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  • Freshman Student Scholarships

  • High School Seniors with an ACT composite score of 28* or higher and rank in the top 5%* of high school class OR GPA of 3.9+ 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 have been admitted and are awarded the automatic President's Honors scholarship.

    Deadline has passed for 2016-2017 awarding.  Deadline for 2017-2018 will be February 1, 2017.


    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 June 30 of each year.

    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 2016), 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 2017-2018 FAFSA must be received by MSUM Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid by the application deadline of May 1, 2017. Because this is a need-based scholarship, the estimated family contribution computed by FAFSA must be less than 17,000 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 2017 semester is required to retain scholarship eligibility spring 2018 semester.

    Deadline for 2017-2018 was May 1, 2017.


    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 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Results must be received at MSUM on or before the deadline date.

    Application is available through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:



    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.  The scholarship application allows you to be considered for one of the following scholarships (dollar amount awarded will be contingent on donor specifications).

     Incoming Freshman scholarships:

    • Wilhelmine Wiedeman Grant: Incoming freshman whose permanent address is Moorhead or surrounding area.
    • Ina Aker Pittack: Incoming freshman whose permanent address is Lake Park, MN or surrounding area.  *Must have financial need (based on FAFSA information).
    • Edd and Adelaide Goerger Memorial: Incoming freshman high school graduate from Wyndmere High School; Lidgerwood, ND; or Richland County
    • DiAnn Kuntz Memorial:  *Financial Need with First preference-Napolean School District; Second preference-Logan County; Third preference-North Dakota
    • Lester Wyland: Incoming freshman whose permanent address is Glyndon, MN or surrounding area.

    *Financial need, as determined by the federal needs analysis calculation and defined by the University, is considered in the selection process.  Results of the 2016-2017 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be received by the MSUM Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid by the application deadline of March 15, 2016.

    Deadline for 2016-2017 applications has passed.


    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.

    School of Media Arts & Design

    School of Performing Arts

    School of Visual Arts


    Awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional athletic talent.

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