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Minnesota State University, Mankato is fortunate to have generous individuals who donate to scholarship funds. The purpose of the scholarships is to assist undergraduate students in meeting the cost of attendance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Charles & Ellora Alliss Scholarship

Charles & Ellora Alliss Scholarships are awarded to Minnesota resident undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) indicates need. To be considered for this scholarship, a student must also meet certain academic criteria. A student generally cannot receive both an Alliss Scholarship and a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) due to the limited funding of these programs.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

Scholarships for New First Year and Transfer Students

Minnesota State Mankato’s Scholarship Finder Tool

Scholarship Finder


Private Scholarships


What if someone sends a scholarship check to me? Can I just cash it?

Unless the donor of scholarship funds indicates otherwise, the amount awarded will be distributed in two equal payments for the  academic year, one-half in fall semester and one-half in spring semester. Additionally, unless the donor provided specific approval for payment at any enrollment level, scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 or more credits) in order to be processed.

Federal financial aid regulations require that students notify the University about all forms of financial assistance that they receive, including private scholarships. Scholarship checks made payable to the student must be endorsed by the student and submitted to Student Financial Services (by mail at 120 Wigley Administration Center, Mankato, MN 56001 or in person at the Campus Hub) in order to be recorded and processed
as a financial aid award.

Scholarship checks sent directly to the University and made payable to the student and the University need to be endorsed by both parties before they are considered available funds; students will be contacted to arrange for their endorsement. Once all endorsements are recorded, scholarship funds are deposited and included in the next scheduled financial aid process for the semester in which they are awarded.

If a private scholarship is awarded and the student is waiting to receive the scholarship check, please notify Student Financial Services by mail or the Campus Hub by phone or in person as soon as possible with information about the scholarship funds expected.

Scholarships are reflected on a student’s financial aid record when notification is provided; however, payments are not applied to student charges until the scholarship funds are received and deposited with the University