Apply for a Scholarship

How to apply for scholarships

  • Apply to TWU through the Apply Texas application. Wait approximately 3 days for your application to be downloaded and TWU to assign an ID#.
  • Create your Pioneer Portal Account.
  • Go to the TWU Pioneer Scholarship System and apply for scholarships.
  • Complete General Application and Recommended Opportunities. After submitting the general application, Click on Other Recommended Opportunities at the left of the screen to see the options that are available for you. Click Apply next to the scholarships for which you are applying and be sure to note the deadline.

You do not need to be accepted or admitted to a program to be eligible to apply for scholarships. However, scholarships will not be awarded until you are accepted. Be sure to get all of your required documents such as transcripts and test scores submitted as soon as possible. This is information that will help narrow your scholarship options and help you be "auto-matched" for possible New Student Scholarships. 

You may also use financial aid and scholarships for education abroad.

If you have any questions, please email

Scholarship hints

The following is a list of helpful hints useful for students when applying for scholarships.

  • Meet deadlines. Do not wait until the last minute or deadline date to complete the application(s). Some organizations require official transcripts and/or letters of reference. Allow time to assemble all required information.
  • Read through the scholarship information and application before writing on the application form.
  • Follow directions explicitly.
  • Only submit requested information. Additional information may result in your application not being favorably considered. Do not submit letters of recommendation, photos, resumes, or transcripts unless they are requested.
  • Maintain a record of your applications and the dates submitted. Keep a copy of the application and all other information submitted to the organization.
  • If you are asked to write an essay, use accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Have someone proofread your work.
  • Send thank you notes to scholarship donors.
  • Reapply each year, if required.


To be considered for scholarships students must meet the following criteria:  

  • Have all required admission applications and academic transcripts in the TWU Admission's Office or Graduate Admission's Office by the application deadline.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum of 12 hours for undergraduates; minimum 9 hours for graduate students and 6 hours for graduate assistants). EXCEPTIONS: You are graduating the semester of the award or your degree program requires less than full-time enrollment (Example: clinicals, student teaching, thesis, dissertation, or professional paper) or the scholarship description permits part-time enrollment.
  • Declare a major if you are an undergraduate student and have attempted at least 24 semester hours, or you are a graduate student and have attempted at least 12 semester hours.

Scholarships offered outside the university

If you are interested in information regarding additional scholarships offered outside of the university, you can search the following database for scholarships awarded from other agencies.

Other scholarship sources

The TWU Financial Aid Office and Library have directories of private scholarship sources that you are welcome to explore. Go to the Tools and Guides page, then select any of the scholarship and financial aid searches listed. In addition, you may be interested in researching scholarships from these sources:

  • High School (for traditional age entering first-year students)
  • Home-Town Community - Religious organizations and service organizations, such as Lions Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, etc.
  • Government Agencies - Military and Government developmental/recruitment grants/scholarships
  • Professional organizations related to your major
  • Business and Industry - Developmental/recruitment grants/scholarships, internships, your employer (scholarships, tuition assistance, internships), and your parents' or spouse's employer

Out-of-state waivers

Out-of-state students who are awarded $1,000 or more in TWU academic scholarship funds may qualify to pay tuition at the Texas resident rate. Eligible students will be notified if they qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver.

Page last updated 8:42 AM, April 13, 2022