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 NURSING: Avera Marshall Nursing Scholarship
Donated by Avera Marshall. This scholarship is for a student majoring in nursing, upper-class, enrolled full-time or part-time, minimum of 2.5 GPA,...
Donated by Avera Marshall. This scholarship is for a student majoring in...
  • Deadline: 09/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/01/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
$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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: $525.00
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Bob Aufenthie Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
$0.00 Bremer Wealth Management Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Chester & Rena Lockwood Family Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Mrs. Rena Lockwood and Family. This Scholarship selection will be based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, and...
Donated by Mrs. Rena Lockwood and Family. This Scholarship selection...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Clement & Bertha Girard Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Clement and Bertha Girard trust. This is for new full- time freshmen. Based on academic and leadership performance. Apply with Office of...
Donated by Clement and Bertha Girard trust. This is for new full- time...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
$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: 09/08/2018
  • Award: $680.00
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Connie J. Gores Presidential Scholarship
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Curt Lunde Scholarship
Donated by Curt Lunde Estate. This scholarship is for a new entering full-time student. Apply with Office of Admission.
Donated by Curt Lunde Estate. This scholarship is for a new entering...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Dan and Mary Snobl Scholarship
Donated by Daniel and Mary Snobl. This is for an incoming freshman from Tracy or Canby High School(s). Apply with Tracy or Canby High School...
Donated by Daniel and Mary Snobl. This is for an incoming freshman from...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Deans' Scholarship Package
1st year – $1,500 / 2nd year $1,500 / 3rd year $2,000 / 4th year $2,000 – Students with 24-28 ACT/SAT and minimum GPA of 2.8 – 3.0...
1st year – $1,500 / 2nd year $1,500 / 3rd year $2,000 / 4th year $2,000 ...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Deeann J. Griebel Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Deeann J. Griebel. The recipient must be an enrolled full-time student, based on academic performance with a minimum of 27 ACT or...
Donated by Deeann J. Griebel. The recipient must be an enrolled...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Della Danielson Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Della Danielson Estate. This scholarship is for new-entering full time freshmen students from Lincoln County with preference for...
Donated by Della Danielson Estate. This scholarship is for new-entering...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Don Bailey Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Donated by the Family of Don Bailey. This is for full-time students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and who may not have been eligible for other...
Donated by the Family of Don Bailey. This is for full-time students who...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Donald & Phyllis Danielson Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Donald and Phyllis Danielson. Priority give to male students age 17-45, and students must be from within 20 miles of Bigelow, MN. Apply...
Donated by Donald and Phyllis Danielson. Priority give to male students...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Dorothy L. & Wray E. Hiller Memorial Presidential
Donated by friends and family of Dorothy L. and Wray E. Hiller. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated...
Donated by friends and family of Dorothy L. and Wray E. Hiller....
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Doug Sweetland Memorial Scholarship
Donated by family and friends of Doug Sweetland. The recipient must be a non-traditional student, new entering or transfer student, a major in...
Donated by family and friends of Doug Sweetland. The recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Dr. Roy F. Pierson Memorial Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Mrs. Maxine Pierson and the family of Dr. Roy Pierson. This scholarship is for students from Murray County. If no student is available,...
Donated by Mrs. Maxine Pierson and the family of Dr. Roy Pierson. This...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Dr. Wilfredo Apostol Family Scholarship
Donated by Wilfredo P. Apostol. This scholarship is for an outstanding senior from Tracy High School in Tracy, MN who has a 3.0 GPA. Recipients...
Donated by Wilfredo P. Apostol. This scholarship is for an outstanding...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Elmer M. Weltz Scholarship
Donated by the Elmer M. Weltz Trust
Donated by the Elmer M. Weltz Trust
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Evelyn and Robert Meyer Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Donated by friends and family of Evelyn and Robert Meyer. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership...
Donated by friends and family of Evelyn and Robert Meyer. Recipients are...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies F. J. McLaughlin Family Memorial Presidential Scholarship
Donated by F.J. McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship. This recipient will be a high school senior entering as a freshman selected on the basis of...
Donated by F.J. McLaughlin Family Memorial Scholarship. This recipient...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Floyd Wild Trucking/Marshall Shipping Association
Donated by the Marshall Cooperative Shipping Association and Floyd Wild. This scholarship is for incoming freshmen who wish to major in...
