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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Scholarship Opportunities

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Although the Honors Program at Minnesota State does not offer program scholarships, most students who enter the program are supported by scholarship funds by the university or by outside grant and aid institutions. Moreover, participation in the Honors Program will make students more attractive as scholarship applicants throughout their academic career. Advising and mentorship resources of the Honors Program will help students research available awards and prepare a competitive application.

Ginny Walters, the University Fellowship Coordinator, serves all current undergraduate and graduate students - including but not limited to Honors students - as well as recent graduates from the university. Please read about prestigious fellowship and scholarship opportunities below, visit the Office of University Fellowships website, and contact Ginny if you are interested in pursuing an award.

Below are some available scholarship opportunities within and outside of the university, from those intended for first-year students to those intended for students contemplating graduate study.

New Entering Freshmen

A variety of university scholarship opportunities are available to new entering freshmen.

  • Maverick scholarships are awarded to students based on their performance in high school.
  • Highly competitive scholarships, including the Presidential Scholar Awards, the Graham Chemistry Scholarship, and the Meredith Scholar Award, are also available to a few select students.
  • The university awards In-State Tuition Scholarships and Legacy In-State Tuition Scholarships for students who reside outside of Minnesota, and Talent Grants for creative writing, diversity awareness, music, communication studies, theatre, athletics, and ROTC.
  • For more information on these and other funding opportunities through the university, please visit the admissions office scholarship web page.

Scholarship Awards Beyond the Freshmen Year

Academic Departments

Many academic departments offer scholarships to upper class students with departmental majors. Most are awarded based on academic achievements or demonstrated talents, without consideration of financial need. Please visit the Minnesota State Mankato department scholarship web site for more information about departmental scholarships.

Honors Program Competency Development Grant

The competency development grant will provide funding for initiatives that develop or enhance the acquisition of knowledge or skills related to the competencies.  Examples include service learning, travel and/or registration for conferences or workshops, and supplies for research.  

Fill out and print the form:

[PDF] Competency Development Grant (235 KiB)

Prestigious Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities

There are many opportunities available outside of the univeristy for high-achieving students. These prestigious awards are based on a student's academic and career interests. Competitive applicants have strong leadership skills, intellectual curiousity, and passion for an issue or problem facing today's society. The Office of University Fellowships provides fellowship advising to students and assists students throughout each stage of the application process To discuss awards that may fit unique personal and professional goals, make an appointment with Ginny Walters, Assistant Director of Honors and University Fellowship Coordinator.

Awards are available for students at all levels of their undergraduate and graduate education. Some awards support advanced study in a specific academic discipline, such as the Goldwater Scholarship for mathematics, science, and engineering students. Others are based on a student's career goal, such as the Truman Scholarship which funds graduate school for students pursuing a career in public service. There are many awards to support study abroad, such as Phi Kappa Phi fellowships. Others, such as the Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes, are intended to support study at foreign institutions of higher learning. A good introduction to existing national scholarships and fellowships can be found at the website of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. There are many more award opportunities other than the ones listed above and on the NAFA website. Make an appointment with Ginny to discuss additional opportunities.