News Archives: Financial Aid

HPU among beneficiaries of TexasBank’s generosity

TexasBank scholarship group photoBROWNWOOD – May 31, 2018 – Howard Payne University is among several local and area educational institutions benefitting from $88,000 in scholarship funds TexasBank has gifted this year through the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation.

In addition to HPU, which received $25,000, institutions benefitting from these funds include Tarleton State University and Texas State Technical College Regents Circle. Additional scholarships totaling $33,000 have been gifted to graduating high school students from Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties.

“HPU is thankful for community partners like TexasBank,” said Randy Yeakley, HPU’s vice president for development. “The institution’s investment in HPU students and other students throughout the community and area will pay dividends for many years to come.”

TexasBank is a community bank committed to serving all customers in Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties, as well as all neighboring counties. TexasBank has 10 conveniently located full-service banking centers in the region.

“The Board and Ownership of TexasBank is proud to continue our commitment to the education of future leaders of the communities we serve in Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties,” said Greg Dodds, TexasBank president and CEO in a news release issued by the bank. “We believe the success of these up and coming leaders adds to the long-term stability of the economies of our communities. Making a real difference in the lives of these students and their families is what community banking is all about; it sets us apart and nothing is more rewarding.”

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Cutline: Several HPU students are current recipients of the James and Dorothy Doss Scholarship distributed by TexasBank. Left to right: Hayley Megarity, Conner Drew, Devin Caraway, Keegan Torres, Greg Dodds (TexasBank president and CEO), Dr. Bill Ellis (HPU president), Jaze Randolph and Peyton Donahoo.

HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship offers financial assistance to area students

HPU campus skylineBROWNWOOD – May 16, 2018 – The Central Texas Scholarship offered by Howard Payne University provides financial support to area students. The scholarship awards $15,000 annually, totaling $60,000 over four years to each eligible student. Students become eligible for the scholarship if they are graduates of high schools in the Central Texas area, meet unconditional admission requirements for HPU and enroll full time in the fall and spring semesters.

HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship area encompasses high schools or homeschools in Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Burnet, Coke, Concho, Coryell, Erath, Fisher, Gillespie, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Jones, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McLellan, Menard, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Runnels, Schleicher, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Sutton, Taylor, Tom Green and Williamson counties.

Students have the opportunity to thrive in HPU’s Christ-focused atmosphere while choosing from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. HPU students benefit from a 10:1 student-faculty ratio that affords more individualized interaction and attention.

Numerous opportunities for extracurricular student involvement at HPU include the Baptist Student Ministry, collegiate athletics, intramural sports, Moot Court, Model U.N. and Student Speaker Bureau, along with many more student events and activities. Athletes at HPU compete in the NCAA Division III’s American Southwest Conference in six men’s sports and six women’s sports.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about the Central Texas scholarship and other opportunities at HPU, please visit www.hputx.edu or contact the Office of Admission at enroll@hputx.edu or 325-649-8020.

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Cutline: Located in Brownwood, Howard Payne University offers the Central Texas Scholarship specifically to area students.

HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship offers financial assistance to students from local area

HPU seal on gateBROWNWOOD – May 16, 2018 – The Heart of Texas Scholarship offered by Howard Payne University provides financial support to future students from Brown and surrounding counties. The scholarship awards $15,000 annually, totaling $60,000 over four years to each eligible student. Students become eligible for the scholarship if they are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, meet unconditional admission requirements for HPU and enroll full time in the fall and spring semesters.

The Heart of Texas area encompasses high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

Caleb Callaway, sophomore Christian studies major from Early and Heart of Texas scholarship recipient, said the scholarship has proven to be helpful to him as he studies at HPU.

“The Heart of Texas Scholarship helps me to pursue my desire to get a Christian education,” said Callaway. “Having the Heart of Texas Scholarship gives me a lot of financial security.”

Students have the opportunity to thrive in HPU’s Christ-focused atmosphere while choosing from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. HPU students benefit from a 10:1 student-faculty ratio that affords more individualized interaction and attention.

