• Freshman Student Scholarships

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  • Freshman Student Scholarships


  • Automatic scholarships make it easy - just apply and be admitted to Minnesota State University Moorhead. And these scholarships are renewable! A separate application is not required. New freshman students who are admitted and meet academic qualification are awarded automatic scholarships on a first-applied, first-awarded basis until funds are fully committed. Students must meet minimum admission standards for consideration (ACT score of 21 and rank in the top 50% of their class). Scholarship awarding is determined by the official composite ACT score and class rank reported at the time of application. Apply early and be considered for one of the following:


    Minimum Requirements


    President’s Honors

    28+ ACT and Top 5% class rank*

    ($2,000 per year; 3.5 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum

        $8,000 for four years


    21+ ACT and 100% class rank*

    ($1,500 per year; 3.5 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum

        $6,000 for four years


    28+ ACT and Top 50% class rank*

    ($1,500 per year; 3.5 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum

        $6,000 for four years


    26-27 ACT and Top 50% class rank*

    ($1,250 per year; 3.5 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum

        $5,000 for four years


    24-25 ACT and Top 50% class rank* OR 21-23 ACT and Top 10% class rank*

    ($1,000 per year; 3.5 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum

        $4,000 for four years


    21-23ACT and Top 50% class rank*

    Non-Renewable, One time scholarship

        $500 for first year


    *ACT score and high school class rank are based on the official numbers reported by the high school at the time of admission. Students who meet the qualifications and apply for admission while funds are available will be notified by letter.

    High School Seniors with an ACT composite score of 28* or higher and rank in the top 5%* of high school class are eligible for an Honors Apprentice Scholarship (HA). A separate application is mailed to eligible high school seniors. 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 HA Scholarship replaces the President's Honors Scholarship.

    The Honors Apprentice scholarship application is mailed to students who received the automatic President's Honors scholarship.

    Deadline for 2015-2016 has passed.

    For more information on the Honors Apprentice Program click here.

    Award is $20,000 ($5,000 annually for four years based on academic performance) to students who attain the National Merit Finalists level. A Merit Finalist certificate must be submitted.

    Named in recognition of the people who founded our University. They created an educational opportunity that has enriched lives since 1888. Long ago our students were affectionately known as "scramblers," because they came from modest means, worked hard, and left with a brighter future. Thanks to the founders, our heritage is comprised of success, service, and citizenship.

    The Founders Scholarship is a competitive $2,500 need-based scholarship awarded once to students who embody these exemplary characteristics. The scholarship is named in recognition of MSUM Founders and funded by specific gifts and proceeds of the annual Founders Gala.


    Students eligible to apply:

    • Officially admitted to Minnesota State University Moorhead as a freshman, or undergraduate transfer student or a currently enrolled MSUM undergraduate student (replaces previously awarded freshman, upper class or transfer scholarship);
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for high school and current MSUM students (end of Fall 2015), or previous college GPA for transfer applicants;
    • Applicants must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits hours per semester at MSUM;
    • Applicants must be seeking their first undergraduate degree;
    • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident status;
    • Results of the 2016-2017 FAFSA must be received by MSUM Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid by the application deadline of April 24, 2016. Because this is a need-based scholarship, the estimated family contribution computed by FAFSA must be less than 16,500 to apply for the scholarship.
    • Students previously awarded a Founders Scholarship are not eligible to apply.

    Scholarship continuation: A 3.0 cumulative MSUM GPA at the end of fall 2016 semester is required to retain scholarship eligibility spring 2017 semester.



    Deadline has passed for 2015-2016

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Admitted freshman or transfer student from a population that is underrepresented or underserved at MSUM, who meets one of the criteria:
      • Person of color; or
      • From a culturally diverse background; or
      • 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. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Results must be received at MSUM on or before the deadline date.
    Deadline for 2015-2016 has passed.

    Available to undergraduate students seeking their first undergraduate degree, from a culturally diverse background, who are either entering freshmen or transfer students with high academic standing and accomplishments. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or refugee candidate to apply. The Scholarship is competitive; selection is based on the applicant's strengths and attributes. The scholarship is for $3,000 per year, renewable based on maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of each spring semester. If awarded, this replaces any academic scholarship previously awarded.

    James and Yvonne Condell Scholarship

    Awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the areas of art, music, cinema arts and digital technologies or theatre arts. Department faculty select talent awards. Contact the departments directly for more information and application procedures.


    Art & Design  

    School of Media Arts & Design


    Theatre Arts  



    Awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional athletic talent.

    For more information on athletic scholarships, call the Athletic Department at 218.477.2622.