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.

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Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Business Administration Scholarship
Donated by individuals interested in supporting the SMSU Business...
Varies James Babcock Memorial Scholarship
Donated by Family and Friends of James Babcock. This scholarship is for...
Varies Mark Edelmann Scholarship
Donated by Mark W. Edelmann. This is for students of sophomore or...
Varies Michael Bjerkesett Presidential Scholarship
Donated by Michael Bjerkesett. For Junior or Seniors majoring in any...
Varies Thomas J. & Linda Sanders Endowed Scholarship
Donated by Thomas J. and Linda Sanders. This is for students who have...
Varies Upper Midwest Employers Association
Donated by the Upper Midwest Employers Association. The scholarship is...