Financial Aid

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Each graduate program is allotted a number of graduate scholarships and fellowships which may be awarded upon the recommendation of the program directors and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate scholarships may be awarded to cover tuition for up to nine hours of credit each semester. Graduate fellowships may be awarded. Students receiving full fellowships will be expected to work in their department or on other assignments at least five hours per week throughout the semester. Inquiries about scholarships and fellowships should be directed to the program director. Students who wish to hold a fellowship as well as a campus job will need to receive approval prior to beginning work by the Work Study Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Theological Education Scholarships

Various forms of financial aid are available for graduate students in theology. For information see the Logsdon Seminary Catalog or contact the Office of the Dean of Logsdon School of Theology.

Institutional Aid

The following are available through the Office of Enrollment Services:

  • Church Match Grant

Government Aid Programs

The following are available through the Office of Enrollment Services:

  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
  • Federal Work Study

Private student loans are available for students enrolled at least half-time and meet lender-specific credit requirements. Additional information about these loans can be found at http://www.hsutx.edu/offices/financial-aid/private-loans/.

Financial Aid Enrollment Requirements

The number of hours in which students are enrolled has a direct impact upon federal financial aid eligibility. In order to be eligible for full-time financial aid, graduate students must be enrolled in nine or more hours during a long semester (see Ed.D., DMin, KSPR and Math for exceptions). Those enrolled for seven to eight hours will be considered half-time. Those enrolled in three credits of Thesis hours only will be considered half-time. According to federal regulations, students must be enrolled in at least six hours during a long term to receive federal financial aid. During the period which encompasses the short terms (May Term, Summer I, and Summer II), students must take a total of six hours to be eligible for financial assistance, and to be considered as a full-time student (see Ed.D., DMin, KSPR and Math for exceptions). Withdrawing from the university in consecutive long semesters (fall, spring) will result in a review of satisfactory progress toward a degree. According to federal and university guidelines, students not demonstrating progress toward a degree are not eligible for financial aid.

University Financial Aid Policies

Financial assistance is awarded for one year at a time. Separate financial aid applications (FAFSA) must be filed each year. Application materials are available in October for the coming academic year.

Financial assistance is committed only to students who are accepted into a degree program. Students applying for graduate fellowships and/or graduate scholarships must hold provisional or full admission to a graduate program.

All institutional aid, including departmental awards, are HSU-tuition-specific.

The university cooperates in making funds provided by both the federal and state government available to students for grants, employment, and loans. HSU must administer the federal and state programs within prescribed regulations.

All government programs are dependent on funding by federal and state governments. Awards are subject to funding by legislation and are not binding on the university if such programs are not funded.

All applications and requests for information regarding federal and state assistance should be directed to the Office of Enrollment Services, HSU Box 16050, Abilene, TX 79698.

A student can only receive financial aid for repeat of the same course one time for a maximum of two attempts.

To view HSU’s Financial Aid policies, visit www.hsutx.edu/offices/financial-aid/policies

Veterans Benefits

The coordination of benefits for veterans is the responsibility of the Office of the Registrar, which offers assistance to veterans and dependents of veterans. In accordance with the laws regarding veterans in Chapters 30, 31, 34, and 1606 of Title 38 in the United States Code, assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons will be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her training objectives. Students placed on probation who receive VA benefits must show academic improvement every semester they continue on probation.

Endowed Scholarships and Grants

Drs. Robert and Dorothy Barnes Endowed Scholarship

Faculty members at Hardin-Simmons University since 1977, Drs. Robert and Dorothy Barnes endowed this scholarship fund in 1983 for graduate students in counseling and human development. An alumnus of HSU, Dr. Robert Barnes has served as chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development since 1980. Selection of recipients will be made by the chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development on the basis of dedication to the counseling profession and potential for contributing to the discipline of psychological counseling as a healing art.

Conn Bentley Memorial Grant

This grant was endowed in 1974 by Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Bentley in memory of their sons. Postgraduates, graduate students, and undergraduates are eligible. The recipient will be selected by the dean of the Irvin School of Education on the basis of a definite commitment to certification in the field of gifted and talented education and a need for financial aid.

