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 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: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies Ann Marie C. and William G. Crosmun Technical Theatre Award
This scholarship will be awarded to a Theatre Arts major, entering their junior or senior year. The student must be accepted inot a faculty...
This scholarship will be awarded to a Theatre Arts major, entering their...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
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: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
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 involved in music activities....
Donated by Brian and Kris Gruhot. The recipient must be a full-time SMSU...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies Dale Warland Choirs of Note Scholarship
Donated by Choirs of Note. This is for full-time students who participate in the SMSU choirs as assigned by the Director of Choral Activities....
Donated by Choirs of Note. This is for full-time students who...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
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: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies Pep Band Scholarship
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies Rosemary & Soren Munkhof Music Scholarship – Endowment
Donated by Rosemary and Soren Munkhof. This scholarship is only the interest earned from the previous fiscal year. Recipients are selected on the...
Donated by Rosemary and Soren Munkhof. This scholarship is only the...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies Sackrison String Scholarship
Donated by friends, faculty, corporations and foundations. This scholarship will support the activities of the Southwest Minnesota State University...
Donated by friends, faculty, corporations and foundations. This...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies SMSU Forensics New Student Scholarship
The SMSU Forensics New Student Scholarship is to be awarded to fully enrolled, incoming students who express interest and passion in competing on...
The SMSU Forensics New Student Scholarship is to be awarded to fully...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies SMSU Theatre Scholarship
Donated by Contributors from faculty, friends, and alumni. This scholarship is only the interest earned the previous fiscal year. The scholarship...
Donated by Contributors from faculty, friends, and alumni. This...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies SMSU Vocal Scholar Award
Donated by alumni and friends of the SMSU Vocal Program and other organizations/individuals. Recipient will be a declared Vocal Music major or...
Donated by alumni and friends of the SMSU Vocal Program and other...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies University Gala Annual Music Scholarship
Donated by friends of the Southwest Minnesota State University Music Program and University Gala Contributors. This is for a full time student and...
Donated by friends of the Southwest Minnesota State University Music...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies University Gala Endowed Music Scholarship
Donated by friends of the SMSU Music Program and University Gala Contributors. This scholarship is for enrolled full-time students and based on...
Donated by friends of the SMSU Music Program and University Gala...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies University Gala Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship (Art)
Awarded to Art majors and Art Education majors based on participation in Art 260 or 360 Sophomore/Junior Review in the fall or spring. Portfolio...
Awarded to Art majors and Art Education majors based on participation...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
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: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies William and Norma Hezlep Theatre Award
Donated by William Hezlep. This scholarship goes to outstanding theater arts student as determined by the SMSU Theatre faculty. Apply with SMSU...
Donated by William Hezlep. This scholarship goes to outstanding theater...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
Varies William Whipple Arts and Humanities Scholarship Fund
Donated by family and friends of William Whipple. This is for outstanding academic students (of junior or senior standing) in disciplines of the...
Donated by family and friends of William Whipple. This is for...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2021
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: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Athletic Talent Grant - SMSU Women's Swimming & Diving
SMSU Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholarship
SMSU Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholarship
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
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: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
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: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
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: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
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: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Chub Weatherby Women’s Golf Scholarship
Donated by Beth Weatherby and Steve Kramer. This recipient must be a member of the Women’s golf team, be enrolled as a full-time student, and have...
Donated by Beth Weatherby and Steve Kramer. This recipient must be a...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies David M. and Diane R. Taylor Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by David M. and Diane R. Taylor. The recipient must be a student athlete enrolled as a full-time student. They must be in good academic...
Donated by David M. and Diane R. Taylor. The recipient must be a student...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
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: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Drake Bigler Memorial Scholarship
Donated by friends and family of Drake Bigler. Recipient must be enrolled as a full time student and a member of the SMSU Men’s Basketball team.
Donated by friends and family of Drake Bigler. Recipient must be...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Farmer’s Open Ag Scholarship
Donated by proceeds from the Farmer’s Open Ag Golf Tournament. This recipient must be a full-time student athlete majoring in an Ag related field....
