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Undergraduate Award Programs

Students must be admitted to Minot State University by the February 15 priority deadline to automatically be awarded the Great Plains Exceptional Scholar, Distinctive & Engaged Scholar, and Service for the Common Good Awards. Awards are bases on official high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores provided to the MSU Enrollment Services Office. No separate application is required for these programs. 

To apply for the Great Plains Transfer and Diversity Awards, submit the 2017-2018 General Scholarship & Award Application by the February 15th priority deadline. 

Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered as funding is available.

Great Plains Exceptional Scholar Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • New freshmen with a minimum high school GPA of 3.65 and a minimum ACT score of 30 are eligible to apply.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The award represents a 100% tuition waiver (does not include fees) for eight consecutive semesters (fall and spring only), provided renewal criteria is met.
  • The award is contingent upon:
    • Living on campus your freshman year
    • Enrollment in 15 or more credits per semester of on campus courses
    • Enrollment in the Honors Program
  • Renewal Criteria:
    • Receive a passing grade in 12 or more credits for fall and spring semesters
    • Enrollment in 15 or more credits of on campus courses for fall and spring semesters
    • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA
    • Continued enrollment in the Honors Program
  • Students who withdraw forfeit their award.
  • If all or a portion of your tuition is paid by a 3rd party agency, this award may be reduced or canceled.
  • The award is non-refundable.
  • A student may receive only one academic tuition waiver award per year.  Students eligible for more than one award will receive the greater of the academic awards being offered.
  • The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus).  Institutional funds include any award program and endowed scholarships.

Distinctive and Engaged Scholar Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • New freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 and an ACT score between 18 and 29 are eligible to apply. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • The award is divided between fall and spring semesters.
  • Enrollment in 12 or more credits of on campus courses for fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn a fall semester GPA of 2.25 or greater.
  • The award is one-time, non-renewable.
  • Students who withdraw forfeit their award.
  • If all or a portion of your tuition is paid by a 3rd party agency, this award may be reduced or canceled.
  • The award is non-refundable.
  • A student may receive only one academic tuition waiver award per year.  Students eligible for more than one award will receive the greater of the academic awards being offered.
  • The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus).  Institutional funds include any award program and endowed scholarships.

Service for the Common Good Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • New freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 and an ACT score between 18 and 29 are eligible to apply.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The award is divided between fall and spring semesters.
  • Enrollment in 12 or more credits of on campus courses for fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn a fall semester GPA of 2.25 or greater.
  • The award is one-time, non-renewable.
  • Students who withdraw forfeit their award.
  • If all or a portion of your tuition is paid by a 3rd party agency, this award may be reduced or canceled.
  • The award is non-refundable.
  • A student may receive only one academic tuition waiver award per year.  Students eligible for more than one award will receive the greater of the academic awards being offered.
  • The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus).  Institutional funds include any award program and endowed scholarships

Great Plains Transfer Student Scholar Award

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are transferring a minimum of 24 but no more than 70 credits are eligible to apply.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The award is divided between fall and spring semesters.
  • Enrollment in 12 or more credits of on campus courses for fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn a fall semester GPA of 2.25 or greater.
  • The award is one-time, non-renewable.
  • Students who withdraw forfeit their award.
  • If all or a portion of your tuition is paid by a 3rd party agency, this award may be reduced or canceled.
  • The award is non-refundable.
  • A student may receive only one academic tuition waiver award per year.  Students eligible for more than one award will receive the greater of the academic awards being offered.
  • The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus).  Institutional funds include any award program and endowed scholarships.

Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver

The Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver promotes diversity on campus through assistance to historically under-represented individuals and economically disadvantaged students. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate new freshmen with a high school GPA of 2.25 or greater and transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or greater and pursuing a first bachelor's degree.  Eligibility will be based on the ethnicity as listed on the MSU Admission Application.

Renewal Criteria:

  • Enrollment in 12 or more credits for fall and spring semesters.
  • Receive a passing grade in 24 or more credits for the fall and spring semesters.
  • Earn a 2.25 or greater semester GPA and 2.25 or higher cumulative GPA.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The award applies only to the tuition charged for on-campus and off-campus face-to-face courses.
  • Students who withdraw forfeit their award.
  • If all or a portion of your tuition is paid by a 3rd party agency, this award may be reduced or canceled.
  • The award is non-refundable.
  • Available to US residents only.
    •  ND residents - 50% tuition waiver
    •  Contiguous residents - 25% tuition waiver
      • Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota
    •  WUE residents - 10% tuition waiver
      • Alaska. Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
    •  Non-resident - 10% tuition waiver
  • A student may receive only one academic tuition waiver award per year.  Students eligible for more than one award will receive the greater of the academic awards being offered.
  • The maximum amount a student can receive from institutional funds cannot exceed the tuition, fees and books, and room and board (if living on campus).  Institutional funds include any award program and endowed scholarships

All awards are subject to change by institutional or state board policy.