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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Cultural Contribution Scholarship

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Minnesota State University, Mankato values the cultural contribution of international students to our campus and local communities over additional tuition dollars.  For this reason, all new undergraduate applicants are automatically awarded the Cultural Contribution scholarship, which allows them to pay only about 10% more than resident tuition – a savings of $7000+ per academic year in tuition. If you are a Graduate student taking undergraduate deficiency classes, you will have to apply for the scholarship. Regular Graduate students DO NOT qualify for this scholarship. Please see below for required criteria to maintain the scholarship beyond the first semester.

The Kearney International Center will be responsible to administer, award, cancel, deny, and enforce the policy of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Cultural Contribution Scholarship Program. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP IN DETAIL.The Kearney International Center IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU NOT FULLY UNDERSTANDING AND READING THE INFORMATION. The scholarship is awarded and continued based on the following criteria:


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Cancellation
  2. Re-Application
  3. Appeal
  4. Notification Process
  5. Athletes or Talent Grant/Scholarship
  6. Volunteering Cultural Contribution Hours
  7. Returning Students
  8. Summer Semester Scholarship
  9. Exchange Students


Failure to fulfill any continuation requirement will result in the cancellation of the scholarship. If the student's Scholarship is cancelled, after being off the scholarship for one semester the student must make sure to fill out an application form and  RE-APPLY as well as meet the eligibility requirements of 6 earned credits and a 3.0 Semester GPA to have it re-instated.

If a recipient's Cultural Contribution Scholarship is cancelled and the recipient wishes to appeal the decision before the semester begins, the recipient must submit a completed appeal form via email to by the due date listed in their cancellation email sent out.


The Application is to Re-APPLY for the scholarship after you lose it for a semester (newly admitted Undergraduate students who never attended MSU, Mankato do NOT need to apply)

  1. The re-application must be submitted by current students who do not have the scholarship
  2. You need to earn 12+ credits (Undergraduate) or 6+ (Graduate) with atleast grade D or Passing Grade
  3. You need to maintain a semester GPA of 2.5 for Undergraduate and 3.0 for Graduate Students
  4. All grades must be posted before a decision to award the scholarship is made
  5. You need to submit the Application form prior to the semester you intend to have your scholarship back 


Appeal is to request that the scholarship should not be cancelled or denied for any reason. This must be done prior to the beginning of the semester you will NOT be receiving the scholarship. In other words, once you are notified of a scholarship cancellation, you must immediately submit a completed appeals form by the due date (as stated in your cancellation email). This must accompany supporting documents.

We understand that things happen in student’s personal and academic life that may jeopardize the scholarship. For that, students who are cancelled may appeal to keep the scholarship in spite of failing to meet one or more requirements.

No appeals will be considered if received after the Appeal deadline or submitted in hard copies to the Kearney International Office. Appeal deadlines will be announced in cancellation letters. Please read the letter carefully for instructions and deadlines.

The Appeal Committee will review all appeal forms and you will eventually be notified if your appeal was accepted or denied via email.

Notification Process

Students will be notified by email on cancellation, application and appeal deadlines, appeal decisions and awards. It is the student’s responsibility to determine their eligibility to apply, maintain, reapply and appeal for the scholarship and be aware of the respective deadlines.

 Requirement based on Immigration Status

  • You must be admitted at MSU, Mankato as an International Student who is on F-1 or J-1 visa or planning to obtain one of those two immigration status upon enrollment.
  • Students on work visas such as H-1B or other non immigrant status’ WILL NOT qualify for instate through the international center. They may wish to apply at the registers office to find out if they are eligible. Students, who may qualify for the resident student rate as a Minnesota resident, should contact the registers office at 507-389-6266, 132 Wrigley Administration Center.
  • Ending permanent residents from F-1 or J-1 statuses may be still eligible for the Cultural Contribution scholarship that same semester, however, the next semester after their SEVIS record has been change to permanent resident, they will not be eligible for instate through the International Center.

Athletes or Talent Grant/Scholarship

Student attending MSU on athletic and talent grants/scholarship may have the option to obtain the residency tuition rate through those programs. If they choose to have in-state rate through the Cultural Contribution Scholarship, they must follow the same regulations as other students. You will still need 25 hours but Contribution hours done through those departments will be limited to 15hours.

Volunteering Cultral Contribution Hours

  1. You need to provide evidence of a minimum of 25 contribution hours each Fall and Spring semester. The hours must be CULTURALLY RELATED and from Minnesota State University, Mankato and/or the surrounding community. Volunteer for service organizations must be submitted to the ISSS by the last day of each semester. The approval of the contribution hours will be determined by the Kearney International Center and any hours must be co-signed by the event coordinator and the Kearney International Center staff. Contribution hours must be approved and signed within 2 weeks after the event.
  2. Cultural contribution hours must be earned during Fall or Spring semester when classes are in session and not at any other time. (NO contribution hours need to be done during Summer)
  3. 1 hour will be added to the total contribution hours when a student signs up for an event and do not attend. The 2nd time offense you will get the total hours missed added to the 25hours.
  4. Please see the contribution hours form to learn details about policies regarding contribution hours
  5. Commuter students or students concurrently enrolled at MSU and another institution or those studying off site at 770 France Ave should obtain pre-approval for contribution hours.


Returning Students

  • Returning students are those who once attended MSU, Mankato and returning to resume studies or for a new program. This group includes previously MSU suspended students, those transferred out, students returning after a break and students on early authorized withdrawal. Students returning after a year, will receive their instate rate.
  • A student with prior MSU credits transferring back into MSU will be allowed to use the last semester term GPA from the previous institution they are transferring from, the institution must be in the United States. Students enrolled in a Non-degree seeking program will not qualify (ie TOFEL, GRE, and Intensive English).
  • The original 9 semesters for undergraduate or 5 semesters for graduate limit will resume when the students begin taking MSU credits. This will NOT grant another 9 semesters.
  • If students finished their degree program at MSU but are now returning for a second bachelor degree program will only be eligible for the number of semester remaining.
  • If a returning student is Out-of Status (students who fell out of immigration status while attending MSU, Mankato) and is now applying for reinstatement through MSU, will be eligible per the time or GPA limitation above.

Summer Semester Scholarship

  • Students can pay resident rate tuition during summer sessions if they have fulfilled the scholarship requirements during the preceding Spring Semester. There will be no contribution hours required during summer session. Summer transfer admits will be eligible in-state rate in the summer.
  • If a recipient's Cultural Contribution Scholarship is cancelled and the recipient wishes to appeal the decision, the recipient must submit a written letter appeal with documentation to the Kearney International Center as soon as you are aware you will be losing the scholarship.

Exchange Students

  • True exchange students – those whose tuition and fees are waived – are not required to complete cultural contribution hours
  • Visiting International Students - are students from partner universities who come as fee-paying students. They must complete the 25 Cultural Contribution hours every semester they are at MSU