Freshman Scholarships

Minnesota State University Moorhead is proud to offer automatic, competitive and need-based scholarships to freshman. Automatic scholarships, based on high school GPA and ACT, are awarded at the time of admission. In addition to automatic academic scholarships awarded through the admissions process, the Minnesota State University Alumni Foundation offers scholarships gifted by alumni, businesses, friends and foundations to incoming, current, and graduate students. Many of these scholarships are available through individual departments, colleges and programs.

Freshman Automatic Scholarships

Automatic scholarships are easy — just apply and be admitted. Plus, most are renewable. A separate application is not required. Newly admitted freshman who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet academic qualifications are awarded automatic scholarships on a first-applied, first-awarded basis until funds are fully committed. Apply early and be considered for one of these freshman automatic scholarships!

NOTE: Students are eligible to receive only one of the following academic scholarships.

Awarded to students admitted for Fall 2021

Scholarship Name
Minimum Requirements
Amount
Scholarship Name
Distinguished Dragon
Minimum Requirements
28+ ACT and 3.75 High School GPA
Amount
$8,000 over four years/$2,000 annually
Scholarship Name
Moorhead Achieve
Minimum Requirements
26+ ACT and 3.50 High SchoolGPA
Amount
$6,000 over four years/$1,500 annually
Scholarship Name
University
Minimum Requirements
21+ ACT and 3.50 High School GPA
Amount
$4,000 over four years/$1,000 annually
Scholarship Name
Blaze
Minimum Requirements
3.8-4.00 High School GPA
Amount
$4,000 over four years/$1,000 annually
Scholarship Name
Fire Up
Minimum Requirements
3.5-3.79 High School GPA
Amount
$750
Scholarship Name
Ignite
Minimum Requirements
21+ ACT and 3.0 High School GPA
Amount
$500
Scholarship Name
Flame
Minimum Requirements
3.25-3.49 High School GPA
Amount
$500

Students are awarded the highest scholarship amount based on the criteria at the time of admission. Renewable scholarships require a 3.5 GPA at the end of Spring Semester. Students are awarded while funds are available and will be notified by letter.

Competitive Freshman Scholarships

The Academic Excellence Award is awarded to students who attain the National Merit Finalist level.  This is part of the Scholar's Apprentice program. The award is $20,000 over four years, or until you graduate, whichever comes first.   ($5,000 freshman year; renewable for $5,000).  Renewal requires MSUM cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of each spring semester. This scholarship replaces any previously awarded MSUM academic scholarships.

A Merit Finalist certificate must be submitted to the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid by June 30.

Designated for students who graduated from high school in Wyndmere, N.D. If there is no applicant from Wyndmere, the next preference goes to students who graduated high school from Lidgerwood, N.D., then from any school in Richland County, N.D.

 

Freshman students from the Lake Park, Minn. area who has financial need determined by filling out the FAFSA.

Scholarships are made possible through donations made to the MSU Moorhead Foundation by alumni and friends of the University.  These are a one year competitive scholarship and awards are made based solely on the application materials received with the application.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 

Financial need is determined by the FAFSA. If you have not completed a FAFSA already, you can do so at www.fafsa.gov.  FAFSA results must be received before the deadline date.

No additional requirements needed

This scholarship is for freshmen students from Fertile, Minn. If no freshman applies, the scholarship is available to upper class students from Fertile, or to an upper class education major.

Available to students pursuing their first MSUM undergraduate degree.  Applicants must be full time students (12 or more MSUM credits) each semester at MSUM. No GPA requirement - only that the student is in good standing according to University policies.

No additional requirements needed

This is the most prestigious scholarly award for new freshmen students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens who are admitted to the University and meet certain academic qualifications. It is a $40,000 award ($10,000 annually) with the opportunity to renew each year for up to four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first.

Students must have an ACT score of 30 or above and a minimum GPA of 3.8.  Must be enrolled for 12 or more MSUM credits per semester.  Preference will be given to a student from the Cass/Clay area.

*ACT/SAT score and GPA are based on the official numbers reported by the high school at the time of admission.  SAT score is sum of critical reading and math scores. 

Attach two letters of recommendation. 

Attach a resume.

This scholarship is designated for an older than average female, preferably a Minnesota resident, who shows academic promise.

Available to students pursuing their first MSUM undergraduate degree.  Applicants must be full time students (12 or more MSUM credits) each semester at MSUM. No GPA requirement - only that the student is in good standing according to University policies.

No additional requirements needed

High School Seniors with an ACT composite score of 28* or higher and cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher are eligible to apply for a Scholar's Apprentice Scholarship. This award is $20,000 ($5,000 annually for four years based on academic performance). Opportunities to apprentice in an area of academic interest under the supervision of a faculty member are available. If awarded, the Scholar's Apprentice Scholarship replaces the Distinguished Dragon Scholarship.

 

Attach two letters of recommendation.

Attach your resume.

 

This scholarship is designated to assist entering freshman students showing academic promise, who live in Moorhead or the surrounding area.