College of Arts and Sciences
Scholarship Information for Undergraduate Students
Types of Arts and Sciences College Scholarships
Merit-based Academic Achievement Scholarships
Continuing and transfer students (not entering freshmen) majoring in Arts and Sciences may apply for the Academic Achievement Scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of academic merit. These scholarships are worth $1200 per year and are awarded for the academic year ($600 is administered in the fall and $600 is administered in the spring). Students who are receiving Texas Tech University Presidential or Presidential Plus Scholarships are not eligible to receive Arts and Sciences Academic Achievement Scholarships.
A student can know if he/she is in the College of Arts and Sciences by clicking the following link to see a list of Departments and Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences: Departments and Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who are double or triple majoring are encouraged to list all of their major departments on the on-line application.
Entering freshmen, transfer students, and continuing students majoring in Arts and Sciences may apply for the need-based scholarships. These scholarships are for $3500 and are awarded for the academic year ($1750 is administered in the fall and $1750 is administered in the spring). Following the wishes of the donors, criteria for these awards focus on significant financial need, character and ability, and desire for education. Applicants are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 in order to substantiate their financial need.
Applicants can be considered for merit and/or need-based scholarships. It is possible to receive both of these. A&S merit and need-based scholarships are for one academic year (fall/spring) but students can reapply for these scholarships each year. To apply again, a student needs to complete a new application form, submit a new personal statement and have a recommender supply a new letter of recommendation—all by the February 1 deadline.
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Requirements
Undergraduate. A&S Merit and Need-Based scholarships cannot be used for graduate study. Fellowships, teaching assistantships, and other kinds of financial support are available for graduate students.
Basic Requirements for Arts and Sciences College Scholarship.
- Recipients must be full-time TTU undergraduate students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences during the year of their award. That is, a student must complete at least 12 undergraduate TTU credit hours in the fall and 12 undergraduate TTU credit hours in the spring during the year of the award. An exception to this requirement may be considered for a student who is awarded a congressional internship or presidential internship that limits a student to 6 TTU credit hours during the semester that the student is in Washington, DC.
- Current restrictions allow the Arts and Sciences scholarship money to be applied only to the fall and spring semesters, not to the summer sessions. Need-Based scholarship awardees are required to file a FAFSA by April 15, and the FAFSA analysis must show financial need that is at least the equivalent of the amount of the Need-Based scholarship award ($3500).
- Students whose applications are selected for awards are required to return:
- 1) a completed acceptance form
- 2) a thank you letter to the donor. Materials and instructions for these required documents are sent to the student with the scholarship offer letter. These materials must be submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office (Holden Hall 202, 806.742.3833) by the due date indicated on the offer letter.
Application Process for College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships
Complete the on-line TTU Central Scholarship Application form.
If a student is in the College of Arts and Sciences and has submitted all required application materials into the on-line TTU General Scholarship System, he or she is in the general pool of students considered for Arts & Sciences College Scholarships.
The on-line TTU Central Scholarship Application form can be completed in the following locations for the following types of students:
- Entering Freshmen: www.applytexas.org
- Entering Transfer Students: www.applytexas.org
- Current Students: www.financialaid.ttu.edu
Electronically upload recommendation letters.
It is important to remember that 1 to 2 letters of recommendation should be uploaded into the TTU Scholarship System (see web link - http://recommendation.scholarship.ttu.edu).
- For the merit-based scholarships, at least one recommendation should be from a faculty member who is qualified to comment on the applicant's academic accomplishments and potential for future academic success (not a reference source such as a staff advisor, residence hall supervisor, or employer).
- For the need-based scholarships, recommendations should be from people qualified to comment on how well the applicant meets the criteria for the scholarship: good character and ability, significant financial need, and desire for education.
- Faculty from TTU who write letters of recommendation should submit those letters on-line, using the url listed above. Faculty will need the student's complete name or R number. Recommenders who are not TTU faculty should mail a hard copy of their letter to:TTU Scholarship Office/ 205 West Hall/ Texas Tech University/ Lubbock, TX 79409-5011. Such letters must include the student's R number, which will be used to e-file the letter with the on-line application.