Hannah Williams, a fellow Heart of Texas scholarship recipient and sophomore elementary education major from May, notes that this interaction is a significant benefit of studying at HPU.

“I love how the professors love the students like their own families,” said Williams. “That’s exactly what HPU is – a family.”

Numerous opportunities for extracurricular student involvement at HPU include the Baptist Student Ministry, collegiate athletics, intramural sports, Moot Court, Model U.N. and Student Speaker Bureau, along with many more student events and activities. Athletes at HPU compete in the NCAA Division III’s American Southwest Conference in six men’s sports and six women’s sports.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Located in Brownwood, Howard Payne University offers the Heart of Texas Scholarship specifically to students in Brown County and surrounding counties.

HPU to host financial aid seminar for area parents

HPU's Old Main TowerBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – Parents of area high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about financing a college education are invited to attend a free financial aid seminar at Howard Payne University on Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 6 p.m. All parents are welcome at the seminar, even if their children do not plan to attend HPU. The event will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

During the event, Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, will provide information on the college financial aid process with special emphasis on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

According to Huff, many universities have early priority dates for awarding financial aid.

“Students who will start college in fall 2017 should begin considering financial aid options as soon as possible,” she said. “Those who apply for aid early may have better options than those who wait to the last minute.”

Representatives from HPU’s Office of Admission will also be at the seminar to provide more information about the university. HPU offers many financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to students from high schools or homeschool programs in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

For more information about the seminars or the Heart of Texas Scholarship, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or pgramling@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU will host a financial aid seminar on November 15 to discuss the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as HPU scholarship opportunities. Pictured is the university’s Old Main Tower.

Marroquin receives HPU New Braunfels Center’s J. Mart Findlater Scholarship

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BROWNWOOD – September 27, 2016 – Marzena Marroquin of New Braunfels has been awarded Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center’s J. Mart Findlater Scholarship. The scholarship, the first to be presented by HPU in New Braunfels, provides $2,700 per semester.

Marroquin, a sophomore business administration major, graduated from Canyon High School in New Braunfels in 2014. She is the daughter of Linda Medrano Martinez of New Braunfels.

“We are honored to have Marzena as the recipient of HPU NB’s first scholarship,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region. “Marzena is the type of student who makes her hometown proud and we are thrilled to have her as a student. I am excited to see what the future has in store for her.”

The scholarship was established in memory of J. Mart Findlater by family members to benefit a graduate of the Communities In Schools of South Central Texas program.

“We are thrilled that this scholarship is benefitting one of our Communities In Schools of South Central Texas graduates, opening doors to a high-quality education at Howard Payne University in such a supportive and more intimate environment,” said Christine (Chris) Douglas, chief executive officer of Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc. “We share our appreciation with the donors!”

J. Mart Findlater was a son of Irish immigrants who came to Texas in 1882. Findlater’s father, a rancher who realized other ranchers had a constant need for supplies, founded the Findlater Hardware Co. in San Angelo in 1895 and sold windmills, pipe fittings, water towers and fencing materials. J. Mart Findlater became one of the first Boy Scout Leaders in San Angelo and attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, and Texas A&M University in College Station. He also served in the Texas Calvary during World War I. After the war, he joined the family business and eventually became president of Findlater Hardware Co., a position he held for more than 50 years. He passed away in 1972 and is remembered for his unselfish nature, strong Christian faith, integrity and patriotism.

To establish a scholarship at HPU NB, contact Christy Meinecke at cmeinecke@hputx.edu or call 830-629-2366.

Since 2012, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. The center recently opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, New Braunfels, TX 78130. More information about HPU NB is available online at www.hputx.edu/nb.

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Photo cutline: HPU sophomore Marzena Marroquin, of New Braunfels, is the recipient of HPU New Braunfels Center’s J. Mart Findlater Scholarship.

HPU student receives UPS Scholarship

Sarahi CastilloBROWNWOOD – August 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Sarahi Castillo, a senior kinesiology major from El Paso, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship in the amount of $2,600 provided by the ICUT Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Castillo is the daughter of Maria C. Medina and Larry Medina of El Paso and a 2013 graduate of Montwood High School. She is also a member of the HPU women’s basketball team.

