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Scholarships

St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a new online scholarship management system, AcademicWorks. Beginning January 5, 2015 you will be able to search scholarship opportunities and apply for them through one streamlined system.

How will it work?  AcademicWorks imports key data from the SCSU student records system on a nightly basis. This minimizes the information you need to enter in the online application. AcademicWorks is easy to use and secure.  It is currently used by over 300 universities.

St. Cloud State Scholarships

Current Students: Starting January 5, 2015, simply complete the secure, online scholarship application and you will automatically be considered for SCSU scholarship opportunities for which you qualify. You may be eligible for additional scholarships by answering supplemental questions or submitting an essay - all done online.

Incoming First-year Students: SCSU seeks to reward high achieving students for their academic successes through various scholarship opportunities.  SCSU offers two types of scholarships for first-year students.

  • Academic Scholarships: First-year students who are admitted to St. Cloud State University prior to March 1 will be considered for academic scholarships and are awarded through the Office of Admissions. These scholarships are merit based and will not require a scholarship application. Consideration is based on the student's academic record, class rank, and standardized test scores.  Academic scholarships range from $750-$5,000 per year and are renewable for up to 4 years pending GPA and course requirements are met.
  • Foundation-Sponsored Scholarships: Starting January 5, 2015, simply fill out the secure, online scholarship application and you will automatically be considered for SCSU scholarship opportunities for which you qualify. You may be eligible for additional scholarships by answering supplemental questions or submitting an essay- all done online.

Transfer Students: The Office of Admissions awards a limited number of scholarships to newly admitted, incoming transfer students with strong academic credentials. 

Private Scholarship Opportunities

Many professional associations and service organizations make scholarship awards to deserving students.  SCSU's AcademicWorks site will provide current information about these private scholarships opportunities. This site is updated as we receive information on additional scholarships, so be sure to check it on a regular basis.

If you want to take your scholarship search a step further, there are a number of scholarship searches that allow you to set up a personal profile to match you with scholarship criteria.  We list a few popular scholarship search sites on the SCSU AcademicWorks site.

When beginning your scholarship search, your best opportunities will be close to home.  A thorough check of these resources can uncover the majority of your scholarship possibilities.

  • Check with your high school counselor, your local library, and watch your local newspaper for scholarship announcements.
  • Check with employers and any organizations in which you or your parents are members.
  • If you have already selected a career field, contact professional organizations in that field for potential scholarship opportunities.

Keep in mind that it may take an investment of time and energy to apply for scholarships. Remember that you may apply for multiple scholarships. Whenever applying for a scholarship not sponsored by the university, beware of scholarship scams.

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