Our Opportunities

Welcome to the Southwest Minnesota State University Scholarship website!

Through the efforts of the Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation and the generosity of private donors, the Financial Aid Office awards numerous scholarships each academic year. Scholarship award amounts vary and may not represent total tuition costs. Things considered in the selection process include demonstrated academic success, donor-stipulated criteria, and financial need.
The scholarships listed below are SMSU scholarships offered by various colleges, departments, and offices throughout the University. Click on the scholarship name to learn more about the opportunity. Get started on your scholarship search now. It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4!

  1. Sign on the system with your SMSU Star ID and password.
  2. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. The system syncs with your data. You are automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you meet the criteria and the system provides additional “recommended” scholarships that may be available to you.
  3. After you complete the applications, you’re done! If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award email to your SMSU email address. You can also check on the status of your application by logging back into the system at any time.
  4. Follow up! The system also includes information on external scholarships. These deadlines change often so check back under “External” opportunities.

For detailed information on how to use this system, download our Frequently Asked Questions or contact scholarships@smsu.edu

Reminder! Your completed General Application will be archived and removed from the system in September. You must complete a new General Application at the beginning of each fall semester.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Walter J. and Alice M. Lehrke Scholarship
Donated by Thomas A. and Colette E. Lehrke. This scholarship is for a minimum of $5,000 and is renewable This scholarship is for children of...
Donated by Thomas A. and Colette E. Lehrke. This scholarship is for a...
  • Deadline: 02/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/01/2019
Varies Abacus Fund
Donated by faculty, staff and friends of the university. This recipient must have interest in Mathematics and/or Computer Science. They also will...
Donated by faculty, staff and friends of the university. This recipient...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Accounting Program Outstanding Achievement Award
Donated by faculty, friends and alumni. This is for declared Accounting majors. Apply with Accounting, Finance and Legal Studies Department.
Donated by faculty, friends and alumni. This is for declared Accounting...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Achievement Scholarship Package
1st year – $500 / 2nd year $500 / 3rd year $500 / 4th year $500 – Students with 20-21 ACT and minimum GPA of 3.0 – 3.0 Cumulative GPA...
1st year – $500 / 2nd year $500 / 3rd year $500 / 4th year $500 –...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Adam Johan Bergren Chemistry Scholarship
Donated by Adam and Suzanne Bergren. The recipient must be in good academic standing and be enrolled in upper-level Chemistry courses as a...
Donated by Adam and Suzanne Bergren. The recipient must be in good...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Ag Bowl Invitational Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who places during the SMSU Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational event, hosted by SMSU each year. The student...
This scholarship is awarded to a student who places during the SMSU Ag...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Alan Holmes Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established for students majoring in Biology or Environmental Science and is based on Financial Need. Preference will be...
This scholarship was established for students majoring in Biology or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Alfredo Gonzales Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Oliver Ford, Alumni, Faculty and Friends. This is for students of Hispanic background and who are selected on the basis of leadership...
Donated by Oliver Ford, Alumni, Faculty and Friends. This is for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Alice Reed Memorial Bookstore Corral Scholarship
Donated by Reed Family and Friends. The scholarship is based on financial need. The student must have a GPA of 2.5-3.5 and not be receiving...
Donated by Reed Family and Friends. The scholarship is based on...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies All My Favorites Endowed Scholarship
Donated by “All My Favorites” Marshall area musical ensemble. This scholarship is for new full-time entering freshman majoring in music, music...
Donated by “All My Favorites” Marshall area musical ensemble. This...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Alpha Psi Omega Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Alumni Heritage Scholarship
Donated by SMSU Alumni and Friends of SMSU. This is for the children of SMSU Alumni. The scholarship is available for students who maintain a...
Donated by SMSU Alumni and Friends of SMSU. This is for the children of...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies American Legion Post #113 Scholarship
Donated by the American Legion Post #113 of Marshall and Friends of Post #113. This is preferably given to freshman based on academic performances...
Donated by the American Legion Post #113 of Marshall and Friends of Post...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Andy Wiersma Memorial Endowment Scholarship
Donated by the Family and Friends of Any Wiersma. This scholarship is for an enrolled full-time student and is a member of the Men’s Basketball...
Donated by the Family and Friends of Any Wiersma. This scholarship is...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Angel Fund
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Ann C. Peters Scholarship Endowment
Donated by Ann C. Peters. This is for a full-time junior with a GPA of 3.0 or better. This student must be Mathematics major or work towards an...
Donated by Ann C. Peters. This is for a full-time junior with a GPA of...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Annexstad Family Foundation Scholarship
This is for students who demonstrated outstanding performance in high school or at the University with special consideration being given to...
This is for students who demonstrated outstanding performance in high...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies AOS Achievers
Donated by faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Access Opportunity Success department. The scholarship is for TRiO/AOS Eligible Students...
Donated by faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Access...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies AOS Scholars
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Arthur J. & Elaine I. Kronke Scholarship
Donated by Dorene (Kronke) McCourt. This scholarship is for a full-time student who is a sophomore, junior, or senior Environmental Science major....
Donated by Dorene (Kronke) McCourt. This scholarship is for a full-time...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Artus Musica Scholarship
Donated by Artus Musica. This scholarship amount varies based on available interest. Recipients are selected on the basis of superior performance...
Donated by Artus Musica. This scholarship amount varies based on...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Athletic Parking Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Barnes and Noble Bookstore Textbook Scholarship
Donated by Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student and is based on financial need.
Donated by Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore. The recipient must be...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Ben and Sophie Sumerfelt Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Dan Sumerfelt, this scholarship is for a new entering student who is enrolled full time, has declared a major in Business Administration...
Donated by Dan Sumerfelt, this scholarship is for a new entering student...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Beth Ann Wesselhoeft Presidential Scholarship
Donated by the Beth Ann Wesseslhoeft Estate. This scholarship is for new entering full-time enrolled students with a minimum ACT score of 27 or...
Donated by the Beth Ann Wesseslhoeft Estate. This scholarship is for new...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Better World Books Student Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Betty Lockwood Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Matthew, Chet and Nicholas Lockwood, students eligible for this scholarship should meet the following criteria: new entering Freshman,...
Donated by Matthew, Chet and Nicholas Lockwood, students eligible for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Betty Lockwood Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Matthew, Chet and Nicholas Lockwood, students eligible for this scholarship should meet the following criteria: new entering Freshman,...
Donated by Matthew, Chet and Nicholas Lockwood, students eligible for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Bob Aufenthie Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Bowen Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Breening and Hage Family Scholarship
Donated by Irma D. (Breening) and Rolf B. Hage. This scholarship is for new entering freshmen and a resident from Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood,...
Donated by Irma D. (Breening) and Rolf B. Hage. This scholarship is for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Bremer Wealth Management Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Brent and Mary Jeffers Exercise Science Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Brent and Mary Jeffers. This scholarship is for new or returning students enrolled full-time, declared a major in exercise science, is...
Donated by Brent and Mary Jeffers. This scholarship is for new or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Brian and Kris Gruhot String Scholarship
Donated by Brian and Kris Gruhot. The recipient must be a full-time SMSU student, in good academic standing, and be enrolled in orchestra as well...
Donated by Brian and Kris Gruhot. The recipient must be a full-time SMSU...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Brian Schmiesing Agribusiness Agronomy Fund
Donated by Family and Friends of Brian Schmiesing. This scholarship is for undergraduate student research projects, presentations, seminars, and...
Donated by Family and Friends of Brian Schmiesing. This scholarship is...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Bronco Scholarship
Donated by Bronco. This scholarship is only the interest earned the previous fiscal year. Scholarship awarded to a student participating in...
Donated by Bronco. This scholarship is only the interest earned the...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Bruce and Linda Saugstad Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Bruce and Linda Saugstad. Recipient must be enrolled as a full time student, have a junior standing, and be a member of the SMSU...
Donated by Bruce and Linda Saugstad. Recipient must be enrolled as a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Burger King Scholarship
Donated by Burger King of Marshall, Eric Luther. This is for a new entering freshman, male or female student athlete, majoring in a...
Donated by Burger King of Marshall, Eric Luther. This is for a new...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Bush Memorial Scholarship Program
Bush Memorial Scholarship Program. This is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships, to the youth of Minnesota with priority...
Bush Memorial Scholarship Program. This is to provide financial...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Business Administration Scholarship
Donated by individuals interested in supporting the SMSU Business Administration Program. This is for students who are Pre-Business majors or...
Donated by individuals interested in supporting the SMSU Business...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Buuck Family Foundation Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Buuck Family Foundation. This scholarship is for an enrolled full-time student with a physical disability and demonstrated financial...
Donated by Buuck Family Foundation. This scholarship is for an enrolled...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Camiel G. Maes Memorial Scholarship
Donated by Rick and Linda Dennis and Family. The recipient must be a full-time student, majoring in Agribusiness. Preference will be given to a...
Donated by Rick and Linda Dennis and Family. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Canby SMSU Scholarship
Donated by Canby. This scholarship is for a senior in the upper one-fourth of the class at Canby High School. The student must be a full-time...
Donated by Canby. This scholarship is for a senior in the upper...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Captain Dan Spirit Award
Donated by Family and Friends of Daniel Ourada. This scholarship is for a returning wrestler with a good academic standing. Apply with Director of...
Donated by Family and Friends of Daniel Ourada. This scholarship is for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Carr Family Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship funded by the Carr Family Foundation. Preference will be given to either an employee; spouse, dependent or grandchild of a current...
Scholarship funded by the Carr Family Foundation. Preference will be...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Carr Properties Endowment
Donated by Carr Properties. Recipients must major in the area of Education, and are selected based on their academic performance and demonstrated...
Donated by Carr Properties. Recipients must major in the area of...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Catherine I. McNally Scholarship
Donated by Michael Kopp. This is for the Outstanding Student of the year with a major in History with a minimum GPA of 3.3. Must be of...
Donated by Michael Kopp. This is for the Outstanding Student of the...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Cattoor Family Endowed Scholarship
Cattoor Family Endowed Scholarship; Student Athlete, Full Time, 3.0 or higher GPA, Member of the Women’s Golf Team
Cattoor Family Endowed Scholarship; Student Athlete, Full Time, 3.0 or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Charles and Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation Scholarship
Awarded on the basis of academic ability and financial need. Must be full-time. Continuing students are eligible. 1-year award. Renewable. ...
Awarded on the basis of academic ability and financial need. Must be...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019
Varies Chemistry Memorial Scholarship
Donated by Chemistry Faculty. Awards are offered to freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior students who are chemistry majors and full time students...
Donated by Chemistry Faculty. Awards are offered to freshmen, sophomore,...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2019