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Five selected as HPU Sumners Scholars

Five Howard Payne University students enrolled in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy program have been selected as Sumners Scholars. Acceptance into the Sumners Scholar Program, created by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, is based on an assessment of academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and leadership potential.

This year’s selected scholars are Conner Faught, junior from Brownfield; Lexie Hobby, junior from Burleson; Lucy Manning, junior from Fort Worth; Sierra Ross, junior from Galveston; and Lauren Piper, sophomore from Early.

Students are selected for the competitive four-semester program, after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation. The foundation provides a $7,500-per-semester stipend for its participating students to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board.

Sumners Scholars are also provided with opportunities to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences to supplement their learning and expand their growth potential. While receiving the scholarship, students are required to maintain a 3.25 GPA and be in good standing with the university.

“We’re continually blessed by our relationship with the Sumners Foundation, which has generously supported the Sumners Scholar program here for more than four decades,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of the Honors Academy. “The financial and experiential support the foundation offers is immense – it’s often a truly life-changing opportunity for each Sumners Scholar. We’re tremendously proud of these students, their achievement with this honor and the potential they hold for strong, Christian leadership in each of their worlds.”

For more information about the Sumners Scholars Program at HPU, visit


Cutline: Five Guy D. Newman Honors Academy students have been named Sumners Scholars. Pictured from left to right are Conner Faught, Lauren Piper, Lexie Hobby, Sierra Ross and Lucy Manning.

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