- Recipients of previous A&S scholarships who apply in subsequent years must provide a new letter or new letters of recommendation each year. In general, it is better to ask a different person for a recommendation in subsequent years, though one may ask the same person again if the reference source writes a fresh letter.
Deadline for submitting all electronic materials into the TTU Central Scholarship Application system.
Completed application forms (including letters of recommendation) for ENTERING and CURRENT students must be received on-line by February 1. Completed application forms (including letters of recommendation) for TRANSFER students must be received on-line by March 1.
Application Review and Award Process
- Arts and Sciences scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications, which students must submit online into the TTU Scholarship System by February 1, are first screened and ranked by departmental scholarship committees. These departmental committees then forward ranked lists of applications of their choosing to the Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee by March 1.
- The Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee will review the departments' forwarded applications during the month of March and will recommend to the dean which students should be awarded scholarships.
- Offer letters for students who are selected for scholarships are sent in April to the address the student has entered into the TTU Scholarship System. The offer letter explains the terms of the scholarship and includes required acceptance materials. Students must complete and submit an acceptance form and a thank you letter by the due date indicated in the offer letter to receive the scholarship. When these completed materials are received in the A&S Dean’s office, the scholarship award will be entered into the TTU Scholarship system.
- On the acceptance form, there is a question about whether the student wishes to request an out of state waiver. Students who are residents of other states or other countries may be eligible for in-state tuition rather than out-of-state tuition if they receive TTU scholarships worth $1000 or more. Thus, in general, students who are from some place other than Texas should request an out-of-state waiver. Detailed information about residency status can be found in the Texas Tech catalog. Questions about this matter and about any other non-academic aspects of scholarships should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid. International students may also want to consult with the TTU Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
- The College does not mail scholarship checks to recipients. After a student has been given approval to receive a college scholarship and has met the terms of the award, the College of Arts and Sciences will authorize the transfer of funds from the college's scholarship accounts to the student's account. Students can view their accounts on-line or can talk to an advisor in the Financial Aid Office to verify that the Arts and Sciences scholarship has been applied to their accounts. A&S scholarship funds awarded should appear on a student's account soon after the conditions for the award have been met. Note that the college scholarships may be listed on the student's account page with the names of the donor or the donor's honoree rather than the name "Academic Achievement Scholarship" or "Price Scholarship." On a few occasions, in order to have the award amount total $1000 or $3500, funds may be transferred from more than one endowment account, so more than one name could appear on the student's record.
- The number of scholarships that can be awarded may vary from year to year depending on the availability of funds. Thus, it is the case that the facts of an application ranked highly enough to receive an award in one year might or might not result in a high enough ranking to receive an award in another year, depending on the applicant pool and depending on the amount of money available for distribution.
Other Scholarships Available for Arts and Sciences Students
Many other Texas Tech University scholarships can be awarded to Arts and Sciences students
- Honors College (http://www.honr.ttu.edu );
- Individual departments in Arts and Sciences (e.g., English, Math, etc.);
- Assorted campus offices and programs such as, for example, the Texas Tech University Parents Association (www.parent.ttu.edu ), Women’s Studies (www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies ), military service programs (http://armyrotc.ba.ttu.edu and www.depts.ttu.edu/afrotc ), and others. The scholarships offered by various colleges, departments, programs, and offices at Texas Tech University may have different deadlines, different application forms, and different requirements.
- TTU Financial Aid Office. www.financialaid.ttu.edu/
Texas Tech University Scholarship
Office 205 West Hall PO BOX 45011
Lubbock, TX 79409-5011
(806) 742-3144 ext. 270
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Application deadlines:
- February 1 for entering freshmen: Apply at ApplyTexas www.applytexas.org
- March 1 for entering transfers: Apply at ApplyTexas www.applytexas.org
- February 1 for current students: Apply at www.scholarships.ttu.edu
Each year we have many more deserving students than we have scholarships. Anyone who would like to talk about contributing toward scholarships should contact the College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1034; our office telephone number is 806-742-3833. We are deeply grateful to all of our donors.
(This information was last revised in January 2014.)