• Upper Class Student Scholarships

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  • Upper Class Student Scholarships


  • Available to students pursuing their first MSUM undergraduate degree who have completed at least 12 MSUM credits by the end of the current fall semester.  Applicants must be full time students (12 or more credits) each semester at MSUM. No GPA requirement - only that the student is in good standing according to University policies.  Students receiving renewal scholarships (i.e. freshman automatics) are eligible to receive one of the following scholarships in addition to their renewal scholarship (if awarded).

    Upper Class Scholarship application for 2017-2018

    Upper Class Recommendation form for 2017-2018

    Scholarships are awarded in the spring for the following academic year.

    Scholarships Offered

    Current MSUM students (must meet criteria listed):

    • Corner Family - Female, Non-Traditional, Sophmore or above, 3.0 GPA
    • Paul Horn - Permanent address is in Moorhead or surrounding area
    • Byron and Nona Murray - Female, Financial Need
    • Esther and Roy Froemming Memorial - Female, Older-than-Average (24 or above)
    • Sara Nelson Memorial - Female, Older-than-Average (24 or above)
    • Michael Hansen Memorial - Male, Older-than-Average (24 or above)
    • DiAnn Kuntz Memorial - Permanent address is in Napolean School District; Logan County; or North Dakota and Financial Need
    • Delsie Holmquist Memorial - Current residents of Holmquist Hall
    • Leslie and Clara Raff - Permanent address is in Fertile, MN
    • Anonymous Academic & Need Based - Financial Need
    • Virginia Murray Family - Junior or above
    • Lester Wyland - Permanent address is in Glyndon, MN or vicinity
    • Harriet Geib Memorial - Financial Need
    • Leona Lewis Anderson - Permanent address is in Hawley, MN
    • Michael & Sheryl Deconcini - Financial Need
    • Webb & Peggy White - Financial Need
    • Tom and Jackie Edwards - Financial Need, 3.0 GPA
    • Charles Magel - U.S. Citizen
    • Robert and Sandra Roel - Part time student (history of part time attendance), Financial Need
    • Offutt Family Foundation - 3.0 GPA
    • Tau Kappa Epsilon-Kapp Nu Alpha - Junior or Senior, member or Fraternity or Sorority, Financial Need
    • Alex Stern Family Foundation - Permanent address is in Cass or Clay County


     Current MSUM students (no criteria):

    • Doris and Francis Butler
    • Helen Welter Wallwork Memorial
    • Fargo American Legion
    • Nina Stevenson
    • Helen Arbes
    • Basil and Hilda Townsend
    • Bea Lewis
    • Janet Cupler
    • Scholarship Endowment
    • Russell and Nina Monson
    • Floyd Hans
    • 50th Class
    • Jennie Johnson
    • US Bank

    Note:  The criteria for some scholarships may include financial need.  An evaluation of financial need is done through a review of FAFSA information (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) that has been provided to the MSUM Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.  If you have not completed a FAFSA form already, you can do so at www.fafsa.gov.


    Students in the second semester of the sophomore year or later, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater at the end of each fall semester are eligible to apply. Current MSUM and incoming transfer students are eligible to apply. A letter of endorsement from an MSUM faculty member, proposing how the applicant will be engaged in an apprentice relationship under the faculty member's supervision, must be submitted along with the application. The scholarship is $5,000 per year for tuition for the final two years of a student's attendance.


    2016-2017 deadline has passed.



    Available to upper class students through some academic departments on campus. Check with the department of your major. The departments have their own application and awarding process.


    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 May 1, 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 for 2016-2017 was May 1, 2016.


    Second Start Student Scholarship

    The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement, as well as contributions to the campus and community through leadership and active participation in events and organizations. Awarded to newly admitted undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

    1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, seeking their first undergraduate degree.
    2. Applicant must be 25 years of age or older.
    3. Applicant must plan to be enrolled for a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester at MSUM.
    4. Applicant must not have attended an institution of higher education as a full-time student within the last three years.

    Second Start Application Form


    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.