Minot State announces new Academic Excellence Scholarship

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University has announced a new Academic Excellence Scholarship for incoming freshmen with the opportunity to receive up to $10,000.

“We are so excited to offer a GPA-only based scholarship,” said Michelle Sayler, enrollment services director. “We have seen fewer students submitting their ACT and SAT scores, and this gives a scholarship opportunity to those students who are not taking those tests.”

New freshmen admitted by the University’s priority deadline of Feb. 15, 2024 that meet academic standards are automatically eligible for the award. Dependent on final unweighted high school GPAs, the Academic Excellence Scholarship will award funds every year a student is enrolled at Minot State for a maximum of four years.

“The Academic Excellence Scholarship provides an easy way for new freshmen students to predict their level of eligibility for our exciting new renewable scholarship,” said Laurie Weber, financial aid director.

Total scholarship award amounts are determined by a student’s final unweighted high school GPA, broken into four tiers: $2,500 for a 3.0-3.49 GPA, $5,000 for 3.5-3.69, $7,500 for 3.7-3.89, and $10,000 for a 3.9+ GPA.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship replaces the Automatic 4-Year Award, which was based off final unweighted high school GPA and ACT or SAT score.

“The ACT/SAT has not been a requirement for the admissions process for some time now,” explained Sayler. “This new scholarship model is a better fit for prospective students.”

The new scholarship empowers prospective full-time students with a renewable financial aid opportunity, as the total award amount is evenly split between four years.

“Newly admitted incoming freshmen students will be automatically evaluated for the Academic Excellence Scholarship upon admission to Minot State, and they can also apply for additional Minot State scholarships,” said Weber. “The 2024-25 Minot State Scholarship Application will open Dec. 1, 2023 for these additional scholarships with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2024.”

Offering a quality education at the right price, 91% of Minot State freshmen students receive scholarships and/or grants to help with the costs of their higher education.

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Published: 09/07/23   

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