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 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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Alpha Psi Omega Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies AOS Scholars
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Athletic Talent Grant - SMSU Men's Basketball
Men’s Basketball Scholarship
Men’s Basketball Scholarship
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
$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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: $525.00
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Clayton Schwerin Scholarship
Donated by Clayton Schwerin. This recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student and in good academic standing. Student must be within the...
Donated by Clayton Schwerin. This recipient must be enrolled as a...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Con & Marcy Eckstrom Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Con and Marcy Eckstrom. This is for full-time Art Education or Physical Education majors of Sophomore/Junior/Senior academic standing....
Donated by Con and Marcy Eckstrom. This is for full-time Art Education...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Cowan Scholarship
Donated by Catharine Cowan. This is for women entering their junior or senior year majoring in Psychology with a minimum GPA of 2.9 Apply with the...
Donated by Catharine Cowan. This is for women entering their junior or...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Dale Warland Choirs of Note Scholarship
Donated by Choirs of Note. This is for full-time students who are members of the SMSU choir and nominated by their High School Choral Director....
Donated by Choirs of Note. This is for full-time students who are...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Denbeck Family Scholarship
Donated by Deb Denbeck. This is for a full-time student, member of the SMSU volleyball team who has completed final season and holds a GPA of...
Donated by Deb Denbeck. This is for a full-time student, member of the...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Dick Bragg Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by family and friends of Dick Bragg. This scholarship is for student athletes enrolled as a full-time student. Apply with Director of...
Donated by family and friends of Dick Bragg. This scholarship is for...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Dr. Gordon S. and Helen Wands Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Dr. Patrick Wands, Tim and Teresa Wands and Family, Shannon and Jeff Sward and Family, and Gary Wands. This scholarship is for a fourth...
Donated by Dr. Patrick Wands, Tim and Teresa Wands and Family, Shannon...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
Varies Dr. M. Michael Suzuki Vocal Scholarship
Donated by Dr. M. Michael Suzuki. The student must be a full time upperclassman student not in their final semester. They must be a Music or...
Donated by Dr. M. Michael Suzuki. The student must be a full time...
  • Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018
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: 03/01/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline03/01/2018