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Honor, Leader and Non-Resident Merit Scholarships

This scholarship fund is very limited and will be offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis, so send official transcripts and test scores in so an offer can be made. Submission of your application and materials does not guarantee the financial award. 
These scholarships are for new freshmen and transfers and will be awarded based on a review of students' previous academic performance. Students do not need to submit an application for these academic awards, but must submit their high school and college transcripts to be considered. These scholarships are offered and awarded by the Office of Recruitment and Outreach. Honor and Leadership Scholarships are generally awarded to students from North Dakota and Minnesota and vary from $1000 to $2,500. Non-Resident Merit Scholarships are awarded to students from other states and provinces and will vary from $1,000 to $2,000 for 2022-23, depending upon the student's state of residence and previous academic performance, and are renewable.

Endowed MSU Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships designated for specific academic divisions are awarded by that designated division. Scholarship applications received by the February 15 deadline are sent to division chairs for their review and determination. Other scholarship recommendations are made by the Financial Aid Committee. A listing of all current MSU Foundation scholarships can be found at "Browse all Scholarships."

Cultural Diversity Waivers
Students are required to apply each year  by completing an application available from the Student Services Office in Old Main 107 or online at Cultural Diversity Waiver form. Students must have maintained a cumulative institutional grade point average of at least 2.00 to be considered for a renewal. Recipients of diversity waivers may be required to reside in campus residence halls.
International Student Waivers

Students are required to apply each year  by completing an application available from the Student Services Office in Old Main 107. Students must have maintained a cumulative institutional grade point average of at least 2.50 to be considered for a renewal. Recipients of international student waivers must also reside in campus housing during the terms in which they receive a waiver. Fill out the International Student Waiver form.

Renewals of Non-resident Student Tuition Waivers

These do not require a new application each year, but the student recipients must meet specific academic performance standards. Students who are residents of any state, other than North Dakota or Minnesota, will be eligible for non-resident tuition waivers. Students who attain an institutional grade point average of 2.5 - 2.99 after the spring term will be considered for a half-waiver, while those students with a 3.00 - 4.00 GPA will be considered for a full waiver.

Participation Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those students who participate in band and choir. Participation is the only basis for eligibility.

Other Scholarships

Scholarships from external groups are available and students are encouraged to apply. Information is provided via e-mail as these scholarship opportunities become available.

Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship

The Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity that is meant to help non-traditional students achieve their goals. The assistance is especially geared 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.

Click here for more information or to apply for the Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship.

ND Scholarships
Dual Credit Scholarship

This unique scholarship program is available only to those students enrolled in dual credit high school courses offered through Mayville State.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must have completed at least one Mayville State Dual Credit course in high school prior to their full time enrollment at Mayville State as a Freshman in the fall semester after high school graduation. Students will earn scholarships equivalent to the cost of their Dual Credit tuition for their freshman year at Mayville State. The scholarship will not exceed the total amount of $2000.

For example! Let’s say you took English 110, English 120 and Math 103 from Mayville State as dual credit for $345.00 per class. Let’s also say you passed all those classes with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. That means if you come to Mayville State University in your freshmen year, you would get that money back as a scholarship divided over your first two semesters at MSU. So for the example of three courses at $345 per class, you would get a $1035 dual credit scholarship or all your money back!

Scholarship Databases

There are many resources that offer access to scholarship information. Use the scholarship search engines listed below as an effective way to gain access to many scholarships.


Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Scholarship Experts


ND Dual Credit Tuition Scholarship

This scholarship rewards college students for taking dual-credit coursework as a high school student. To qualify, students must meet the eligibility criteria, complete an application with the ND University System (NDUS), and provide all supporting documentation.


To qualify for the scholarship, students must:

  • Have graduated from a high school in this state, or a high school in a bordering state covered under state law (N.D.C.C. 15.1-29), or have graduated from a nonpublic high school in a bordering state while residing with a custodial parent in this state, or have completed a program of home education under N.D.C.C. 15.1-23, and
  • Have completed at least one dual-credit course provided by a NDUS institution while enrolled in high school or a program of home education, and
  • Be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education in ND, and
  • Have completed at least one semester, quarter or term at an institution of higher education in the state.

Application Process

If you meet the eligibility criteria noted above, log into the Dual Credit Tuition Scholarship website and follow the steps.

  • You must know your NDUS User ID & Password to start the application.
  • You will be required to attach all required supporting documents to the application.


Contact the North Dakota University System at 701-328-2906 or email