New Freshmen

How to apply

  • Apply for admission and submit any admission materials (i.e. admission fees, transcripts, etc) to the appropriate Murray State admissions office before the scholarship application deadline  to ensure you will have time to get your myGate login information and be able to access the Murray State General Scholarship Application.
  • Complete Murray State General Scholarship Application by the posted deadline  to be considered for competitive scholarships.
  • You will need your myGate log-in information to access the scholarship application.

All undergraduate students must file and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive any university scholarships and/or discounts.

Cost calculator

Get an idea of what it will cost you to attend Murray State University. Our quick and convenient cost calculator will provide an estimate based on tuition and fees, room and board, books and expenses as well as your eligibility for scholarships, grants and financial aid.

Available Scholarships

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Academic Achievement Scholarships

Academic Achievement Scholarship chart

  • Trustees - covers 100% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester, plus a stipend of $1,500 annually
    Trustee scholarship recipients must participate in the Honors College
    Requirements: GPA: 3.7 and above; AND ACT: 33 and above; OR SAT: 1490 and above
  • Regents - covers 80% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester , plus a stipend of $1,500 annually
    Requirements: GPA: 3.6 and above; AND ACT: 30 and above; OR SAT: 1390 and above
  • Provost - covers 60% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester, plus a stipend of $1,000 annually
    Requirements: GPA: 3.5and above; AND ACT: 28 and above; OR SAT: 1310 and above
  • Carr - covers 45% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester
    Requirements: GPA: 3.5 and above; AND ACT: 26-27 OR SAT: 1240-1300
  • University - covers 20% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester
    Requirements: GPA: 3.0 and above; AND ACT: 24 and above; OR SAT: 1160 and above
  • Deans - $1500 per academic year ($750 each fall and spring semester)
    Requirements: GPA: 3.0 and above; AND ACT: 21-23 OR SAT: 1060-1150

Download Academic Achievement Scholarship information

Rules and Regulations

  • Awarded at the time of admission (first-come, first-serve)
  • Students qualify for only one Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Awards are for up to four years at Murray State, or until Bachelor's degree is obtained (whichever occurs first)
  • Scholars must meet GPA and academic progress requirements each year to renew
  • Academic Achievement Scholarships can be applied to direct costs (tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan charges, etc.)
  • SAT Scores are for SAT tests taken March 2016 or later. For SAT exams taken prior to March 2016, please contact the Scholarship Office for the appropriate conversion.
Revisions can be made with higher test scores or GPAs obtained by May 1, 2018 before attending Murray State in the following fall semester.

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined)
  • Attend educational sessions
  • Participate in the Honors College if receiving a Trustee Scholarship
  • Cannot be combined with Presidential Fellowship, Marvin D. Mills Scholarship, GSP/GSA Scholarships or National Merit Finalist Scholarship. If a student qualifies for both an Academic Achievement Scholarship and one of the other previously listed scholarships, they will be given the scholarship that best benefits the student.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Award Covers

  • 100% Tuition
  • On-campus housing (double occupancy)
  • Meal plan
  • Only available for new freshmen for Fall 2016 or future fall semesters
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined)
  • Participate in the Honors College

Presidential Fellowship

Deadline to Apply

January 23 5 p.m. (Extended due to inclement weather)

Students must submit all admission and scholarship applications and documents by the deadline.

 

Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 28 ACT composite score (or minimum of 1310 SAT Verbal and Math Combined Score)
  • AND a 3.7 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Selection Information

Students meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to Murray State’s Honors Day (February 17, 2018) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Honors Day will give students a chance to learn more about the programs on Murray State’s campus geared towards high-achieving students, including the University’s Honors College. Students attending Honors Day will also write essays and attend group interviews. Based upon application materials, essays, and group interviews, a select group of the students who attend Honors Day will be invited back for final, individual Presidential Fellowship interviews in March. Students must attend Honors Day to be considered for the Presidential Fellowship.

Presidential Fellowships cover the cost of tuition, on-campus housing, and a meal plan. The fellowship is awarded for four consecutive years (summers excluded) or until receipt of first bachelor’s degree. In order for the fellowship to be renewed yearly, recipients must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA, full-time status, participate in the Honors College, and participate in research in the appropriate academic discipline. Presidential Fellowships cannot be combined with any other Murray State scholarships.

Event Schedule
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Travel Information

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Diversity Scholarships

Deadline to Apply

January 23 5 p.m. (Extended due to inclement weather)

Students must submit the scholarship application by the deadline.

