MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

April 1, 2017

 Scholarship funds available for non-traditional students


Do you know someone who may be looking to change their path in life or to pursue a change in career? Please encourage her or him to check out Mayville State and possible financial assistance available to non-traditional students through the Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship.

The Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship is intended for non-traditional aged students, 25 years of age and older. The recipients must be full-time, degree-seeking students. Eligible students must demonstrate a need for funds as evidenced by information submitted through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarship may be awarded to those in pursuit of associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. Preference is given to females, but both males and females are considered. The scholarship is renewable to students who maintain a 2.0 grade point average or greater. With each term, there is an expectation of improvement.

The Nelson Family endowed Scholarship was established at Mayville State in 2011 through a million-dollar gift, the largest single monetary charitable contribution ever received by Mayville State University. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous.

Each year, a percentage of the endowed fund is used to provide scholarships that help non-traditional students achieve their goals. The first scholarship allotment of more than $40,000 was awarded in the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship is geared especially toward those individuals who may be changing their paths in life or those pursuing changes in careers. A special emphasis of the scholarship is to promote the concept of volunteerism, leadership development, and out-of-classroom experiences for the scholarship recipients.

There is still funding available for the fall semester of 2017. Even though the February 15 scholarship application deadline has passed, people are encouraged to apply for the Nelson Family Scholarship. If you know of someone who may qualify and would benefit from this scholarship funding, please share this information and encourage them to get registered for admission and to apply for the scholarship at

We have more great news for prospective students! The “Mayville State Mania” campaign has been a huge success and we’ve decided to extend our special incentives through the month of April!

As part of “Mayville State Mania,” we’re waiving the $35 application fee for the entire month of April. In addition, a number of other incentives are being offered in April. Those who take a campus tour, either in person on campus or virtually, will receive a $250 housing credit for the Fall Semester of 2017 and a $100 textbook bundle credit from the MSU Bookstore for the Fall Semester of 2017. To top it off, all who visit during the month of April will be entered into a drawing for MSU’s Golden Ticket – 50% off tuition for the Fall Semester of 2017. In addition to these great offers, there will be lots of giveaways and weekly drawings. (Disclaimers apply to each of these offers.) See all the details at

Mayville State offers more than 77 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. With this great variety of opportunities, we’ve got the affordable, quality academic plans of study that will help students achieve their goals and kick start their careers. In addition, our wonderful physical campus improvements over the past several years have made for a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn and grow.

Mayville State helps students achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals at an extremely affordable price. Mayville State University has received commendations from several entities, including the Princeton Review, which has named MSU a “Best in the Midwest” college for several consecutive years, and, which named Mayville State “One of 30 Most Attractive Yet Affordable College Campuses.” Mayville State students experience opportunity, convenience, flexibility, and success.

Whether studying on campus or online, each student is considered to be a very important member of the Mayville State family. Our faculty and staff take great pride in providing the top-notch personal service students deserve, and go out of their way to help to make the transition from high school to college easy.

For more information about enrolling at Mayville State, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 701-788-4842 or See the many opportunities available at Mayville State on our website at