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Scholarships / Awards

Undergraduate Scholarships
Minot State University offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships funded from gifts to the University. Scholarships are based on academic achievements, financial need and other criteria defined by the donors.  For a list of scholarships, view the undergraduate catalog.

How to apply
The link to the 2018-2019 academic year scholarship application will be available December 1, 2017. Not all Colleges and/or Departments use the online scholarship application. Be sure to check with your College and/or Department for additional scholarship information.

Automatic 4-Year Awards for New Freshman Students - beginning Fall 2018
The Minot State University 4-Year award program provides a renewable 4-Year award opportunity for academically successful new freshman students.

New freshman students must be admitted (Apply Now) to Minot State University by the priority deadline of July 1 for fall semester applicants and December 1 for spring semester applicants. Awards are based on official unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT scores provided to the MSU Enrollment Services Office. No additional application other than the application for admission is required for this award.

The combination of final unweighted high school GPA and best composite ACT or equivalent combined SAT score provided to MSU will determine the award amount per student. Awards will be disbursed equally between fall and spring semesters. All Awards are subject to change.

Freshman Awards:

UP TO $12,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
30+
(or 1390+
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $3,000
3.5 – 3.79 $2,000
3.0 – 3.49 $1,500

UP TO $8,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
26 - 29
(or 1240 – 1380
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $2,000
3.5 – 3.79 $1,500
3.0 – 3.49 $1,000

UP TO $6,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
21 - 25
(or 1060 – 1230
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $1,500
3.5 – 3.79 $1,000
3.0 – 3.49 $750

UP TO $4,000 OVER 4 YEARS
ACT Score:
19 - 20
(or 980 – 1050
SAT score)
High School GPA Award per Year
3.8 – 4.0 $1,000
3.5 – 3.79 $750
3.0 – 3.49 $500

Notice! Freshman Award Priority Deadline: July 1
(may continue to be awarded after the priority deadline, depending on funding availability)
  • New first year freshman student* with US or Canadian citizenship
  • All eligible fully admitted new freshman applicants will be evaluated based on the following information recorded by the MSU Enrollment Services Office:
    • Unweighted high school GPA
    • Composite ACT score or equivalent total SAT score
    • Must be fully admitted to MSU by July 1 for fall applicants and December 1 for spring applicants and meet the academic standards
    • New freshman students who start in the summer semester will be evaluated and awarded with the following fall semester applicants
    • Students fully admitted after the priority deadline may be considered if funding is available

        *Transfer students are not eligible for the MSU Automatic 4-Year Award

Students must:

  • Be enrolled in 12 or more MSU credits by the end of the 100% refund period for the 16 week semester (Financial Aid census date) each fall and spring semester
    • Collaborative classes are not included in the 12 credit enrollment minimum
  • Be continuously enrolled in consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • Maintain 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA 
  • Successfully complete 24 or more total MSU credits during the fall and spring semesters
    • Collaborative credits do not count as completed credits for the Automatic 4-Year Award
    • Remedial MSU credits do count as completed credits for the Automatic 4-Year Award
    • Successful completion requires a D or higher grade
    • Spring admits will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in their first semester to renew for the next year
    • Summer term can be used to make up credits to complete 24 total credits or to improve GPA if needed
    • Students who withdraw or do not complete the 24 total credits per academic year will not be eligible to renew the award for subsequent years

Automatic 4-Year Awards:

  • Are renewable for up to eight consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • Will be disbursed equally between fall and spring semesters
  • Will be evaluated for renewal at the end of spring semester each year
  • Are subject to change

The MSU Automatic 4-Year Awards will not be available to students:

  • Eligible for a more beneficial program such as the MSU Spouse Dependent Tuition Waiver or ND Veterans Dependent Tuition Waiver program
  • Enrolled in Study Abroad experiences with no regular MSU Tuition charged
  • Enrolled in programs that require remission of tuition to other organization
  • Transferring to MSU 

The MSU Automatic 4-Year Award may be reduced or not available in situations where the student is eligible for direct tuition payment from a third party payer.

The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed an amount equal to the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus). Institutional funds include tuition waivers and scholarships.


2017-2018 General Scholarship & Award Program Application: Applications received after the February 15, 2017 priority deadline will be considered as funds are available. 
2017-2018 Application
Undergraduate Scholarship Terms and Conditions


Undergraduate Award Programs:
Pre-2018, Minot State University offered the following award programs for new students. View archived award program terms and conditions


New Transfer Student Award-New transfer students may apply for the Great Plains Transfer Student Scholar Award by applying for admission and submitting the MSU Scholarship and Award Program Application by the February 15 priority deadline* to be considered for the Transfer Award.  View criteria here.  

Cultural Diversity Award-New freshmen and transfer students may apply for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver  by applying for admission and submitting the MSU Scholarship and Award Program Application by the February 15 priority deadline*.  

*Late applications will be considered as funds are available.


All recipients of scholarships and awards are encouraged to “Be Seen Be Heard” by actively participating in one or more of our 60 student clubs and organizations.

Additional scholarship information:

MSU SCHOLARSHIPS: Undergraduate Scholarship Terms and Conditions

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

If a student received an external scholarship, the scholarship check should be sent to the following address:

Minot State University
Attn: Financial Aid 
500 University Ave West
Minot, ND 58707

Scholarship checks can also be delivered directly to the Financial Aid Office, 2nd floor of the MSU Administration building. External Scholarships must be accounted for in a student's financial aid. If a scholarship check is written out to the student, an endorsement must be provided. If you have questions regarding external scholarships, please contact our office at 701-858-3375 or financialaid@minotstateu.edu.