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 Betty Lockwood Presidential Scholarhip
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: 04/30/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2018
Varies Lyon Lincoln Electric Cooperative Scholarship Fund
Donated by Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc., Tyler MN. This is for members, or children of members of Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative....
Donated by Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc., Tyler MN. This is...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2018
Varies Mildred L. Madden Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Mildred L. Madden Estate. This scholarship is for incoming students with past achievements in their respective areas. Apply with...
Donated by Mildred L. Madden Estate. This scholarship is for incoming...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/30/2018
$680.00 College Now Scholarship
At high school graduation, must have earned a minimum of 3.0 or higher GPA in high school courses, and 2.0 cumulative GPA in College Now course(s)....
At high school graduation, must have earned a minimum of 3.0 or higher...
  • Deadline: 09/01/2018
  • Award: $680.00
Deadline09/01/2018
Varies AOS Scholars
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Athletic Talent Grant - SMSU Men's Basketball
Men’s Basketball Scholarship
Men’s Basketball Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Education Department Endowment
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Emerging Student Scholarship
Awarded to students that have shown a commitment to academic success, university activities, and community service. Priority will be given to...
Awarded to students that have shown a commitment to academic success,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Hubley Family Endowment
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Oscar and Cora Sather Presidential Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Political Science Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Robert L Carothers Distinquished Student Writers Award
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies The 605 Annual Scholarship
This scholarship is designated to an incoming or returning student who has demonstrated personal or family medical hardship.
This scholarship is designated to an incoming or returning student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies The JAWS Student Activities Annual Scholarship
This scholarship is designated for a returning students who demonstrated involvement in extracurricular activities, specifically in club and/or...
This scholarship is designated for a returning students who demonstrated...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies The Oscar and Cora Sather Scholarship
Donated by Oscar and Cora Sather. This is an endowment of all personal property from Cora Sather estate. Recipients are selected on the basis of...
Donated by Oscar and Cora Sather. This is an endowment of all personal...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies University Gala Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship (Theatre Arts)
Donated by friends of the SMSU Music Program and the University Gala contributors. A minimum of one scholarship will be awarded to students with at...
Donated by friends of the SMSU Music Program and the University Gala...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$525.00 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: Ended
  • Award: $525.00
Ended
Varies David & Marlyce Logan Family Scholarship
Marlyce and David have three girls who were raised in Pipestone, Minnesota The family became involved in agriculture production in 1993 and now own...
Marlyce and David have three girls who were raised in Pipestone,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies East River Electric
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Lee French Agriculture Research Scholarship
Donated by Lee French. The recipient of this scholarship must be a full-time student, majoring in Agriculture and in good academic standing. ...
Donated by Lee French. The recipient of this scholarship must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies New Horizon Farms Scholarship
The purpose of the New Horizon Farms scholarship is to continue and further our ongoing commitment to providing long-term, high-quality job...
The purpose of the New Horizon Farms scholarship is to continue and...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies RA Peterson Family Farm Partnership Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies SMSU Accounting Club Scholarships
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies WinField Solutions, LLC/A Land O'Lakes, Inc. Company Scholarship
Applicant must be a high school senior, graduate, or current student, have been active in school or community affairs, demonstrate solid academic...
Applicant must be a high school senior, graduate, or current student,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies E.A. Desy Biology Scholarship
Originated by Dr. Elizabeth A. Desy, this scholarship is for a Biology or Biology Education major who has completed a minimum of 17 BIOL credits at...
Originated by Dr. Elizabeth A. Desy, this scholarship is for a Biology...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies SMSU Ag Education Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established for Ag Education students. Qualifying students must be enrolled full-time as Ag Education majors. Preference...
This scholarship was established for Ag Education students. Qualifying...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies University Gala Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship (Art Junior Review)
Awarded to art majors based on participation in Art 360 Junior Review in the fall or spring. Portfolio of work is presented and evaluated by...
Awarded to art majors based on participation in Art 360 Junior Review in...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$2,500.00 University Gala Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship (Communication Studies)
Donated by friends of the SMSU Music Program and the University Gala contributors. A minimum of one scholarship will be awarded to students with at...
Donated by friends of the SMSU Music Program and the University Gala...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,500.00
Ended
Varies Alpha Psi Omega Scholarship
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended