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 Better World Books Student Scholarship
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Varies East River Electric
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$0.00 Global Transfer Dean's Scholarship Package
$4,000.00 over four years based on the following academic criteria: GPA...
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$0.00 Global Transfer Leadership Scholarship Package
$3,000.00 over four years based on the following academic criteria: GPA...
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Varies Global Transfer President's Scholarship Package
$10,000.00 over four years based on the following academic criteria: GPA...
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Varies Global Transfer Vice President's Scholarship Package
$6,000.00 over four years based on the following academic criteria: GPA...
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Varies Thomas Sahlstrom Culinology/Hospitality Management Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Thomas Sahlstrom. The recipient must be enrolled as a...
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Varies SMSU Foundation Special Grant Application - SMSU Faculty & Staff Only
This application is for the use of SMSU Faculty and Staff. The SMSU...
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Varies S2S (Student to Student) Recruitment Program
Program whereby current international students could earn a $1,000...
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Varies William Whipple Arts and Humanities Scholarship Fund
Donated by family and friends of William Whipple. This is for...
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Varies Leo Dangel Creative Writing and Literature Scholarship
Donated by faculty and others interested in supporting creative writing...
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Varies Jo and Alan Goodell-Holmes Scholarship
The Jo and Alan Goodell-Holmes Scholarship is to be awarded by the...
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Varies Abacus Fund
Donated by faculty, staff and friends of the university. This recipient...
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Varies Achievement Scholarship Package
1st year – $500 / 2nd year $500 / 3rd year $500 / 4th year $500 –...
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Varies Adam Johan Bergren Chemistry Scholarship
Donated by Adam and Suzanne Bergren. The recipient must be in good...
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Varies Ag Bowl Invitational Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who places during the SMSU Ag...
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Varies Alan Holmes Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established for students majoring in Biology or...
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Varies Alfredo Gonzales Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Oliver Ford, Alumni, Faculty and Friends. This is for...
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Varies All My Favorites Endowed Scholarship
Donated by “All My Favorites” Marshall area musical ensemble. This...
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Varies Alumni Heritage Scholarship
Donated by SMSU Alumni and Friends of SMSU. This is for the children or...
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Varies American Legion Post #113 Scholarship
Donated by the American Legion Post #113 of Marshall and Friends of Post...
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Varies Angel Fund
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Varies Anna Marie Fagerlie Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is designate for a returning SMSU student who is...
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Varies AOS Achievers
Donated by faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Access...
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Varies AOS Scholars
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Varies Arthur J. & Elaine I. Kronke Scholarship
Donated by Dorene (Kronke) McCourt. This scholarship is for a full-time...
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Varies Artus Musica Scholarship
Donated by Artus Musica. This scholarship amount varies based on...
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Varies Ben and Sophie Sumerfelt Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Dan Sumerfelt, this scholarship is for a new entering student...
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Varies Beth Ann Wesselhoeft Presidential Scholarship
Donated by the Beth Ann Wesseslhoeft Estate. This scholarship is for new...
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Varies Betty Lockwood Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Matthew, Chet and Nicholas Lockwood, students eligible for...
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Varies Bob Aufenthie Family Endowed Scholarship
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Varies Breening and Hage Family Scholarship
Donated by Irma D. (Breening) and Rolf B. Hage. This scholarship is for...
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Varies Brent and Mary Jeffers Exercise Science Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Brent and Mary Jeffers. This scholarship is for new or...
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Varies Bronco Scholarship
Donated by Bronco. This scholarship is only the interest earned the...
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Varies Bush Memorial Scholarship Program
Bush Memorial Scholarship Program. This is to provide financial...
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Varies Buuck Family Foundation Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Buuck Family Foundation. This scholarship is for an enrolled...
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Varies Canby SMSU Scholarship
Donated by Canby. This scholarship is for a senior in the upper...
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Varies Carr Properties Endowment
Donated by Carr Properties. Recipients must major in the area of...
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Varies Catherine I. McNally Scholarship
Donated by Michael Kopp. This is for the Outstanding Student of the...
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Varies Cattoor Family Endowed Scholarship
Cattoor Family Endowed Scholarship; Student Athlete, Full Time, 3.0 or...
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Varies Centrol Crop Consulting
This scholarship is funded by Centrol Crop Consulting and will be...
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Varies Chemistry Memorial Scholarship
Donated by Chemistry Faculty. Awards are offered to freshmen, sophomore,...
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Varies Chester & Rena Lockwood Family Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Mrs. Rena Lockwood and Family. This Scholarship selection...
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Varies Clement & Bertha Girard Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Clement and Bertha Girard trust. This is for new full- time...
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Varies College Now Scholarship
At high school graduation, must have earned a minimum of 3.0 or higher...
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Varies Con & Marcy Eckstrom Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Con and Marcy Eckstrom. This is for full-time Art Education...
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Varies Cowan Scholarship
Donated by Catharine Cowan. This is for women entering their junior or...
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Varies Curt Lunde Scholarship
Donated by Curt Lunde Estate. This scholarship is for a new entering...
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Varies Dan and Mary Snobl Scholarship
Donated by Daniel and Mary Snobl. This is for an incoming freshman from...
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Varies Dave and Melissa Werpy Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Dave and Melissa Werpy. It is designated...
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