The Foundation has fourteen graduate and undergraduate scholarship programs, seven of which are supported by endowments, in Texas and Oklahoma. In all cases, scholarship applications and administration are handled by the individual institutions.
Working from a pool of candidates deemed qualified in all respects for the Sumners Scholarship by each institution, the Trustees of the Foundation conduct personal interviews of the finalists on each campus and make the final scholarship decisions each spring. In addition to academic excellence, the Trustees seek young men and women who are civically-engaged and posses a capacity for leadership.
The Foundation does not provide applications for its scholarship programs. Those wishing to apply must contact the institution directly. Click on the school's name to be transferred to its website.
Expectations for Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship Recipients
The Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship is a merit-based program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and the potential for leadership. In line with the Foundation’s Statement of Purpose, the Foundation will work to enhance these traits and skills in each Sumners Scholar by making additional, unique educational experiences available.
The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation’s expectations of its Scholars also are driven by its Statement of Purpose. The Trustees expect each Sumners Scholar to:
Endowed Law Schools Scholarships
The Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law provide full tuition & fees, a book allowance and a living allowance. This three-year scholarship requires, among other things, that the recipients rank in the top one-third of their class on an annual basis. Four to six new Scholars are selected at each law school each year.
Endowed Undergraduate School Scholarships
The two-year Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships at Austin
Payne University's Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, Schreiner
University, Southern Methodist University's John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and Texas Wesleyan University are
available for students beginning their junior year. Preferred majors are
in the area of political science, although scholarships have been granted
in education, history, journalism, pre-law and other disciplines.
Non-Endowed Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships
A limited number of Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships are available to students for their junior and senior years at Southwestern University, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edwards University, the University of Dallas and Texas Christian University. Preferred majors are the same as the endowed scholarship programs described above and carry the same academic requirements. Two to four new Sumners Scholars are typically selected each year at these institutions.
The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation also supports Masters of Public Administration scholarships at the University of North Texas. Five new Sumners Scholars are selected at UNT each year.
Additional Program Benefits
In addition to receiving varying degrees of financial support for their collegiate or post-graduate educations, Sumners Scholars enjoy special access to other programs sponsored by the Foundation. These currently include private access to speakers at the Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series; participation in a variety of public policy, leadership and civic participation programs; and access to several educational and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.