Rolandra West


College students in need of financial aid now have a scholarship opportunity.


Texas Wesleyan has various scholarships for students that are enrolled; one in particular being the Hatton W. Sumner’s Scholarship, which has existed for 15 years.


The Sumner’s scholarship program has been active since 1994 and has awarded 45 Wesleyan students over the years. However, the 45 Wesleyan students are only a portion of the Sumner’s scholars.


The other institutions honored in the past have been Austin College, Howard Payne University’s Douglas MacAruthur Academy of Freedom, Schreiner University and Southern Methodist University’s John G. Tower Center of Political Studies.


Also, a limited number of students were awarded the scholarship at Southwestern University, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward’s University and the University of Dallas.


Deborah Roark, director of grants and research, said incoming juniors are eligible to apply, meaning anyone who will be a junior in fall 2012.


The application process is now underway, with a deadline of Feb. 21. All applications are to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at Texas Wesleyan University.


“Generally the foundation trustees select three students as new Sumner’s Scholars for the upcoming fall semester,” Roark said. “Occasionally they have selected four new Scholars for their junior year, and if they maintain their eligibility, then the Scholars are able to receive the scholarship again during their senior year.”


According to the Hatton Sumners website, other requirements include: the student must be a citizen of the United States, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have completed 60 credit hours by the beginning of fall semester, be in good standing with the university and have participated in a reasonable number of school activities that benefit the university.


The scholarship awards up to $3,500 a semester, which is 7,000 a year.


“In addition to a $3,500 scholarship per semester, Sumner’s Scholars participate in a number of lectures and luncheons in Dallas, hosted by the National Center for Policy Analysis, as well as attend Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference hosted by the Center for Ethical Leadership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs,” Roark said.


Mikia Franklin, sophomore education major, said she thinks the scholarship is a good scholarship for students but the requirements are a little steep in terms of being involved in various activities.


“I can understand the 3.0 but having to be involved is a little much. That means you have to be an athlete or something around that nature, and that’s hard for people that work plus go to school. You really don’t have time to be involved,” Franklin said.


Lisa Puente, senior English major, said she was awarded the scholarship at the end of her sophomore year in spring 2010.


She is the president of Mortar Board, a senior honor society, and vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society. She is also involved in Alpha Xi Delta, President’s Ambassadors and Golden Shears.


“When I opened the letter, I thought the first line was an opening for an apology about not receiving the scholarship. However, when I realized it was congratulating me on being chosen as a scholar, I was elated,” Puente said. “It was the best feeling I’ve experienced during my time at Wesleyan. Receiving the scholarship was such an honor in my eyes.”


Puente said she is thankful for the award and the opportunities she has been given since she was awarded the scholarship.