At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $101,400 in UPS Scholarships to 39 students at private institutions across Texas.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.
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Photo cutline: HPU senior Sarahi Castillo is the recipient of this year’s UPS Scholarship.

HPU junior Sarahi Castillo awarded UPS Scholarship

BROWNWOOD – September 22, 2015 – Sarahi Castillo, a junior at Howard Payne University, was recently selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the ICUT Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Sarahi is the daughter of Maria C. Medina and Larry Medina of El Paso and a 2013 graduate of Montwood High School. She is majoring in exercise and sport science at HPU and is a member of the women’s basketball team.

At the national level, CIC teams with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through the program this year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $88,200 in UPS Scholarships to 36 students at private institutions across Texas.

CIC is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. One of CIC’s major program areas is its work with member fundraising consortia of private colleges, including the ICUT Foundation.

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Photo cutline: HPU junior Sarahi Castillo was recently awarded a UPS Scholarship.

HPU to host financial aid seminars for parents of local students

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2014 – Parents of local junior and senior high school students are invited to attend a free seminar covering general college financial aid information with an emphasis on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event will be hosted by Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, at 6:30 p.m. on January 29 and February 5 in the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus.

According to Huff, it is extremely advantageous to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1.

“Some universities have very early priority dates for awarding financial aid funds,” she said. “These sessions are open to parents of all area students, even those not planning to enroll at HPU.”

University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet unconditional admission requirements.

For more information about the seminars or scholarships, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or pgramling@hputx.edu. For more information about HPU financial aid, visit www.hputx.edu/financialaid or call (325) 649-8015.

HPU scholarship creates new opportunities for Lampasas-area students

Emily Ramsey for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2014 – One of the most appealing aspects of Howard Payne University, according to freshman Emily Ramsey from Lampasas, is the sense of community.

“HPU is like a small town in itself,” she said. “It feels a lot like Lampasas. It’s a very personable school – everybody knows you and the teachers care about you and are focused on your success.”

Emily said she has no doubt God led her to HPU.

“I applied here and one other university,” she said. “I got a great scholarship to attend HPU, but none from the other university. It was an easy decision.”

She is one of many students receiving HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship, which awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas and the surrounding counties. Students such as Emily are finding they can attend a nationally recognized university not far from home.

“I’m only an hour away from Lampasas, but I still have the space I need away from home,” she said. “I know I can go home at any time and I also have friends and professors here who I can trust with anything.”

Emily is a business management major with a concentration in marketing/advertising and a minor in computer information systems. When not in class, she spends most of her hours at her on-campus job, Fambrough’s Eatery & Coffee Bar. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’ve always been a worker,” she said. “I got my first job at 16, and I haven’t stopped working since.”

Her position allows her to interact with others on campus.

“Emily always seems to enjoy talking to students, faculty and staff while she prepares and serves their food,” said PJ Gramling, director of admission. “And we enjoy talking with her! She is a great addition to our campus.”

After graduation, Emily plans on having a career in advertising with a focus on web design. At HPU, she’s found the support she needs to help her achieve those goals.

“I can go to my professors at any time for any reason,” she said. “I love HPU. It is the perfect school for me.”

To learn more about HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship, call the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or e-mail enroll@hputx.edu. For more information about Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Emily Ramsey is one of many students receiving HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship, which awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas and the surrounding counties.

HPU to host financial aid seminar for parents of area high school students

BROWNWOOD – Feb. 3, 2014 – Parents of area juniors and seniors in high school are invited to a free seminar at Howard Payne University to learn more about financing college educations. HPU will host the meeting on financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, will discuss the financial aid process with a special emphasis on the FAFSA, the application used to award loans and grants to students at universities across the nation.

According to Huff, it is extremely essential to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1.

“Some schools have very early ‘priority dates’ for awarding financial aid funds,” she said. “Parents of all area students, even those not planning to enroll at HPU, are welcome to attend this session.”

University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet the requirements.

For more information about the seminars, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or pgramling@hputx.edu. For more information about HPU financial aid, visit www.hputx.edu/financialaid or call (325) 649-8015.