Austin College Alumni Scholarships
Brief History of Austin College
Students from Austin College at Old Main Austin College, founded in 1849 by Princeton-educated Presbyterian missionary Dr. Daniel Baker, is a recognised leader in higher education for innovative programmes, a strong faculty, and dedicated students.
In November 1849, Texas Governor George Wood signed a charter for Austin College. That charter, modelled after those of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, is still in use today, making Austin College the oldest institution of higher learning in Texas still operating under its original name and charter, according to the State Historical Survey Committee.
In the fall of 1850, the College of Huntsville welcomed its first class. The original structure still stands in Huntsville. The original board of trustees included two presidents of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston and Anson Jones. The relocation of the College to North Texas was prompted by three yellow fever epidemics, the Civil War, and difficult economic conditions.
The Transfer to Sherman
In 1918, women attend Austin College.
In 1876, Austin College relocated to Sherman, a more promising area. In 1918, the College became coeducational, and in 1930, it merged with Texas Presbyterian College, a women’s institution. Expansion and development were temporarily halted by the Great Depression and World War II. The College then engaged in extensive review and experimentation to improve the traditional liberal arts curriculum beginning in the 1950s. The comprehensive educational programme that continues to shape much of the academic life and curriculum of the College was adopted by the College in 1972.
In 1999, the College celebrated its Sesquicentennial, honouring 150 years of quality education and a history of learning, leadership, and lasting values. A related $120 million campaign resulted in significant campus growth. In addition, the College experienced record enrolment and continued excellence among students and faculty.
Dr. Marjorie became Austin College’s 15th president in 2009, becoming the institution’s first female president. She carried on the strong legacy of her predecessors until her resignation in 2017 to take over as president of Rhodes College. The Board of Trustees appointed Steven P. O’Day, J.D., as the 16th president of Austin College, and he took office on October 30, 2017.
Austin College takes pride in providing a valuable educational experience to its students, and others have taken notice.
Austin College was named to Washington Monthly College Guide’s list of “America’s Affordable Elite” and liberal arts colleges with the “Best Bang for the Buck.”
Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance all highlight colleges that combine excellent academics, post-graduate success, and low costs.
Austin College Admissions
Austin College admissions are more selective, with a 49 percent acceptance rate. Half of Austin College’s admitted students have a SAT score between 1110 and 1310 or an ACT score between 22 and 29. However, one-quarter of admitted applicants received scores that were higher than these ranges, while the other quarter received scores that were lower. Austin College’s application deadline is March 1.
Austin College admissions officers regard a student’s GPA as a critical academic factor. When available, an applicant’s high school class rank is considered, and letters of recommendation are important to Austin College admissions officials. Learn more about College Compass to see additional academic factors as well as other school data.
Austin College Admissions Stats
APPLICATION DEADLINE March 1
APPLICATION FEE N/A
ACCEPTANCE RATE 49%
Academic Scholarships in General
Transfer students who are accepted to Austin College may be eligible for general academic scholarships. The chart below is designed to show students the typical general academic scholarship levels associated with various GPA ranges. A separate scholarship application is not required to be considered for a general academic scholarship.
Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for a $15,000 per year Austin College grant.
These scholarship amounts are determined by a cumulative GPA of at least 24 credit hours. If a transfer applicant has fewer than 24 credit hours, the scholarship will be awarded based on a combination of high school and college GPA.
Austin College Alumni Scholarships
|3.5 and up||Academic Excellence $21,000 per year|
|3.0-3.49||Academic Honors $20,000 per year|
Scholarships for New Students – 2022
With a variety of scholarship awards, Austin College recognises academic achievements, leadership, service, and talents. These awards are not contingent on establishing financial need.
Scholarships for Fall 2022
All admitted Austin College students, including test-optional students, will be reviewed holistically and considered for all of our general academic scholarships. A separate scholarship application is not required to be considered for a general academic scholarship.
Additional Institutional Scholarships available for new students.
Scholarships in the Fine Arts
Awarded to students with studio art talents – both those who plan to major or minor in art and those who do not plan to major or minor in art. Each year, a limited number of awards are available, with each recipient receiving up to $4,000 per year. To be considered a candidate, applicants must submit an art portfolio. Portfolios can be uploaded as.ppt,.pptx, or.jpg files as part of the online application. This award is renewable each year with the approval of the art department, provided the student meets the performance expectations.
Scholarships for Music
Awarded to students with musical talents for performance in an assigned AC music ensemble – both for those planning to major or minor in music and those who do not plan to major or minor in music. Each year, a limited number of awards are available, with each recipient receiving up to $4,000 per year. To be considered as a candidate, applicants must have a live audition and interview with the Music Scholarship Committee in the early spring of their senior year, or submit a videotaped audition. To schedule this audition, please contact the music department. This award is renewable each year with the music department’s approval if a student meets satisfactory performance expectations.
Scholarships for John D. Moseley Alumni
Awarded to exceptional freshman applicants who have the potential to succeed at Austin College. Each year, a limited number of awards are available, with amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. A student must be nominated by an Austin College graduate to be eligible. Nominations must be received by February 1st.
Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Scholarship
The Nancy Bryant ’67 and Jerry Taylor Scholarship is given to Austin College students who want to major in Physics or Engineering Physics or complete the Pre-Engineering professional track. Competitive applicants will have SAT Math scores of 650 or 26 on the ACT Math and Science components, as well as a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. (Because of the ongoing impact on SAT/ACT testing sites, test-optional applicants for the fall of 2022 will be given full consideration for this scholarship.)
Each year, a limited number of awards ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 are made available. Recipients may also be eligible for a one-time stipend of up to $4,000 for approved summer research or internship opportunities. This award is renewable each year with the physics department’s approval if a student meets satisfactory performance expectations. Bryant Taylor Scholarship applications are due February 1st.
Austin College National Hispanic Institute Scholarships
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are National Hispanic Institute graduates and excel in the classroom and in the community. Attendance at one or more NHI programmes during high school (signed proof of participation from at least one NHI staff member required) and leadership skills are among the criteria. On the admissions application, applicants should describe their involvement in NHI (application for admission should be complete and received by February 1). Annual awards of up to $2,500 are possible.
Presbyterian Students Can Apply for Sara Bernice Moseley Scholarships
Awarded to Presbyterian Church members who have a record of academic achievement (USA). Strong candidates will have shown a dedication to the Church and to serving others. Each year, a limited number of awards are available, with amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. This scholarship is renewable for each undergraduate year as long as a student is involved in the life of the Church and serves others in meaningful ways and maintains good academic standing. Nominations must be received by February 1st.