Star Scholarship Fund|Awards Scholarships 

The Stars Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students pursuing full-time undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees, at any accredited college or university.

Stars Scholarship Fund recipients represent every level of higher education and all fields of study, as students of either gender, ethnicity, religion, or background are eligible to receive the award.

Each application is assessed for eligibility and scored based on quantitative data from the applicant’s application records. Kindly read through the contents of this article.

About The Scholarship

The scholarship application process ensures that candidates are selected fairly and objectively, with each candidate demonstrating academic excellence and financial need. The Stars Scholarship Fund awards its recipients based on three (3) factors:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) – obtained from the official transcript
  • Earned Hours – obtained from an official transcript
  • Financial Need – obtained from the Student Aid Report

The student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines the financial need. This measures the family’s ability to pay for the child’s college education as determined by the Federal Government.

The lower the EFC score, the greater the family’s need. As a result, families with low EFC scores generally qualify for Pell Grant aid to assist in paying their tuition. The amount of aid received varies from student to student.

Students who do not qualify for Pell Grants or do not receive enough to cover their Cost of Attendance must borrow funds to cover aid or pay expenses out of pocket.

For families that do not have the income to cover those additional expenses, parents and students are left to borrow the difference to fill the gap.

The Stars Scholarship Fund aims to fill the gap for students who demonstrate high academic achievement to reduce student debt.

Level/Field of Study:

  • Community College:

Students who will be attending a Community College for the new academic year and will be enrolled PART-TIME (6+ hours) during each semester or Students who will be attending a Community College for the new academic year and will be enrolled FULL-TIME (12+ hours) during each semester.

Part-time or full-time will be determined at enrolment verification for recipients (full award for the full-time, half award for part-time).

  • Undergraduate Full-Time:

Students attending a university for the new academic year in an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) program will be enrolled FULL-TIME (12+ hours) during each semester.*

  • Graduate Full-Time:

Students who will be attending a university for the new academic year in a graduate (Master’s, Law or Doctoral) program will be enrolled FULL-TIME (9+ hours) during each semester.*

Host Nationality:

The Scholarship is hosted in the USA.

Eligible Nationalities:

The Scholarship is designed for USA Students who wish to pursue their full-time undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree at any accredited college or university of their choice.

Star Scholarship Worth:

The value is estimated at $105,000 for North Carolina residents and $155,000 for out-of-state students.

Star Scholarship Requirements:

Interested applicants must have met the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship;

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551.
  • Be a permanent resident (5 or more consecutive years) and have a permanent South or West Texas address in one of our 30 counties. Eligible countries include;
    Texas; Aransas Hudspeth, Nueces. Bee, Jeff Davis, Pecos, Brewster, Jim Hogg, Presidio, Brooks, Jim Well, Refugio, Cameron, Karnes, San Patricio, Culberson, Kenedy, Starr, Duval Kleberg Terrell, El Paso La Salle, Webb, Goliad, Live Oak, Willacy, Hidalgo, McMullen, and Zapata
  • Have earned/completed at least 12 undergraduate credit hours at a U.S.-accredited college or university before applying for the scholarship.
  • Have a minimum college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed a high school diploma or its equivalent before the Fall of the new academic year.
  • Are enrolled in the U.S. accredited 2 yr. Community college (part-time or full-time) in a degree-seeking program or a 4yr. University undergraduate program (enrolled full-time) seeking a Bachelor’s Degree, or a university graduate program (enrolled full-time) seeking a Master’s, Law or Doctorate degree

Reviews and Accolades made by presidents and stakeholders

Here are some reviews and accolades made by presidents and stakeholders in different community colleges in South/West Texas.

“The Stars Scholarship Fund is an outstanding financial resource to students in south Texas. Laredo Community College is proud to partner with this organization to help students achieve their professional dreams and create a more prosperous Texas.”

-Dr. Juan L. Maldonado

President, Laredo Community College

“STC’s partnership with the Stars Scholarship Fund has made it possible for almost 500 students, who are the first in their families to go to college, to attend STC. This collaboration with Stars remains focused on our institutional vision of improving the quality of life for our communities.

STC is transforming the region by serving as the pathway to prosperity and helping create high-skill, high-wage jobs. The opportunity to attend college positively impacts the lives of these students, their families, and future generations of South Texans.”

-Dr. Shirley A. Reed     

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President, South Texas College

“The majority of our students at Texas A&M International University are first-generation college-bound and cannot afford the dream of a college degree without financial aid and scholarships.

Star’s philanthropy and the generosity of its donors provide major support for the students of TAMIU and south Texas. Without their assistance and that of others, our students would have a hard time fulfilling their dream.”

Link for More Information:

To make inquiries about this scholarship, visit the official website. You can get information on acquiring a visa for a study abroad program.

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