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.

    Scholarship Name
    Minimum Requirements
    Amount
    Scholarship Name
    Distinguished Dragon
    Minimum Requirements
    28+ ACT and 3.75 GPA*
    ($2,000 per year; 3.50 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum)  
    Amount
    $8,000 over four years
    Scholarship Name
    Moorhead Achieve
    Minimum Requirements
    26+ ACT and 3.50 GPA*
    ($1,500 per year; 3.50 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum)  
    Amount
    $6,000 over four years
    Scholarship Name
    University
    Minimum Requirements
    21+ ACT and 3.50 GPA*
    ($1,000 per year; 3.50 cumulative GPA required to renew; four year maximum)  
    Amount
    $4,000 over four years
    Scholarship Name
    Ignite
    Minimum Requirements
    21+ ACT and 3.0 GPA*
    (Non-Renewable, one time scholarship)  
    Amount
    $500 for first year

    *ACT score and GPA 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.

    Competitive Freshman Scholarships

  • Ina Aker Pittack Freshman (Lake Park, MN; complete FAFSA before deadline date)
    Description:

    Freshman students from the Lake Park, Minn., area in need of financial assistance are qualified for this scholarship.

    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.

    Year In School: Incoming Freshman
    Majors, Programs & Interests: - Any -
    GPA: 2.00 - 4.00
    Enrollment: Full-time (12+ credits)
    Lester Wyland (Resident from Glyndon, MN)
    Description:

    This scholarship is reserved for students from the Glyndon, Minn., area.

    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.

    Year In School: Freshman (0-29 credits); Incoming Freshman; Junior (60-89 credits); Senior (90+ credits); Sophomore (30-59 credits); Transfer (24+ credits)
    Majors, Programs & Interests: - Any -
    GPA: 2.00 - 4.00
    Enrollment: Full-time (12+ credits)
    Presidential Merit Endowed Scholarship (New Freshman)
    Description:

    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. 

    Year In School: Incoming Freshman
    Majors, Programs & Interests: - Any -
    GPA: 3.80 - 4.00
    Enrollment: Full-time (12+ credits)
    Scholars Apprentice Freshman Scholarship
    Description:

    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 Scholars Scholarship replaces the Distinguished Dragon Scholarship.

     

    Year In School: Incoming Freshman
    Majors, Programs & Interests: Honors Apprentice
    GPA: 3.75 - 4.00
    Enrollment: Full-time (12+ credits)
    Wilhelmine Wiedeman Grant Freshman (Resident of Moorhead, MN)
    Description:

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

    Year In School: Incoming Freshman
    Majors, Programs & Interests: - Any -
    GPA: 3.00 - 4.00
    Enrollment: Full-time (12+ credits)