Undergraduate Admissions

First-Year Student (Freshman) Scholarships

St. Cloud State University seeks to reward high achieving students for their academic successes through various scholarship opportunities. As part of your application for admission, you are also applying for merit scholarships. Students who are admitted will automatically be considered for the majority of SCSU new student scholarships.

First Year Student Academic Scholarships
First year students who are admitted to the University prior to March 1 will be considered for an academic scholarship. These scholarships awarded through the Office of Admissions will not require an additional application and are merit based; factoring into consideration a 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 four years pending GPA and course requirements are met.

Wondering if you will qualify for a First Year Student Academic Scholarship? Scholarship award amounts are based on the class rank, GPA, and official test scores submitted at the time of admission. Scholars will be notified upon admission to the University if they will be receiving an Academic Scholarship.

Students can expect to receive a scholarship if you are

  • in the top 30% of your class, and
  • have scored at least a 23 on your ACT, or
  • have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

For students attending a non-ranking high school, you can expect an award if you

  • have scored at least a 23 on your ACT, or
  • have a 3.30 cumulative GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

Take a look at some sample students below to see if you might be eligible for an Academic Scholarship.

  Student 1 Student 2 Student 3 Student 4 Student 5
ACT Score 21 25 23 25 34
GPA 3.90 3.50 3.30 3.90 4.0
Class Rank Top 10% Top 20% Top 30% No Rank No Rank
Yearly Award $2,500 $1,000 $750 $2,000 $5,000


Scholars are welcome to submit any new test scores or an updated transcript prior to March 1 for
re-evaluation of their current scholarship. Keep in mind that awards will not be decreased based on updated information.


Fall 2014 First Year Student Academic Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2014



Residence Life Academic Scholarship - *NEW*
All first-year students that earn an academic scholarship will also be eligible for a Residence Hall Scholarship. These awards range from $500-$1,000 per year and can be renewed for up to four years. In order to be eligible, students must be admitted by March 1st and complete a housing agreement no later than May 1st.

Cultural Diversity Scholarships
New students who contribute to the cultural diversity at St. Cloud State University will be automatically considered for these awards. To be eligible, students should demonstrate strong academic achievement through their curriculum, academic record and standardized test scores.

Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships
Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships are awarded to new first year students who do not otherwise qualify for in-state or reciprocity tuition. Recipients pay the equivalent of in-state tuition. Applicants must rank in the top 15% of their graduating class or earn a composite score of 25 or above on the ACT/1140 SAT (excluding writing). All students who meet the above requirements will be automatically awarded the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship on an on-going basis. There is no application deadline.

University Honors Program
Many students who meet our academic scholarship requirements also find themselves to be a good fit for our University Honors Program. UHP is a highly selective program that offers bright, motivated students the opportunity to take charge of their education and engage with faculty and other like-minded, achievement oriented students while completing University requirements. Applications for Honors are accepted after students are admitted to SCSU and are available online: University Honors Program

Departmental Scholarships
Individual departments at SCSU also may provide scholarships to new entering students. Requirements for these awards are established by the department in which the student has chosen to major or participate. Students may contact the department directly or utilize SCSU's Scholarship Search for application materials and deadlines.

Foundation-Sponsored Scholarships

SCSU also offers scholarships provided by friends and alumni of the University available for both incoming first-year and transfer students.
     

All Scholarship applicants must be admitted to the University by January 25th and will be required to submit the online application and supplemental materials (letter(s) of recommendation and activities resume) no later than February 15th. All scholarship award winners will be notified of their award by April 1st.

Set up your State 24/7 VIP Account to access the Foundation-Sponsored Scholarship application.

