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    MSUM Federal School Code: 002367

    Access, Opportunity, and Success Scholars Program

    The Access, Opportunity, and Success Scholars Program offers a $2,000 award to student recipients each semester, which may be renewed upon successful completion of scholar requirements. The application deadline to be considered for fall semester 2017 is May 15, 2017.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
    • New undergraduate freshman or transfer student (spring 2017 admits are eligible for fall 2017) from a population that is underrepresented or underserved at MSUM, who meets ONE of the following criteria:
      1. Person of color; or
      2. From a culturally diverse background; or
      3. For whom English is not their first language
    • Financial need, as determined by the federal needs analysis calculation and defined by the University, is considered in the selection process. Results of the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the MSUM Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid by the application deadline of May 15, 2017.
    • Preference will be given to students pursuing their first college degree. 
    • Submit the AOS Application Form to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by the scholarship application deadline.

    Elvina Loftness Endowment

    In memory of Palma Nelson Loftness.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Helen Roberti Scholarship

    The Helen Roberti Scholarship supports Native Indian students who show academic achievement and involvement in their communities.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Native American students
      1. First priority funding will be given to graduate students pursuing a Master's Degree in Education OR Counseling and Student Affairs.
      2. Second priority funding will be given to undergraduate students planning to enroll in a Master's Degree in Education, Counseling and Student Affairs, Law, Medicine, or other advanced degree programs.
      3. Third priority funding will be given to students seeking an undergraduate degree.
    • Must be in satisfactory academic standing
    • Must sign an agreement to complete the Office of Diversity and Inclusion SMART Start program.
    • 1-2 page essay addressing the following:
      1. What experiences have led you to select your field of study?
      2. Describe the most challenging obstacle you have had to overcome and tell what you have learned from that experience.
    • All majors will be considered. Submit the Helen Roberti Scholarship Application with attached essay to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by the deadline to be considered.

    Joseph Thorman Endowed Scholarship for Hispanics

    The Joseph Thorman Endowed Scholarship for Hispanics was a gift to the Minnesota State University Moorhead designed to empower and inspire Hispanic students.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Hispanic student from the Pharr/San Juan/Alamo School District in South Texas.  
    • Upperclass applicants must have a 3.5 GPA at the time of application.
    • Incoming applicants must be graduating in the top 25% of their high school class.
    • Must maintain 12 credits per semester.
    • Submit the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Application to the ODI by the deadline.

    Katheryn Colliton Memorial Endowment

    The Katheryn Colliton Memorial Endowment was a gift to the Minnesota State University Moorhead to support the students and the work of the university.

    Eligibility Requirements


    Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

    The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides post-secondary financial assistance to eligible students. For more information, click here to visit their website: Minnesota Indian Scholarship

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be one-fourth or more Indian ancestry.
    • Must be a resident of the state of Minnesota.
    • Enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational school in Minnesota.
      1. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least three-fourths time.
      2. Graduate students must be enrolled in one-half time.
    • Must demonstrate financial need.
      1. Example: Pell Grant Eligible
    • Submit the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Online Application before the deadline.

    Rainbow Dragon Scholarship 

    The LGBT Rainbow Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1999 by Minnesota State University alumni, faculty, and staff. The endowment recognizes students' affirmation of LGBT identity and/or encourages service and leadership to the LGBT community.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Other Scholarship Opportunities

    Tribal Scholarships: Minnesota | North Dakota | South Dakota

    Related Scholarship Links: Native American

    Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Questions? Contact Us in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for more information.