For those students looking for extra scholarship for next year at Texas Wesleyan, look no further than the Hatton W. Sumners scholarship opportunities.

There are certain qualifications for candidates.  They must have at a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale), and priority majors include political science, history, pre-law and those who want to teach history, but students with a track record of community service/volunteerism are also sound candidates for possible choice. Applicants must be a U.S. citizens.

The reason the scholarship has this name is because the former Congressman Hatton W. Sumners created this foundation in 1949.  Their main goal is to “encourage the study, teaching and research into the science and art of self-government, to the end that the American People may understand the fundamental principles of democracy and be guided thereby in shaping governmental Policies.” said the hattonsumners.org website.  Sumners also was one of the longest-serving Congressmen in U.S. or Texas history. His terms went from 1915-47, and his foundation is over 50 years old.

Wesleyan is now in the recruitment period for the choice of Sumners Scholars for Fall 2014. Sumners also was one of the longest-serving Congressmen in U.S. or Texas history. His terms went from 1915-47, and his foundation is over 50 years old.

Every eligible student must be of junior level or higher for fall 2014, and there is an application in the financial aid office for upcoming years.  There also are flyers and posters around campus with information about the scholarships. Deadline for 2014-15 was Sunday, Feb. 16.

The scholarship award is $3,500 per semester for  the fall and spring semesters of junior years plus an extra $3,500 per semester for senior fall and spring semesters provided recipients have maintained their eligibility.

Recipients will get the chance to visit many distinguished speaker lectures and luncheon events in Dallas as part of the scholarship and take part in a four-day weekend at UT Austin attending UT’s student leadership conference that will have fellow students and Sumner Scholars throughout the U.S.

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