Second Generation Scholarship for the Children of SCSU Alumni

  • Must be a dependent child of SCSU alumni
  • Enroll full time at SCSU
  • Entering SCSU as an undergraduate for the first time as a first year student with a B average or above

Floyd & Virgie Beumer Scholarship

  • Graduate of Rocori High School in Cold Spring, MN
  • Demonstrated financial need

Charles and Laurel Brainard Scholarship

  • Student must have financial need and demonstrate leadership potential
  • Incoming student must have a good academic record
  • Must be full-time students

Dudley and Merl Brainard Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student with a good academic record
  • Student must have financial need and demonstrate leadership potential

Diana & Robert Carter Scholarship

  • Must intend to major in the G.R. Herberger College of Business
  • Preference given to female students
  • Recipient must be admitted as regularly enrolled full-time student

Coborn’s Incorporated Scholarship

  • Intended for first year students demonstrating financial need and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Available to a new incoming student who has lived and graduated from a high school in a community where there is a Coborn's, Incorporated store

Coborn Plaza New Entering Veteran Student Scholarship

  • Students eligible for this scholarship must be an admitted to St. Cloud State University
  • A completed housing agreement on file to live in Coborn Plaza Apartments
  • Incoming transfer student must have a good academic record
  • A Veteran of military service
  • Download the Scholarship Application

Minnie Boese Depuis Scholarship

  • Incoming student who demonstrates financial need
  • Preference given to a graudate of Becker High School or a student from Sherburne County

Myers Family Scholarship

  • Graduated from a high school with fewer than 100 students in their graduating class or is from a city with a population of less than 5,000 residents
  • Demonstrated financial need

Grace Scholarship

  • Incoming student who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Intends to enroll full time and has demonstrated financial need

Richard Green Scholarship

  • Incoming student who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Intends to enroll full time and will contribute to the cultural diversity of the University
  • Preference given to students who participate in extracurricular activities and community service.

Harry and Jan Hoelscher Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student who has at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Active member of St. Peter's Parish in St. Cloud, MN
  • Preference given to students who demonstrate financial need

Arthur J. Kurtzman Sr. Scholarship in Education

  • New incoming student who enrolls as a full time student who graduated from the high school serving Avon residents or the high school serving Rockville residents, provided they attended all elementary grades in either Avon or Rockville, MN
  • Intend to become teachers

The James W. Miller Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Incoming first year students from the 11 county Central Minnesota area who demonstrate high financial need
  • Student should have a good academic record

Lula Mische Freshmen Scholarship

  • Incoming first year students enrolling full time who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or disabilities, or who are first generation college students

Alys Mayman Misho Freshman Scholarship

  • Incoming student in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Demonstration of leadership through extracurricular activities and leadership positions (through high school and community involvements)
  • Preference for students from Central Minnesota

Margaret L. Nearly Future Teachers Scholarships

  • Incoming full time first year student who intends to become an elementary school teacher
  • Demonstrated superior academic ability

Optimist Club Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student with good academic ability
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • Information coming soon!

Ronald G Perrier Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Intended arts major wtih strong proficiency in athletic performance

Lauren Marie Riesgraf Endowed Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student graduating from Maple Grove or Annandale High School (MN) with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Enroll as a full time student and be working to pay for a portion of his/her college education
  • Essay Topic: Describe your goals and aspirations upon graduation from high school and how receiving this scholarship may help in the pursuit of your dreams (approximately 300 words)

Fred N and Blanche L Sartell Scholarship in Elementary Education

  • Incoming first year student intending to major in Elementary Education who ranks in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • Participation in extra-curricular activites (high school and community) will be considered
  • Preference given to students residing in Sartell, MN

Susan Lynn Webb Scholarship

  • Incoming student with strong participation in activities with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Student should have a good academic record

Xcel Energy Foundation Endowed Scholarship

  • Incoming first year student intending to major in mathematics or the sciences
  • Consideration for students who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantages or disabilities, or who are first generation college students

Legacy Tuition Waiver

  • Available for students from non-reciprocity states who are not otherwise receiving in-state tuition rates
  • Students whose parent, step-parent or adopted parent graduated from SCSU are eligible for this award, which enables recipients to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition
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