School of Media Arts & Design Scholarships

MSUM School of Media Arts & Design offers a variety of animation, film production and studies, graphic & interactive design scholarships for current and incoming students. Scholarships are listed below. Students can apply for university scholarships through the online scholarship application October 1-February 1.

The Carol Gaede Scholarship Award was established to honor Dr. Carol Gaede for her long-standing commitment to excellence and learning in the disciplines of Communication Studies, Film Studies, and Theatre Arts. The scholarship is a financial award that honors academic, artistic/creative, and/or service achievement in a student who is a declared major in communication studies, film or theatre arts.

Requirements: Less than 64 credits, 3.0 GPA, creativity and service to community.

No additional requirements needed


  1. Applicant must be an MSUM School of Media Arts and Design major and have at least one year (two semesters) remaining at MSUM.
  2. Applicant must demonstrate strong abilities in their chosen area of emphasis.
  3. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA in MSUM School of Media Arts and Design course work and a 2.75 GPA overall in MSUM course work.
  4. This is an upper level scholarship and an application can be submitted as early as the Spring Semester of the sophomore year of study.
  5. Applicant must have completed at least one introductory art course and be currently enrolled in or have finished at least one art studio class at the 303 level or above.
  6. Current recipients of the scholarship must reapply each year if they wish to receive continued support.
  7. A student may receive no more than three years of awards from this scholarship.
  8. Award winners will be chosen based on quality of work and application requirements.
  9. Award winners will be notified by late April.
  10. Applicant must be enrolled full time (12 credits per semester), or, if you are in the certificate program, a minimum of 8 credits per semester.

No additional requirements needed

  1. Must be enrolled in the School of Media Arts & Design
  2. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  3. Should be involved in department activities

Attach an essay on the following questions:

  1. What do you feel qualifies you for this scholarship?
  2. List and describe departmental, university, and community activities; achievements and awards.
  3. How would this scholarship help you attain your goals, and what impact would these goals have on the department?
  4. Samples of Work: Please submit three samples of your work. Please include the title of the work, the class it was created in, and the semester it was created.
    • Graphical work should be provided in "one pdf file."
    • Video or animation should be provided in a "list of links" to work hosted on YouTube or Vimeo.

Incoming freshman who will declare a major in the School of Media Arts & Design (Animation, Film Production, Film Studies, Graphic Communications and Graphic Design).  You will actively participate in departmental co-curricular activities.

Attach two signed letters of recommendation from your teacher/director or another individual qualified to speak of your strengths in the Media Arts and Design programs.

List your experiences in any of these areas: Animation, Film Production, Film Studies, Graphic & Interactive Design, and other viusal and performing arts (theatre, speech, dance, music and creative writing, photography, drawing ,etc.).

Describe your interest in the School of Media Arts and Design at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

North Dakota and Minnesota residents pursuing a BA or BFA degree in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design are eligible for this award. Applicants must also be a member of the LGBTQ Identifying Students and Allies. 

This scholarship is awarded to Graphic Design majors that are actively involved in the student organization SPECTRUM and work to improve school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Applicant must be enrolled in the School of Media Arts & Design, have a GPA of 3.0 or above and should be involved in department activities.

No additional requirements needed

This scholarship for juniors or seniors in good academic standing shall be awarded to a major who is studying theatre or film on the basis of the following:

  • General artistic creativity
  • Acting ability
  • Desire to be a performer
  • Number of student theatre, film, and/or television performances, with quality of performance more important than level of the role
  • Commitment to becoming a stage or film actor
  • Indication of potential to become a director in any of the forementioned media
  • Commitment to and support of the MSUM theatre/film programs and to the other students majoring in the programs

No additional requirements needed


Students in the Graphic Design program who are in good academic standing.

No additional requirements needed