Donated by the Marshall Cooperative Shipping Association and Floyd Wild....
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Foundation Distinguished Student Scholarship
Donated by Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation. This is for high school graduates or transfer students attending Southwest Minnesota...
Donated by Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation. This is for...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Foundation Distinguished Student Scholarship
Donated by Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation. This is for high school graduates or transfer students attending Southwest Minnesota...
Donated by Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation. This is for...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Frank and Vi Johnson Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Vi Johnson and the late Frank Johnson. For new entering full-time students. Apply with Office of Admission.
Donated by Vi Johnson and the late Frank Johnson. For new entering...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Glenn & Kathleen Catlin Scholarship
Donated by Glenn and Kathleen Catlin. This is for students based of satisfactory work in all academic areas. This student must have a...
Donated by Glenn and Kathleen Catlin. This is for students based of...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Great Plains Natural Gas Company Presidential
Donated by Great Plains Natural Gas Company. Presidential: Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership...
Donated by Great Plains Natural Gas Company. Presidential: Recipients...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Greg DeLanghe Memorial Scholarship
Donated by the family of Greg DeLanghe and Southwest Cattlemen’s Association. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance,...
Donated by the family of Greg DeLanghe and Southwest Cattlemen’s...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Gunlogson Regional Service Scholarship (Endowment)
Donated by G.B. Gunlogson. This is for a full-time student with a 3.0 GPA. Apply with Office of Admission.
Donated by G.B. Gunlogson. This is for a full-time student with a 3.0...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Haaland Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Josie, Sheldon and Margery Haaland. This scholarship is for new entering freshman majoring in Agribusiness. Apply with Office of Admission.
Donated by Josie, Sheldon and Margery Haaland. This scholarship is for...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Habstritt Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Barbara Habstritt, Eileen (Habstritt) Jones, and Marilyn (Habstritt) McLaughlin. This scholarship is for new-entering students who are...
Donated by Barbara Habstritt, Eileen (Habstritt) Jones, and Marilyn...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Habstritt Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Barbara Habstritt, Eileen (Habstritt) Jones, and Marilyn (Habstritt) McLaughlin. This scholarship is for new-entering students who are...
Donated by Barbara Habstritt, Eileen (Habstritt) Jones, and Marilyn...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Hans and Harold Grong Memorial Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Grong’s Sales Company and Mabel Grong. Recipients are selected from Southwest Minnesota on the ability and/or recommendations of high...
Donated by Grong’s Sales Company and Mabel Grong. Recipients are...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Hendricks Community Scholarship (Lincoln HI)
Donated by the members of the Hendricks Community. This scholarship is only the interest earned the previous fiscal year. The scholarship shall be...
Donated by the members of the Hendricks Community. This scholarship is...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies James & Evelyn Hand Presidential Scholarship
Donated by James and Evelyn Hand Family and Friends. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability,...
Donated by James and Evelyn Hand Family and Friends. Recipients are...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies John and Shirley Lines Endowed Scholarship
Donated by John C. Lines. This scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female graduate Lakeview High School who plans to enroll at...
Donated by John C. Lines. This scholarship will be awarded to one male...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies June Nichols Memorial Scholarship
Donated by the family and friends of June Nichols. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student who graduated from Marshall High School...
Donated by the family and friends of June Nichols. The recipient must be...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Ken and Gwen Mukomela Scholarship
Donated by Ken and Gwen Mukomela. This scholarship is new entering student-athlete majoring in Business or a Business-related major. Apply with...
Donated by Ken and Gwen Mukomela. This scholarship is new entering...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Kenneth and Stella Peterson Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Dr. Kenneth and Stella Peterson. This scholarship will be the interest on the endowment. Recipients are selected on the basis of...
Donated by Dr. Kenneth and Stella Peterson. This scholarship will be the...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018
Varies Lakeview Student Memorial Scholarship
Donated by Cottonwood Community. This scholarship will be awarded to a Cottonwood High School senior in the upper one-fourth of the class, and a...
Donated by Cottonwood Community. This scholarship will be awarded to a...
  • Deadline: 09/08/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/08/2018