Frequently Asked Questions

  • When/where will the scholarship application be available?
    The application for competitive University scholarships will be available online in student's myGate portals (Financial Aid section) beginning September 2nd.
  • Is the application available online only?
    Yes. Even if you do not have access to the Internet at home, the scholarship website can be reached from school or your local library. However, please contact us at 1(800) 272-4678 ext. 4 if you have trouble using our online application.
  • When is the deadline for application?
    All applications must be completed with required documentation uploaded or submitted by January 15th (or the next business day by 4:30 p.m. Central Time if the 15th falls on a holiday or weekend). There is also a June 1st deadline for non-traditional and graduate student-specific scholarships.
  • Do I have to apply for admission?
  • Yes. You do need to apply for admission and be admitted before the scholarship deadline in order to access the scholarship application.
  • What additional materials do I need to apply for scholarships?
    Some scholarships may require additional information/documentation (i.e. recommendation, short answer essay questions, etc.). If additional information/documentation is required, it will be indicated on the scholarship application.  
  • Do I need to submit recommendations to apply for scholarships?
  • Recommendations are required for some scholarships.  Although the scholarship application can be submitted without recommendation, it is recommended that all students submit recommendations (maximum of three) to increase their chances of getting considered for as many scholarships as possible. 
     When will I know if I have received a scholarship?
  • Any students being awarded a scholarship will be notified via email to the email address listed in their MSU scholarship application by the beginning of April.
    Non-traditional student-specific scholarships are not awarded until the summer and notification will be sent via email to the email address listed in their MSU scholarship application.
  • Do I have to declare a major to be eligible for scholarships?
    No. However, you may not be considered for any departmental scholarships that require declaration of specific majors.
  •  Is there an over-award policy?
    Yes. It can be accessed on our Policies page.   Student awards may be reduced if it is determined that they have an over-award based on federal or University guidelines.  If a Murray State University scholarship is adjusted, students will be emailed (to their MSU email address) the reason for the adjustment.  Please contact the Scholarship Office at 270.809.3225 or msu.scholarships@murraystate.edu if you have any questions about any MSU scholarship adjustments.