Donated by proceeds from the Farmer’s Open Ag Golf Tournament. This...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies George and Leona Klinkner Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by George and Leona Klinkner and is to be awarded to a wheelchair basketball student athlete.
This scholarship is funded by George and Leona Klinkner and is to be...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Glenn Mattke Scholarship Fund
Donated by Glen Mattke. These scholarships are awarded based on an evaluation and approval by athletic director(s), based on student’s scholastic...
Donated by Glen Mattke. These scholarships are awarded based on an...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Henle Printing Company Endowed Scholarship
Donated by The Henle Printing Company. This is for a full- time student athlete majoring in Business Administration. Good academic standing is...
Donated by The Henle Printing Company. This is for a full- time student...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Hugh Curtler Women's Tennis Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Alumni and Friends of SMSU Women’s Tennis. These scholarships are awarded to an enrolled full-time student and a member of the SMSU...
Donated by Alumni and Friends of SMSU Women’s Tennis. These scholarships...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Kyle Hahn Scholarship
The Kyle Hahn Scholarship was established by Time and Dianne Hahn, in memory of their son, Kyle Hahn. This scholarship will be awarded to a member...
The Kyle Hahn Scholarship was established by Time and Dianne Hahn, in...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Mathiowetz/Schaeffer Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by R and G Construction Company and the Mathiowetz/Schaeffer Family. Grants will be made from this scholarship account in accordance with...
Donated by R and G Construction Company and the Mathiowetz/Schaeffer...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Memorial Football Scholarship
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Mike Sterner Wrestling Endowment
Donated by Mike and Karen Sterner, alumni, and friends of SMSU Wrestling. This is for students enrolled as full-time students who are members of...
Donated by Mike and Karen Sterner, alumni, and friends of SMSU...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Mustang Booster Club Scholarship Endowed Contribution
Donated by Mustang Booster Club. These are scholarships that are awarded on the basis of the student’s scholastic potential, past performance,...
Donated by Mustang Booster Club. These are scholarships that are awarded...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Orian and Sue Muecke Family Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Orian and Sue Muecke. This scholarship is for new entering student-athlete. Preference given to a football player. Apply with Athletics...
Donated by Orian and Sue Muecke. This scholarship is for new entering...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies R.A. Colvin Scholarship
Donated by Friends and Family of R.A. Colvin. This is for students who demonstrate leadership and academic ability. This scholarship will be...
Donated by Friends and Family of R.A. Colvin. This is for students who...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Ron and Marilyn McLaughlin Scholarship
Donated by Marilyn McLaughlin, family and friends. Recipient must be enrolled as a full time student, and be in junior or senior standing. Student...
Donated by Marilyn McLaughlin, family and friends. Recipient must be...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies SMSU Carmen DeKoster Women's Basketball Endowed Scholarship
Donated by alumni and friends of SMSU Women’s Basketball. These scholarships are awarded to an enrolled full-time student and a member of the SMSU...
Donated by alumni and friends of SMSU Women’s Basketball. These...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Tammy Sterzinger Memorial Scholarship
Donated by family and friends of Tammy Sterzinger. This is for students who have completed three seasons of competition and entering the fourth...
Donated by family and friends of Tammy Sterzinger. This is for students...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Warren and Ardella Quarnstrom Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Warren and Ardella Quarnstrom. This scholarship is for new entering full-time student-athlete in intercollegiate athletics. Apply with...
Donated by Warren and Ardella Quarnstrom. This scholarship is for new...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Wood Women's Golf Annual Scholarship
Donated by Ron and Sandy Wood. Recipient must be a member of the women’s golf team and hold a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Donated by Ron and Sandy Wood. Recipient must be a member of the women’s...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
Varies Wood Women's Golf Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a member of the SMSU Women’s Golf team with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Awarded to a member of the SMSU Women’s Golf team with a GPA of 2.0 or...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/01/2021
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: 09/10/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/10/2021
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: 09/10/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/10/2021
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: 09/10/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/10/2021
Varies Alumni Heritage Scholarship
Donated by SMSU Alumni and Friends of SMSU. This is for the children or grandchildren of SMSU Alumni. The scholarship is available for new...
Donated by SMSU Alumni and Friends of SMSU. This is for the children or...
  • Deadline: 09/10/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/10/2021