The Circle of Achievement is a society of college scholars who have achieved academic excellence within the College of Fine Arts & Communication. This circle honors approximately 15-20 students annually in an awards celebration during the Spring semester. All undergraduate students who are members of the Circle receive a Circle of Achievement Academic Stole to wear at their graduation ceremony.
Members are recipients of the following scholarships and honors:
The Presidential Upper Level Scholarship program provides financial assistance and special recognition to a limited number of undergraduate students who have been outstanding in their college work. Each scholarship is valued at $1,200.00. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, a student must earn 60 or more credits by the time the scholarship is awarded with 30 of those hours being earned at Texas State. Other criteria include academic achievement, breadth of interests and achievements, leadership in department/school activities.
Dr. John Ralph Harrel was the first Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The Harrel Outstanding Senior Award goes to students with the highest GPA in each of the five units of the College who graduate Spring semester or the preceding Summer or Fall semesters.
The Outstanding Graduate Award considers graduate students with outstanding academic achievement; a graduate student who has made a significant contribution to scholarship and has left his/her mark on a department or school.
The University Scholars program provides scholarships to a limited number of first-time freshmen who have demonstrated superior achievement and potential. The awards are $3,000 annually for a maximum of $12,000. To continue to receive this scholarship, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each long semester and maintain a Texas State cumulative GPA of 3.25. Scholarship support is limited to 4 years.
Founded in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Terry Foundation Scholarship was initiated at Texas State University in 2004. Since then, the number of current Terry Scholars has grown to over 100 students. The goal of the foundation is to assist Texas high school students who have excelled in the areas of academics, service and leadership, and provide these students with the means to attend college when other funding might not be attainable. Current Terry Scholars are also active participants in the Honors Program at Texas State, as well as the Texas State Terry Scholars Student Organization. Terry Scholars are awarded full-ride scholarships that are renewable for up to four years based upon meeting all renewal eligibility criteria consisting of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment. Terry Transfer Scholars are awarded on average $13,000 - $15,000 per year and are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study based upon meeting all renewal eligibility criteria consisting of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.