 

3 Types of Diversity Scholarships

  • Marvin D. Mills Scholarship
  • Gold Diversity Scholarship
  • Blue Diversity Scholarship

Marvin D. Mills Scholarship

Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 21 ACT composite score
  • AND a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Award Covers

  • Tuition cost equal to Kentucky cost of tuition
  • On-campus housing (double occupancy)
  • Meal plan
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined)
  • Complete Mills Multicultural Center requirements

Gold Diversity

Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 21 ACT composite score
  • AND a 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Award Covers

  • $4000 annually - can pay toward any direct cost, non-penalty fees (i.e. tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan, etc
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative Murray State GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined
  • Complete Mills Multicultural Center requirements

Blue Diversity Award

Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 18 ACT composite score
  • AND a 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Award Covers

  • $2000 annually - can pay toward any direct cost, non-penalty fees (i.e. tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan, etc
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative Murray State GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined
  • Complete Mills Multicultural Center requirements

GSP/GSA Scholarships

Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program and Governor's School for the Arts Scholarships

2 Scholarship Levels for Kentucky GSP and GSA Alumni who will be entering Murray State as new freshmen in the fall semester:

  1. Full Tuition for students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA & minimum 25 ACT Composite score
  2. $1000 for students not meeting the full tuition requirements but who have an ACT Composite Score of at least an 18 and at least a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA

In addition, there are six competitive full-tuition scholarships for GSA alumni not meeting the 25 ACT and 3.5 GPA requirements but who have at least an 18 ACT and 3.3 GPA. Students must be majoring in art, music, or theatre to compete for one of these six tuition scholarships. Contact the appropriate academic department for more information.

GSP/GSA Scholarships are awarded for four years (amount to be split in half for eight consecutive semesters) or until the first bachelor's degree is obtained, whichever occurs first.

Renewal requires the following:

  • 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hour per each fall and spring semester)
  • Completion of at least 24 credit hours combined from the fall and spring semester

GSP/GSA Scholarships cannot be combined with the following scholarships:

  • Academic Achievement Scholarships
  • Presidential Fellowships
  • Commonwealth Honors Academy Scholarships
  • Marvin D. Mills Scholarships
  • National Merit Finalist Scholarships

Students must complete the following to qualify for Murray State scholarships:

GSP/GSA Scholarship award notification will be sent in the spring when all other competitive scholarship award notification is sent via email.

Murray State Promise Tuition Program

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Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, first-time freshmen and new transfers from Kentucky may be eligible for the Murray State Promise tuition program.

Our promise is to provide scholarship assistance to help pay for tuition if the student's Pell Grant, CAP Grant, and KEES Scholarship combined total is less than the cost of Murray State's tuition (12 - 15 hours).  Web tuition, course fees, tuition above 15 hours, and other costs such as housing, meals, books, etc. are not covered.  The program is only available beginning with the fall semester of each academic year.

Qualifications:

  • Kentucky resident
  • Entering Murray State as a first-time freshmen or new transfer student
  • Admitted to Murray State (must occur before gaining access to the University's scholarship application)
  • Eligible for and receive the Federal Pell Grant, Cap Grant and KEES Scholarship
  • All applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and students entering with less than 24 transfer hours must have an 18 ACT composite
  • Complete the Murray State General Scholarship Application by June 1 each year
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1 each year
  • Enroll and complete at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester at Murray State

Submit any additional requested documents necessary for processing the FAFSA to Murray State's Financial Aid Office by August 1 each year

Renewal Requirements:

New Freshman meeting the qualifications may receive the tuition assistance for four consecutive years or receipt of the bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.

New Transfers meeting the qualifications may receive the tuition assistance for the following:

  • If entering Murray State with 30-59 credits, the award will be for three consecutive years or until receipt of the bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.
  • If entering Murray State with 60-89 credits, the award will be for two consecutive years or until receipt of the bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.
  • If entering Murray State with 90 or more credits, the award will be for one year or until receipt of the bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.

Renewal of the award requires students to continue meeting the qualifications listed above.

 

 

Excellence Award

Murray State's 18-county service regionThe Murray State University Excellence Award will award one valedictorian and one salutatorian at each public high school within the 18 county service region a one-time $1,000 scholarship to attend Murray State University.

The two recipients from each school will be determined by the high school guidance counselor/principal in consultation with the Office of Enrollment Management. The Excellence Award will be in addition to other Murray State institutional scholarships.

To be considered, students must apply through the Murray State Scholarship Manager Portal by the posted deadline.