J. M. Cunningham Endowed Ministerial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1988 by J. M. “Buck” Cunningham of Lubbock, Texas. Recipients will be juniors, seniors, or graduate students from the First Baptist Church of Lubbock who are preparing for a preaching ministry. Recipients shall be chosen by the director of financial aid, the dean of the Logsdon School of Theology, and two elected members of First Baptist Church of Lubbock.

Dehnel Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was given in 1986 by Raymond and Novella Dehnel of McCamey, Texas, in memory of Ruby Atwood (X24) a longtime Lubbock high school teacher, and Blonnye Foreman, a Southern Baptist aviation missionary to Brazil. The recipient should be a graduate student seeking at least a minor in psychology. Selection will be made by the Financial Aid Office in consultation with dean of graduate studies and the faculty of the HSU Psychology Department.

Danna Dillingham Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Danna Dillingham was graduated posthumously from Hardin-Simmons University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Education degree. It was her intention to enter HSU’s graduate program in counseling. Following her untimely death in April 1989, Drs. Robert and Dorothy Barnes, along with Danna’s family and friends, established this scholarship in her memory. It will be awarded annually to graduate students in counseling and human development. Selection will be made by the chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development. Eligibility criteria include academic excellence and dedication to the counseling profession.

Drs. Bedford and Oneta Furr Endowed Scholarship

Established by Drs. Bedford and Oneta Furr in 1986 “in profound gratitude to God for His manifold blessing,” this scholarship will provide financial support for worthy graduate students majoring in counseling and human development. Selection of recipients will be made by the chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development.

Gearld Bingham Physician Assistant Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was initially established by a gift from Dr. and Mrs. George Dawson honoring the memory of Gearld Bingham. In addition to the initial gift, other memorial donor gifts were added to the scholarship fund. Proceeds from the fund will provide financial support for graduate students accepted and enrolled in the Physician Assistant program at HSU. Gearld’s life spanned 68 years from November 18, 1946 - November 16, 2015 when he went to be with the Lord. He was born in McAlester, Oklahoma to Eugene and Gearldine Bingham and grew up in Burkburnett, Texas. He attended and graduated from Howard Payne University, where he met Pam Sutterfield whom he married on August 25, 1968 in Midland, Texas. They were blessed with 47 beautiful years together. Gearld enjoyed teaching high school biology and chemistry and was Chairman of the Science Department at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas until he decided to follow his passion for medicine. He attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and graduated as a Physician's Assistant in 1977, and was immediately hired by Dr. George A. Dawson. He practiced with Dr. Dawson for almost 25 years when Dr. Dawson retired. Gearld served his community as a Physicians Assistant for 38 years before retiring from the practice with Dr. Rae Ann Hamilton on October 30, 2015.

Dr. and Mrs. O. E. Harper Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1982 by Dr. and Mrs. O. E. Harper of Abilene, Texas. Proceeds from the fund will provide financial support for worthy graduate students majoring in counseling and human development. Recipients shall be selected by the chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development. Dr. Harper, who died in 1989, was a native of Mississippi and a prominent Abilene physician until his retirement in 1980. Mrs. Harper was a member of the faculty in the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development from 1983 to 1999.

Gladys Rhodes Huddleston Endowed Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the memory of Mrs. Huddleston. She was a graduate of HSU with BA in 1932 and MEd in 1952. She devoted her life to education, having spent her career as a school teacher and her retirement as a tutor, substitute teacher, and adult education teacher. Recipients of this scholarship shall be graduate students in the Irvin School of Education with preference given to current teachers. Recipients of this need-based scholarship will be selected by the dean of the Irvin School of Education.

Ingerson Memorial Graduate Fellowship/Scholarship

This fellowship was established in 1994 by a bequest from the will of Dr. Earl Ingerson. An HSU 1928 summa cum laude chemistry graduate, Dr. Ingerson received an MA in geology from HSU in 1931, a PhD in geology from Yale University, and did post-doctoral work in structural petrology in Innsbruck, Austria. Dr. Ingerson served on the staff of the Carnegie Institution Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC, was chief of the geochemical and petrology branch of the U.S. Geological Survey, professor of geology at the University of Texas at Austin, and associate dean of the Graduate School from 1961–1964. In addition to his distinguished international career in geology and geochemistry, Dr. Ingerson coached the HSU tennis team to the Texas championship in 1926. Recipients will be in the environmental management program, selected by program faculty and program director.

