarship from Bold.org, the money will be sent directly by check to the financial aid office of your college or technical school to be applied to your tuition costs, fees, and book costs.

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