Domestic Student Scholarships

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Financing your degree is a big concern. While many scholarship programs focus on undergraduate education, there are scholarships available for graduate education. The School of Graduate Studies annually awards three types of scholarships:

  • Graduate Dean’s Distinction Scholarship
  • Graduate Friend’s Fellowships
  • Shirley Schrader Graduate Scholarship for Women

In addition, colleges and departments offer scholarships for students in their programs, there are non-traditional student scholarships that are often open to graduate students and more.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid has a search tool that can help you in identifying scholarships. (For a list of SCSU Scholarships available to graduate students, begin your search by clicking on Current Students.) 

Graduate Dean's Distinction Scholarship

There are approximately five $2,000 scholarships available to new academically-gifted graduate students who are U.S. residents or citizens and will begin an on-campus, full-time master-level program in the fall semester. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and they provide recognition and financial reward to some of SCSU's best graduate students.

To be considered, an applicant must possess an overall baccalaureate grade point average of 3.5 or higher or be a McNair Scholar. The maximum amount a student can be awarded is $1,000 per semester for a total of $2,000 over the period of two semesters. A recipient must be enrolled in at least nine credits for each semester the scholarship is awarded.

Application Deadline

The application date is March 15 each year and awards are distributed the following academic year.

Graduate Friend's Fellowships

These fellowships are offered to outstanding students from non-reciprocity states, who have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher or are McNair Scholars. Four $4,000 scholarships are awarded to new academically gifted graduate students who are U.S. residents or citizens and who will begin an on-campus program, full-time master-level program in the fall semester. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and they provide recognition and financial reward to some of SCSU's best graduate students.

To be considered, an applicant must possess an overall baccalaureate grade point average of 3.75 or higher or be a McNair Scholar. The maximum amount a student can be awarded is $2,000 per semester for a total of $4,000 over the period of two semesters. A recipient must be enrolled in at least nine credits for each semester the scholarship is awarded.

Application Deadline

The application date is March 15 each year and awards are distributed the following academic year.

Shirley Schrader Graduate Scholarship for Women

This scholarship is open to new admitted and currently enrolled female graduate students age 30 or older. Applicants must be attending an on-campus program. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, be enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credits per semester, and provide a brief statement. Pending the availability of funds, the maximum award for a 12-month period is $1,000.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application is March 15.

Shelvie Christian Non-Traditional Student Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is open to non-traditional students age 25 or older. Applicants must be involved in SCSU student extracurricular activities. Full-time or part-time students may apply. The award for the year is $500. Forms are available from and need to be returned to the Director of CSOLD, 139 Atwood Center.

Application Deadline

The annual application deadline is in February.

Graduate Departmental Scholarships

Scholarships are also awarded at the department level. The following departments offer scholarships to their graduate students:

  • Applied Economics
  • Biology
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Administration
  • Education Leadership
  • English
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Information Media
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Special Education
  • University Organizations
  • Women's Center

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid has created a searchable database for available scholarships. To obtain eligibility requirements for departmental scholarships, please go to www5.stcloudstate.edu/financialaid/scholarship.

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