The Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship (SH6135)

The Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship honors a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and his wife. Professor Houston taught Swift, Pope, Milton, the English novel, and the contemporary novel at Texas State from 1937 to 1978. He was the first president of the Faculty Senate (1958-59), departmental chair, and Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts. He served as president of the Conference of College Teachers of English and the Texas Folklore Society and co-founded the Texas Association of Chairmen of Departments of English. To commemorate Texas State’s seventy-fifth anniversary, he authored Rosemary for Remembrance: A Memoir, a history of the English department. Francys McNew Houston taught English and served as counselor for students at San Marcos High School and for juveniles supervised by the state district court. The Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in English.

Students eligible for this scholarship will:

  • Be enrolled and complete coursework as a full time English major student each semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held. Students graduating Fall term of the academic year for which the scholarship is held are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Be enrolled in at least one English course each semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the Fall in order to receive the scholarship for the Spring.

If you have any questions about this scholarship, please consult the English Scholarship FAQ here: If you have further questions, contact Dr. Chevaillier in the English Department at

College of Liberal Arts, CoLA - English
Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicants must submit a single PDF with the following in this order:.

    • An essay explaining why you are majoring in English (500 words maximum).
    • Transcript(s) (may be unofficial).
    • 2-3 sentences introducing yourself to the donors.
  2. You must also obtain two letters of recommendation by the deadline. (Please note: English Department Scholarship Committee members may not submit letters of recommendation. Committee members are Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Deb Balzhiser, Cyrus Cassells, Leah Schwebel, Eric Leake, and Kathryn Ledbetter).
    • Recommender: Name and Email Address
  3. Will you graduate before Spring 2023?