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SCHOLARSHIPS AFFILIATED with Student Affairs and Services

MSU Student Affairs and Services has more than 20 scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students. The following scholarships are affiliated with Student Affairs and Services.

Please click on the scholarships LINK to read more about the donor and the application criteria and process. The deadline to apply for most of these scholarships is 11:55 p.m. on March 16, 2020. HOWEVER, please make sure you read details of each scholarship for differences in deadline, requirements and submission processes.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Vanwelsenaers at vanwelse@msu.edu Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at (517) 355-7535.


Watch out for scams!

MSU does not endorse any scholarship service that charges a fee. Be wary of companies that guarantee results. No company can guarantee that you will get a scholarship.

You may be offered a scholarship through the Office of Admissions simply by applying to MSU. Current and prospective MSU students may also check:

  • MSU Scholarship Database: A comprehensive listing of scholarships offered by MSU. Many of these scholarships do not have applications and are awarded automatically by departments across campus.
  • Special Scholarship Links: Links related to study abroad, athletics, students with children, etc. Students in these situations may have unique scholarships available to them.

Expand your search by using online scholarship search services such as those listed below. Remember that you will need to submit your application materials directly to the awarding organization and meet all their requirements and deadlines.

Additional scholarship resources

Past Scholarships (Many of these are annual scholarships. Check for updated deadlines.)

TOMODACHI Initiative Grants
Deadline: TBD
The TOMODACHI Initiative seeks to provide grant funds to organizations that aim to foster a generation of American and Japanese leaders who commit to strong U.S.-Japan relations. Grants between $5,000 and $80,000 may be used to develop cross-cultural youth leadership, help underserved communities learn about foreign cultures, and bring diverse voices to the U.S.-Japanese relationship. Preference will be given to programs that focus on STEM or help young women succeed in the STEM or business fields.

STEM Classroom Grants
Deadline: September 20, 2019 by 5 pm
FirstEnergy supports teacher professional-development and classroom projects that focus on the STEM fields. K-12 educators and youth group leaders are eligible to apply for grant awards of up to $1,000.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Deadline: TBD
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

SR Education Group
Deadline: December 29, 2019
The SR Education Group offers a $5,000 scholarship open to students at least 16 years old with financial need enrolled at an accredited post-secondary academic institution. Applicants must submit an online application which includes two 300-500-word essays.

Scholarships for Latino Students

Deadline: August 31, 2018
Buenas Opiniones offers a renewable $2,500 scholarship, along with personal, leadership, professional development opportunities, as well as networking and mentorship. The scholarship is open to Latino high school seniors, community college students, and current college students. Applicants must submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay on their struggles as a Latino student.

Scholarship application for female high school senior or full-time college students from the metro-Detroit area. With your new position I’m not sure if you work mostly with seniors, but I wanted to pass it along in case you did or if you know of people who would be eligible to apply.

Here is the link for the application: https://primandprosper.org/scholarship-application/

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Applications to the CLS Program are due by Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be found here. Visit the Program’s website here to learn more 



(Even though deadlines have passed, visit links as many of the scholarships/fellowships/awards listed recur annually. Take some time to research deadlines and requirements.)

We wanted to remind everyone that the HLCOM is currently accepting applications for the Future Leaders Scholarship until October 4th, as we aim to provide $35,000 in scholarships for Hispanic/Latino students attending Michigan-based higher-education institutions. Please see the following press release for more information: https://www.michigan.gov/hlcom/0,7478,7-354-80571-540457–,00.html. If you or a student you know are interested in applying, click here to find out more about eligibility requirements, and fill out the online form.

New scholarship opportunity 

We are offering in conjunction with our Money Smart Week events.  Students must answer the question: What does it mean to be Money Smart in your savings practices?  Entries require a two-minute video that answers that question.  Applications are asked to post on MSU Media Space and then complete a short application.

More information and directions can be found at http://moneysmartu.hdfs.msu.edu/

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