Dr. Clyde T. Jetton Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The Clyde T. Jetton Endowed Scholarship was established by his son, Ronald Clyde Jetton, in 1987. Dr. Jetton was graduate dean and a member of the HSU faculty for 29 years. The income from this endowment is to be awarded annually to a deserving graduate student in psychology who shows evidence of financial need and has at least a 3.0 grade point average. The award will be made by the Financial Aid Office upon recommendation by the dean of graduate studies.

Dr. Bertie Kingore Gifted and Talented Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Irvin School of Education in 1991. The recipient will be selected from among those students working toward the gifted and talented endorsement. Selection will be made by the director of the gifted program in consultation with the dean of the Irvin School of Education.

Susan Kay Livingston Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1996 by Mr. and Mrs. D. V. Livingston of DeLeon, Texas, in honor of their daughter. Recipients shall be physical therapy majors who must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Recipients shall be chosen by the head of the HSU Physical Therapy Department.

Dr. Lois E. Martin Endowed Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Jois Elizabeth Ross and Kenneth Gebhard Martin, children of Dr. Lois E. Martin, with initial funds coming from the prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Award for distinguished educators and the Hugh Roy Cullen Award for excellence in teaching, honors which Dr. Martin earned in 1980. Joining the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University in 1964, Dr. Martin founded the program in counseling and human development and served as department head until her death in 1980. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is majoring in counseling and human development. Selection will be made by the chairman of the HSU Department of Counseling and Human Development on the basis of dedication to the counseling profession. Special consideration will be given to previous recipients of this scholarship.

The Mary Paxton Pender Graduate Music Scholarship

The Mary Paxton Pender Graduate Music Scholarship Endowment was given in her memory by family and friends of the family. The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduate student who is majoring in voice, piano, or choral conducting. The award will be made by the School of Music Scholarship Committee in consultation with the dean of the School of Music. Mary Paxton was born in Abilene in 1893 and attended Simmons Academy and Simmons College, graduating in 1911. She married Herman Arthur Pender who also attended Simmons College. She served as a trustee of Hardin-Simmons University for 28 years, following in the footsteps of her father, George Lee Paxton, for whom Cowden-Paxton Hall was named. Mary Paxton Pender, a great patron of the arts, was particularly interested in the School of Music and its students. She was named a patroness by Sigma Alpha Iota national women’s fraternity. This scholarship is in recognition of her many years of support for Christian education and music.

Hubert C. and Grace V. Toombs Endowed Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Hubert and Grace Toombs established this scholarship through two gift annuities in 1990 and 1997. The scholarship will benefit promising and exceptional students in graduate programs. The dean of graduate studies, in consultation with the Graduate Council, will select recipients of this scholarship. Eligibility will include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for an initial award and 3.5 to renew the scholarship.

Watts Alpha Chi Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1967 by the members of Alpha Chi honoring Dr. Otto O. Watts, longtime head of the HSU Chemistry Department, and his wife, Lela May. With this scholarship Alpha Chi members honored the Watts for a lifetime of service as sponsors of Alpha Chi. Recipients shall be worthy graduate students having financial difficulties. They must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and are selected by the sponsor of Alpha Chi and the dean of graduate studies

Honors and Awards

Hemphill Graduate Honor Award

The HSU Graduate School recognizes the outstanding master’s/doctorate candidate at the May commencement exercises with the Hemphill Graduate Honor Award. This award recognizes the graduate who has excelled in his/her academic studies, possesses character and behavior consistent with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to his/her chosen field. The recipient is selected by the Graduate Council. This award has been endowed by the late Dr. Lee Hemphill and the late Mrs. Lunelle Nix Hemphill. Dr. Hemphill served as vice president of development and was a vice president emeritus.

Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence

The HSU Graduate School recognizes the outstanding master’s candidate at the December commencement exercises with the Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes the graduate who has excelled in his/her academic studies, possesses character and behavior consistent with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to his/her chosen field. A committee of graduate program directors in conjunction with the dean of graduate studies selects the recipient. This award is funded by an anonymous endowment.