2024 Application Guide for Texas State University Graduate Merit Fellowship


Scholarship Awarding University: 

Type of degree: 
Master’s and PhD

Scholarship Deadline: 
Applications for this scholarship will end on the 15th of March, 2024.

Scholarship Summary: 
Texas State Graduate Merit Fellowships (Spoonamore Graduate Merit Fellowship, Gowens Graduate Merit Fellowship, Dreeben Graduate Merit Fellowship, Merrick Graduate Merit Fellowship, Celebrity Classic Scholarship) are prestigious awards intended for use in recruiting master’s students (domestic and international) of the highest quality to Texas State University.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria: 
In order to be eligible for the merit fellowship, applicants must have the following qualifications:
unconditional admission to a master's program at Texas State University
no current or previous enrollment in a master's program at Texas State University
ranking as one of the top three applicants to their program
highly competitive entry GPA
highly competitive GRE or GMAT (if required for admission to the program)
evidence of awards, recognition, honors, fellowships, or other indicators of future success
outstanding letters of recommendation
superior statement of purpose

Value of Scholarship: 
Texas State Graduate Merit Fellowships provide $3,000 to new master’s students for their first academic year of study (paid in early September, January, and June). Approximately 35 awards will be made each year.

Scholarship Application Guide: 
To apply;
i. Only the graduate advisor can nominate applicants for the merit fellowship. Each program can nominate up to three applicants. In order to nominate an applicant, the graduate advisor must write a one-page nomination letter suitable for a non-specialized audience and include the following information about the applicant: 
  • past academic success
  • relevant experiences outside of the classroom
  • indicators of future success and fit with the program
  • rank as one of the top three applicants
ii. An electronic copy of the letter of nomination must be sent by the deadline of March 15 to The Graduate College via the secure file transfer.
iii. In addition to the nomination letter, the applicant's GPA, GRE or GMAT score (if required by the program), letters of recommendation, resume/CV, and the statement of purpose will be provided to the fellowship committee. If the program does not require these documents for admission, the graduate advisor must tell the applicant to send the following documents via the secure file transfer by the deadline of March 15:
  • statement of purpose
  • resume or CV showing evidence of awards, recognition, honors, fellowships, or other indicators of future success
  • three letters of recommendation (sent directly by the recommenders)
iv. Doctoral and regular graduate faculty representing the academic colleges on campus will serve on the merit fellowship committee. The committee will make recommendations for both winners and alternates, and final decisions will be made by the Dean of The Graduate College. Official award letters will be distributed to nominators shortly thereafter. 

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at the Texas State University Graduate Merit Fellowship Page.