Access, Opportunity & Success Scholars Program

The Access, Opportunity and Success Scholars Program offers an award to student recipients each semester, which may be renewed upon successful completion of scholar requirements. Student scholars complete the Dragon Success Plan each semester to receive holistic advising from their assigned advisor/mentor, connect with their peers and faculty and get involved in the campus community. The graduation rate for students in the AOS Scholars Program is 83 percent.

The Access, Opportunity and Success Scholars award is $2,000 (up to $4,000 per academic year). If awarded, the Access, Opportunity, and Success Scholars Program replaces other MSUM academic scholarships (including Distinguished Dragon, Moorhead Achieve, University and Ignite) awarded to the recipient.

Interested in applying for our Scholars Program? You can apply for this scholarship program through the online scholarship application October 1-February 1.

This scholarship is available to new freshman and new transfer students, seeking their first Bachelor's degree, admitted to MSUM from an underrepresented or underserved population, US citizen or permanent resident.  Eligible students identify as African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino.

Preference will be given to students pursuing their first college degree.  Financial need will be considered in the selection process.  Financial need is determined through the FAFSA.  If you have not completed a FAFSA already, you can do so at www.fafsa.gov.  FAFSA results must be received by the scholarship applicationdeadline date of February 1, 2022.

Must complete the Dragon Success Plan facilitated through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Freshman must earn at least a 2.00 GPA each semester.  Sophomores and above must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA or higher every semester.  Must complete at least 12 credits per semester.

Attach an essay (250 words or less) to the following:

As a student from a diverse background, please share how your background and experiences will enrich the diversity of the MSUM campus community.

  • All recipients must complete the Dragon Success Plan facilitated through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Requirements include:
    • Meet with student success advisor three times per semester
    • Meet with each of your faculty once per semester
    • Meet with your academic advisor once per semester
    • Attend 2 events each semester
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to Access, Opportunity, and Success Scholars Program requirements:
    • As a freshman, you must earn at least a 2.0 GPA every semester.
    • Sophomores and above must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA every semester.
    • Complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester, totaling 24 credits per academic year (fall and spring semesters).
  • The majority of credits in a given semester must be taken at Minnesota State University Moorhead, with the exception of students in the Study Abroad or National Student Exchange Programs.
  • Compliance with requirements will be reviewed each semester for award renewal. Awards may be renewed in subsequent semesters (fall or spring) depending on availability of funds, completion of the Dragon Success Plan, and academic performance.
Linda Vue - MSUM Scholars
Linda Vue

Gerontology, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Linda is actively involved with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), is past president of the Asian Multicultural Organization and is currently a resident assistant. After graduation, she plans to attend optometry school.

“The Access, Opportunity and Success (AOS) scholarship has given me the opportunity to further my dreams without worrying about the affordability of my education. It has also helped me keep track of my academic progress while developing relationships with professors and faculties on campus. The AOS scholarship has definitely been a springboard for success.”


Avery Knight - MSUM Scholars
Avery Knight

Computer Science (minors in Spanish and Computer Information Systems), Willmar, Minnesota

Avery is only the second person in his family to get a degree beyond a high school diploma. He has participated in a variety of events and discussions hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He plans to attend graduate school for artificial intelligence after he graduates.

“I came from a family that was unable to help me pay for college. I was able to achieve higher grades and worry less about college because I received the Access, Opportunity and Success (AOS) scholarship. The ODI office, along with the AOS scholarship, has supported me and given me strong role models. That has helped boost my confidence, which helped me land a full-time software engineering position before I graduated college.”


Brianna Bradley - MSUM Scholars
Brianna Bradley

Music Industry, Fort Yates, North Dakota

The oldest of six, Brianna is getting hands-on experience in her field as executive director of the Dragon Entertainment Group and by participating and holding officer positions in American Indian Student Association, Music Entertainment Industries Student Association and Campus Feminist Organization, among others. Post-graduation plans include working at a venue or promotion company in the Twin Cities.

“Most of my barriers have involved being able to pay for college. Thankfully, I completed over 40 scholarship applications…and have been awarded six scholarships, including a foundation scholarship for American Indians. This scholarship has helped take away some of the stress that comes along with being a college student, financially and socially. Not only has it helped me with combating the cost of attending school but it has helped me also get to know my professors and have them know me. Receiving the Helen Roberti scholarship has helped make MSUM feel even more like home than I would’ve been able to accomplish on my own.”


Bianca Milz - MSUM Scholars
Bianca Milz

Psychology, Carrizo Springs, Texas

Life’s hardships got in the way of Bianca’s first attempt at college. But grit and persistence helped her find stability and she returned to MSUM nearly four years later. She is a peer advisor and is on the Student Advisory Board for the College of Science, Health, and the Environment. She’s actively involved in research and will present at the Student Academic Conference. She recently got accepted into MSUM’s graduate program in Counseling and Student Affairs.

“The scholarship I receive from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has provided me financial assistance in allowing me to be active on campus and earn valuable experiences. If it was not for this scholarship, I don’t think I would be financially stable enough to achieve my degree while fully supporting myself. I don’t know anyone close to me who is academically successful so the ODI really helped me by providing mentorship and allowing me to find guidance in struggles that I encounter as a student.”