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Scholarships

Students may qualify for several scholarships based on a variety of criteria. Some of these criteria include merit (performance on ACT, for example), need and participation in various clubs/organizations. All scholarship awards are administered through the University's Scholarships Office. Most awards are announced by April 1.  Awards are generally made by April 1. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be asked to accept your scholarship by May 1, which is the National Scholarship Acknowledgment deadline.

Applications become available on November 1. The deadline for applications is January 15 each year.

International Students: There are a limited number of scholarships available to international students. These are usually very competitive. Most students use the 20 hour a week work permit allowed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to help pay for their expenses. The student must already be admitted and enrolled in classes to be eligible.

Categories of Scholarships

Exceptional Ability: These are awarded to graduating seniors of exceptional eligibility. Minimum ACT composite score of 28 AND (3.75 cumulative GPA OR rank in top 10% of class). All qualified applicants are required to attend Academic Excellence Weekend. Interview required. Selection will be based on essays, transcripts, interviews and participation in planned activities. Recipients are expected to participate in the honors program. Must volunteer 5 hours/week as service hours. Renewable for 4 years provided specific academic requirements are met. Details are available at the scholarship office.


"Automatic" awards
: These awards are reserved for National Merit Finalists or semi finalists, Governor's scholars and Valedictorian (based on seventh semester High School ranking). Those receiving Presidential, Provost, Regents or John W. Carr awards are not eligible. Only ONE automatic scholarship per qualified applicant. All (except the Valedictorian Awards) are renewable for 4 years provided specific academic requirements are met. Details are available at the scholarship office.


General scholarships
: These awards are reserved for first-time MSU students. The names (and codes) are given below: Marvin D. Mills (MILLS), Leadership (LEAD), Recognition (RECOG), Honor (HONOR), Transfer (TRANS). Details are available at the scholarship office.


Foundation Scholarships
: In 2003, there were 76 named scholarships. The eligibility criteria vary widely (for instance: "resident of Lyon County", "child or grand child of employee at Reed crushed stone or current employee of Vulcan materials", "must have endured severe or debilitating physical condition", "strong leadership", "women", "non traditional student" etc.) Details are available at the scholarship office. Please review each carefully


Alumni Association Scholarships
: In 2003, there were 43 named scholarships. The eligibility criteria vary widely (for instance: "Graduate - Marshall County", "break in formal education", "entering Freshman", "recommendation by principal" "Graduating senior" etc.) Details are available at the scholarship office. Please review each carefully.

MSU Alumni Association Scholarships: In 2003, there were 11 named scholarships. The eligibility criteria vary widely (for instance: "All students", "reporter - The Murray State News", "Major - Business Administration" etc.) Details are available at the scholarship office.

Miscellaneous opportunities: In addition to those listed above, leading technology businesses offer excellent scholarships for you to study anywhere in the US. Some examples: Google, Microsoft,Oracle etc

Study Abroad: There are a limited number of scholarships available for those interested in a "study abroad" experience. The amount varies. So does the selection process. It is in your interest to be better informed about these. A sample is given below:

  • Through Murray State - The Institute for International Studies has information on several opportunities. As stated in the Institute's site, "Please remember that while there are many study abroad scholarships available, they are very competitive and no one is guaranteed a scholarship.  You will most likely not be awarded enough money to cover your program fees, so start planning early for additional ways to fund your study abroad such as: working a summer job; asking local clubs, churches, businesses or charities to support you; cutting back expenditures in your daily life in order to save money; choosing a program where you can apply the MSU scholarships you are already receiving; taking out additional student loans or private loans; fundraising; etc.  Scholarships should be considered a supplement to a preexisting strategy for financing your study abroad." (link)
  • Boren Awards - This award is available on a competitive basis for $10,000 (semester) or $20,000 (academic year); academic-year program applicants are preferred and applicants must agree to Federal Government service for the period of the award. Students in STEM programs qualify for summer awards - minimum 7 weeks. (link)
  • Benjamin Gillman International Scholarship - applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Max 5000.
  • Freeman-ASIA - Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • The Global Studies Foundation - Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.
  • Fund for education abroad - Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country. FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

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