Texas Tech University

University Student Housing Scholarships

University Student Housing believes in supporting students to financially afford the costs of college and living on campus.  We also support our student staff members with scholarships to enhance their ability to work and learn at Texas Tech University. We have 10 unique scholarships and offer over $500,000 in scholarships each year.  

Academic Year 2021 – 2022 Scholarship Stats:

Scholarships Number of Recipients Total Amount Awarded
Mary W. Doak 60 $60,000
RHA Student Leader 8 $8,000
Student Staff 8 $8,000
Angela Forney 5 $7,500
Michael G. Burrows-Exousia 5 $7,500
Hilda Alonzo 1 $500
Housing Assistance 324 $324,000
Graduate Assistance 18 $84,000
TOTAL 429 $499,500

All housing scholarships require the recipient to live on campus and continue to live on campus throughout the duration of the award and/or be employed by University Student Housing (as applicable). For additional information regarding eligibility and criteria for each scholarship, please see below.

Available Scholarships

Mary W. Doak Scholarship

Mary W. Doak

The Mary W. Doak scholarship is in honor of the accomplishments of Mary W. Doak, who served as the first dean of women for Texas Technological College in 1925. She later became a member of the English faculty in 1945. Doak Hall, named for Mary W. Doak, was the home of University Student Housing for many years.

Student Success research supports that students who choose to live on-campus typically do better both socially and academically. In order to support our on-campus students, University Student Housing offers a $500.00 per semester ($1,000 total for the academic year) scholarship for students who currently live on campus and who will live on-campus for the next academic year. Residency is verified during each semester for scholarships to be awarded.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Currently, live on-campus and will live on-campus for the upcoming academic year
  • Maintain full-time student status as outlined by Texas Tech University
  • Consideration is given to students with financial need
  • Agree to a University Student Housing photo-release

Fill out the Mary W. Doak Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on the Application (Please only choose one):

  • In what ways will this scholarship help you in your academic and career goals at Texas Tech? (600 words maximum)

Graduate/Professional Student Scholarship

Graduate/Professional Student Scholarship

The Graduate/Professional Student scholarship is designed to support those graduate or professional students who currently live on-campus and who will live on-campus for the next academic year. University Student Housing primarily serves traditional undergraduate students. However, over the years, advances in our residential facilities now better serve the needs of graduate and professional program students. University Student Housing offers this $1000.00 per semester ($2,000 total for the academic year) scholarship for students meeting the stated requirements. Residency is verified during each semester for scholarships to be awarded.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Currently, live on-campus and will live on-campus for the upcoming academic year.
  • Maintain full-time graduate or professional student status as outlined by Texas Tech University, Texas Tech Law School, or Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
  • Consideration is given to students with financial need
  • Agree to a University Student Housing photo-release

Fill out the USH Graduate Student Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on Application:

  • Please describe how attaining your graduate/professional program will help you achieve your life goals? (750 words maximum)

Fill out the University Student Housing Graduate/Professional Student Scholarship Application.

Angela Forney Memorial Scholarship

Angela Forney Memorial Scholarship

The Angela Forney Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a first-generation college student who exemplifies the spirit of a servant leader by participating in community service, has demonstrated leadership through membership in organizations, maintains a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and is committed to living on-campus for the upcoming year. University Student Housing offers this $750.00 per semester ($1,500 total for the academic year) scholarship for students meeting the stated requirements. Residency is verified during each semester for scholarships to be awarded.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Currently, live on-campus and will live on-campus for the upcoming academic year
  • Maintain full-time student status as outlined by Texas Tech University
  • Must have at least a 2.75 GPA to apply and maintain the scholarship
  • Identify and are listed as a First-Generation college student
  • Possess demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Possess demonstrated leadership through involvement in organizations
  • Agree to a University Student Housing photo-release

Fill out the Angela Forney Memorial Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on Application:

  • Please describe how attaining a college degree will help you achieve your life goals? (600 words maximum)

Hilda Alonzo Memorial Scholarship

Hilda Alonzo Memorial Scholarship

Hilda Alonzo worked in the Housing Services area of University Student Housing (USH) for 35 years. She dedicated her career to making sure the residence halls were clean and tidy for students and staff. This scholarship is awarded to a traditional or non-traditional student enrolled at Texas Tech University working in the area of USH Housing Services and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. There is no on-campus living requirement for this scholarship. University Student Housing offers this $500.00 scholarship for students meeting the stated requirements.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Maintain full-time student status as outlined by Texas Tech University
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply and maintain the scholarship
  • Awarded to traditional and non-traditional students enrolled at Texas Tech University working in the area of Housing Services of University Student Housing.
  • The scholarship is renewable upon the student maintaining a 3.0 grade point average
  • Agree to a University Student Housing photo-release

Fill out the Hilda Alonzo Memorial Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on Application:

  • Please describe how attaining a college degree will help you achieve your life goals? (600 words maximum)

The Exousia – Michael G. Burrows Memorial Scholarship

In 1998, Michael G. Burrows was a first-year student at Texas Tech and had a promising life ahead of him. He was tragically killed that next fall in a vehicle accident on his way to a student conference. He lived in Murdough Hall, and his death had a strong impact on a fellow student named Zelvis Applin.

