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Sumners Scholars Program

Thanks to the generosity of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, junior-level students in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy may apply for admission into a highly competitive and richly rewarding program.

Sumners Scholars receive invitations to colloquia featuring some of the world’s most notable leaders. Past speakers have included President Gerald Ford, Benjamin Netanyahu, Queen Noor of Jordan, George Will, Clarence Thomas, James Baker and many more.

An annual policy weekend is hosted by the National Center for Policy Analysis, affording Sumners Scholars in-depth investigation into the pressing issues facing our nation today. The University of Texas’s Center for Ethical Leadership also sponsors an annual program, which Sumners Scholars attend free of charge. The foundation’s mission aligns perfectly with that of Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: 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. (Source)


The Sumners Scholarship provides $6,000 per semester for four semesters. The Sumners Scholarship is in addition to university scholarships that current HPU students receive or transfer students are eligible to receive. If the combined package of university scholarships and the Sumners Scholarship exceeds tuition, the excess can be applied toward fees, books, and room and board. Students cannot receive more than the cost of attendance to the university. The Academy Admissions Committee will nominate up to 12 applicants to be interviewed by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Trustees, who will determine the number of recipients each year.

To receive the two-year scholarship, applications must be submitted during the sophomore year of college. Students will receive $6,000 per semester for the junior and senior years through the Sumners Scholarship.

Assistance from the Sumners Scholarship is available only during regular fall and spring semesters. The scholarship is renewed each semester for students who maintain a 3.25 GPA and fulfill additional requirements for the Academy of Freedom program.

For information regarding other available scholarships, loans and grants, contact HPU’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

Qualifications and Selection

Sumners Scholarship applicants must be United States citizens and have at least 60 semester hours by the beginning of the fall semester of the junior year. They also must have a cumulative 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. No advanced hours may be transferred as advanced hours from a junior college. Selection is based on academic proficiency, extracurricular achievement, apparent capacity for public service and information furnished in a written application.

Nominations for Sumners Scholarships will be made by the Director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy to the Trustees of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. Final selection will follow personal interviews on the Howard Payne University campus by a committee of Sumners Foundation Trustees. Expenses incurred by nominees attending interviews will be covered by the university.


Sumners Scholarship Application
Sumners Scholarship Recommendation Form
Sumners Autobiographical Essay – RTF Template
Sumners Autobiographical Essay – Word Template

Detailed instructions are provided on the second page of the application form. With Adobe Acrobat Reader, click into the first field of the application to enter text. Use the tab key to move to each field. When you are finished, print off the form and return it through the mail. You will also need to have four references, two of whom must be professors currently familiar with your academic performance, complete the recommendation form and attach it to a formal letter of recommendation. In addition, you will need to complete the required autobiographical essay and provide a formal resume.


The application deadline is March 15 and final selection is in April. Qualified students must submit applications to:

Dr. Justin D. Murphy, Director
Guy D. Newman Honors Academy
Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, Texas 76801-2794

In addition, applicants must apply and be admitted to Howard Payne University in order to be considered for the Sumners Scholarship. For information about applying to Howard Payne University, visit the Office of Admission page.