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 John Zwach Endowment for the Study of Local Government
Donated by John Zwach family and friends. This is for students who demonstrate leadership and participate in addressing issues. The student must...
Donated by John Zwach family and friends. This is for students who...
  • Deadline: 04/10/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/10/2020
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: 04/10/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/10/2020
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: 04/10/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/10/2020
Varies Walter L. Mann Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Walter L. Mann Estate. The requirements for this scholarship are for a student to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be an employee of the...
Donated by Walter L. Mann Estate. The requirements for this scholarship...
  • Deadline: 04/10/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/10/2020
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: 04/12/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/12/2020
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: 04/12/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/12/2020
Varies SMSU Library Scholarship
Donated by Southwest State University Library Staff. This is for library student workers only. The student must have least 1 full semester (hired...
Donated by Southwest State University Library Staff. This is for...
  • Deadline: 04/13/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/13/2020
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: 04/17/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline04/17/2020
Varies SMSU TRIO Upward Bound/Talent Search Scholarship
As a TRIO Upward Bound Senior or Talent Search Qualifier, you’ve proven that you aspire to achieve. Participating in a pre-college program gives...
As a TRIO Upward Bound Senior or Talent Search Qualifier, you’ve proven...
  • Deadline: 06/15/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/15/2020
$0.00 MDU Resources Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Donated by MDU Resources Foundation. The recipients will meet the college’s general and academic standards and must be at least a sophomore...
Donated by MDU Resources Foundation. The recipients will meet the...
  • Deadline: 06/22/2020
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline06/22/2020
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: 06/30/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline06/30/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies 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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies Betty Lockwood Presidential Scholarship
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies Bob Aufenthie Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies Bremer Wealth Management Endowed Scholarship
  • Deadline: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies 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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies Connie J. Gores Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a new entering, first generation student who demonstrates financial need.
This scholarship is awarded to a new entering, first generation student...
  • Deadline: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies Deans' Scholarship Package
This scholarship will be awarded to new incoming freshmen with 22-23 ACT or GPA of 3.3-3.59 *Requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 with qualifying ACT score
This scholarship will be awarded to new incoming freshmen with 22-23 ACT...
  • Deadline: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
Varies Elmer M. Weltz Scholarship
Donated by the Elmer M. Weltz Trust
Donated by the Elmer M. Weltz Trust
  • Deadline: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020
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: 09/11/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline09/11/2020