Zelvis commented that “Micheal was the type of person who always walked around wearing a smile. He had a way of making you feel better whenever he greeted you…no matter how bad your day was going.” Zelvis wrote and performed a song at Michael's memorial service in October of 1999. It's there he met Deidra Hader, the Complex Director for Stangel/Murdough. They struck up a conversation. Over the next few months, they had conversations about race relations on the Texas Tech campus, and the overwhelming need that exists to draw people together based on commonalities, not differences. From these conversations, Exousia was developed as a contribution to Black History Month education and celebration activities. Admission collected to Exousia helped to fund this scholarship along with a generous financial gift from Michael's mother. University Student Housing offers this $500.00 per semester ($1,000 total for the academic year) scholarship for students meeting the stated requirements.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Maintain full-time student status as outlined by Texas Tech University
  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA to apply
  • Sophomore level or above
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome adversity by utilizing determination and perseverance
  • Agree to a University Student Housing photo-release

Fill out the Exousia – Michael G. Burrows Memorial Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on Application:

  • What challenges have you faced during your college career? How have you worked through (or are currently working through) those challenges? (600 words maximum)
  • How have you given back or helped others who face different challenges than yourself? (600 words maximum)

RHA Student Leader Scholarship

RHA Student Leader Scholarship

In support of student leaders and their academic success, the Residence Halls Association (RHA) is pleased to present the annual Student Leader Scholarship program. This scholarship rewards the success of current student leaders and encourages further involvement throughout the next year from those selected. RHA offers this $500.00 per semester ($1,000 total for the academic year) scholarship for students meeting the stated requirements. Residency is verified during each semester for scholarship to be awarded.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Must currently be living in the residence halls at Texas Tech University.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student at Texas Tech University at the time of application, and for the duration of the award period.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher at the time of application.
  • Must be a student leader making a positive impact within the residence halls. (University Student Staff members and compensated student leaders are not eligible. i.e., CA, SA, SJA, RT, and RHA executive officers.)
  • Must have completed a contract and paid all applicable fees to live in a residence hall for the following academic year, by the time of application deadline.
  • If selected, must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 for the duration of the following academic year.
  • The student must be in good standing with Texas Tech University and University Student Housing.
  • Should a recipient later be hired as a student staff member within University Student Housing, they will become ineligible for remaining allocations of funds.
  • Agree to a University Student Housing photo release

Fill out the RHA Student Leader Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on the application:

  • Please share the impact that you feel you have made on your community or an impactful moment in the Residence Halls that has contributed to your success. (600 words maximum)

Student Staff Scholarship

Student Staff Scholarship

The Student Staff Leadership Council (SSLC) and University Student Housing (USH) are proud to offer several $1,000 scholarships to University Student Housing student staff members. The scholarships will be awarded ($500 each semester) pending continued employment. Any USH student employee is eligible!

Requirements are as follows:

  • Student Staff member is employed by University Student Housing
  • Will be employed for University Student Housing for the upcoming academic year.
  • Agree to University Student Housing photo-release

Fill out the Student Staff Scholarship Application.

Questions listed on Application (Please choose one):

  • Which component of the SERVE USH model do you embody the most, and please explain why? (600 words maximum)

S- seek opportunities to build positive staff relationships
E- expect to follow expectations and engage when setting expectations
R- recognize individual and team efforts
V - value each other's time and contributions to the team
E - express concerns professionally and in a timely manner

U - utilize each other's strengths
S - succeed together.
H - housing is our home

Guns Up Forevermore Scholarship

Founded in 2014 by the Residence Halls Association, the Guns Up Forevermore campaign recognizes students who have demonstrated their passion for Texas Tech by helping other students through the idea of 'paying it forward' and have exemplified the qualities of being an outstanding member of the Red Raider community by a continual show of school spirit.


Special consideration will be given to students who exemplify the traits listed above and whose future at Texas Tech may be in jeopardy due to temporary financial need.


Awards will be distributed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year in varying amounts as needed.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Nominees must be a current full-time student at Texas Tech University
  • Nominees must be in good standing with Texas Tech positively, and University Student Housing
  • Nominees must live on campus at Texas Tech University
  • Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher

Fill out the Guns Up Forevermore Scholarship Nomination Form Application.

Guns Up Forevermore awards are designed for students who go above and beyond to help other students and represent Texas Tech positively, as such, students are typically only awarded this scholarship once during their career at Texas Tech.


The nature of this scholarship recognizes those that give selflessly to help others and the university. This selfless service should be noticeable and make a regular impact. For these reasons, you must be nominated by someone else within the Texas Tech community to receive this scholarship.

How to Apply

Click on the appropriate link under the “Apply” column to apply for a scholarship. Each scholarship requires you to upload the “Photo/Testimonial Release Form” with the application. Should this prohibit you from applying for the scholarship, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Tamara McClain at tamara.mcclain@ttu.edu or 806-742-4996 to discuss possible options.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for.

Scholarship Deadlines

How to Give Back

If you are interested in making a gift to support our scholarship efforts, please click the Support Housing Scholarships link below.

Support Housing Scholarships