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Graduate School

Tuition Awards, Grants, Assistantships, and Scholarships

The Graduate School and specific graduate programs offer students a number of ways to seek financial assistance for their graduate education.

Tuition Awards

Presidential Graduate Awards
Awarded to nonresident and international graduate students as a reduction in tuition for their first semester or year of study, this award is based on

  • Full admission status in an MSU graduate program
  • Verification of residency
  • Recommendation by the program offering admission

ND Resident Tuition Awards
Awarded to North Dakota residents as a reduction in tuition for their first semester or year of study, this award is based on

  • Full admission status in an MSU graduate program
  • Recommendation by the program offering admission

*Students selected for the Presidential Awards and the ND Resident Tuition Awards will receive an Offer of Admission, including the tuition award, from the Graduate Dean. The admission and award must be accepted by the student within the timeframe indicated in the Offer of Admission in order to receive the award.

Cultural Diversity Tuition Awards
MSU has the authority to provide tuition awards to North Dakota graduate students from diverse ethnic and/or cultural backgrounds. The award may be renewed. This award is based on

  • Full admission status in a graduate program
  • Number of credit hours enrolled in per semester
  • Completion of a Graduate School Cultural Diversity Tuition Award Application where student self-identifies status as culturally/ethnically diverse which must match the applicant's admission application information.

Awardees are nominated by the Graduate Dean and awarded by the Director of Financial Aid.

Grants

Math and Science Grant Funding opportunities: The Division of Science and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science have obtained a grant (funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title II, Part B, Math and Science Partnership Grant from the ND Department of Public Instruction) to fund professional development opportunities and graduate coursework for K-12 math and science teachers.

Assistantships

The MSU Graduate School offers over $28,000 in graduate teaching and research assistantships each year. Assistantships are available through the various academic programs, and students interesting in applying for an assistantship should submit the Graduate School Assistantship Application(pdf) at least one semester prior to the semester they wish to be awarded that assistantship.

To be eligible for an assistantship, students must be

  • Fully admitted in an MSU graduate program
  • Enrolled full-time (9 semester hour in the fall/spring; 6 semester hours in the summer) or working on their final thesis or project
  • In good academic standing
  • Selected by the program faculty for a specific assignment and be approved by the graduate dean

Scholarships

To be considered for any of the following scholarships, please complete the Graduate School Scholarship Application. Most scholarships are awarded prior to the fall semester; priority is given to applications received by June 1.

Communication Disorders-Speech Language Pathology Scholarships: To be considered for any of these scholarships, complete the Graduate School Scholarship Application form.

  • North Dakota Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Scholarships: Available to graduate and undergraduate students of a least junior status majoring in communication disorders.
  • Minot Sertoma Club Scholarship: Established by the Minot Sertoma Club to aid students in hearing and speech. One scholarship is awarded each year to a student in education of the deaf and one to a student speech pathology, both on the basis of scholarship and need.
  • Scottish Rite: Scholarships available for graduate and undergraduate students in Communication Disorders.
  • Hearing and Training Center: Scholarship for graduate students in Communication Disorders minimum GPA is 3.5.
  • Edna Gilbert: Scholarship available for anyone majoring in Communication Disorders.

Special Education Scholarships: To be considered for any of these scholarships, complete the Graduate School Scholarship Application form.

  • Dr. Ronald E. Archer Memorial Scholarship: Established by Hazel Archer in memory of her husband who was major influence in the well-being of mentally retarded citizens of North Dakota. Applicants must be a junior or senior majoring in the education of mentally retarded. Bane-Sather Scholarship Fund: Established by H. Paul Crockett and Frances Bain Crockett in memory of his wife’s father, Walter James Bane, and his mother Mary Elva Sather. Applicants must be a full time, older than average student maintaining a 2.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. This annual scholarship is awarded to a student in education of the deaf.
  • Elsie May Deeter Hearing Impaired Scholarship: Established by Elsie May Deeter, who spent her entire teaching career working with the hearing impaired. It is for the benefit of hearing impaired students or those students studying to be a teacher for the hearing impaired.
  • Florence Lake Scholarship: Established by Florence Lake, a leader in education of the hearing-impaired children who was instrumental in establishing the program at Minot State University. This annual scholarship is awarded to students in education of the deaf on the basis of academic achievement and financial needs.
  • Frances V. Leach Scholarship: Established by the late Mrs. Thomas W. Leach of Towner, North Dakota, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, to encourage and support special education. Priority is given to a graduate student from Towner or McHenry County majoring in learning disabilities. If no graduate student applies, the scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student from Towner or McHenry County majoring in special education.
  • Hooterville Lion Edwin R. Hovrud Memorial Scholarship: Established by the Hooterville Flion Lions in memory of Lion Edwin Hovrud. Awarded annually to a needy freshman in a special education curriculum.
  • Minot Sertoma Club Scholarship: Established by the Minot Sertoma Club to aid students in hearing and speech. One scholarship is awarded each year to a student in education of the deaf and one to a student speech pathology, both on the basis of scholarship and need.
  • Special Education Scholarship: Awarded to a sophomore student with declared special education major, who maintained a GPA of 3.5 during the freshman year. This award is renewable for one year based on satisfactory progress.
  • Quota Club: Scholarship available to a student who works with or prepares to work with the hearing impaired.