Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

For MSU Students:

Each year, scholarship money gets ignored when students don’t take advantage of the opportunities. Spend some time looking/applying for FREE MONEY!

The following scholarships are affiliated with Student Affairs and Services. Please click on the scholarships below 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 Monday, March 14, 2022. HOWEVER, please make sure you read details of each scholarship for differences in deadline, requirements, and submission processes. APPLICATION

To learn about other scholarships and funding opportunities available to MSU students, please visit the MSU Scholarships website.

Questions? Contact Lisa Vanwelsenaers in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at 517-355-8286 or email

Career Services MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Awards

MSU Federal Credit Union Internship Opportunity Award program will begin accepting applications on February 22, 2021, from any undergraduate student who is actively pursuing or has secured an unpaid summer internship. While preference will be given based on financial need and other considerations, intern locations anywhere in the U.S. are eligible. The deadline for applications for Summer 2021 internships is March 30, 2021, before 11:59 p.m. MORE INFORMATION


Fraternity & Sorority Life Scholarships

Mary Beth Knox Scholarship was established to keep Mary Beth’s (member of Alpha Chi Omega) memory alive by assisting fellow students, one member of a sorority and one member of a fraternity from the Fraternity & Sorority community, whose lives have been impacted by cancer. APPLICATION

Morgan McGregor Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2014. Priority shall be given to members of Pi Beta Phi Sorority; preference given to applicants pursuing a degree within the Eli Broad College of Business; if there are no applicants from Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the scholarship becomes available to members of all Fraternity & Sorority Life Councils. APPLICATION

Panhellenic Scholarship was created for women who hold membership in a Panhellenic Council-affiliated sorority and exhibit leadership through the participation of the chapter house and in the Fraternity & Sorority communityAPPLICATION


The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Scholarships

The Pride Endowed Scholarship Fund was founded in 2000 by Bill Beachler, MSU Alumnus, and GLFSA, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Faculty Staff, and Graduate Student Association of Michigan State University. In 2019 GLFSA was re-established and renamed EPIC, the Employee Pride and Inclusion Coalition. The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) manages this scholarship in consultation with EPIC. Candidates should demonstrate academic achievement and involvement with or contributions to the LGBTQA+ community. Preference is given to an incoming, first-year (or transfer) student, although all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. APPLICATION

Stephen P. Pougnet and Christopher J. Green Endowed Scholarship, is awarded to a currently enrolled student of junior or senior standing (preference is given to students enrolled in The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University). Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and involvement with or contributions to LGBT communities. APPLICATION


Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities Scholarships

Last year, the RCPD awarded over $40,000 worth of scholarships to both graduate and undergraduate students. Get your applications in on time, so you don’t miss out on these amazing opportunities for funding. MORE INFORMATION


Scholarships for Student Leadership

Asian Pacific Student Leadership Endowment Fund was established to support student leadership involvement with the Asian Pacific American community at Michigan State University. APPLICATIONASMSU Awards for Distinguished Leaders supports students who exhibit active educational and professional leadership throughout the university community and ensure that the financial demands and impacts on these students are minimized. There are a total of six scholarships available.  MORE INFORMATION

  • Charles Beachnau Spartan Leadership Award
  • Honorable Maria Ladas Hoopes Leadership Award
  • Dr. Lee June Multi-Cultural Leadership Award
  • The Bill Livingood Recognized Leadership Award
  • John McQuitty Student Advocacy Award
  • Sam Singh Community Leadership and Engagement Award

Efrain and Francisca Marinez Farm Workers Scholarship was established to support and encourage educational opportunities for farm working students who wish to pursue and earn college degrees through MSU. APPLICATIONExcalibur Student Leadership Scholarship supports students who serve in leadership roles across campus.  APPLICATIONTodos Organizados Para Cuidar Estudiantes (TOCE)/L.U.P.E. Scholarship was established to support students who exhibit involvement and commitment to the MSU Chicano/Latino Community. APPLICATION


Scholarships for Student Parents

Christine S. Carter Fund for Student Parents was established to support MSU Student Parents. Preference is given to support single parents and those that demonstrate financial need.  APPLICATIONCouncil of Graduate Students Childcare Support Award endowment was established by the Council of Graduate Students Graduate students to provide graduate students with support for costs associated with childcare at Michigan State University. This endowment supports all income eligible graduate students at MSU, domestic and international. Low income undergraduate student parents may also be eligible for the MSU Child Care Grant funding. MORE INFORMATIONStudent Parents on A Mission Award was established to support members of the Registered Student Organization, SPOM, who are active SPOM participants and meet the scholarship criteria. APPLICATION


Scholarships for Student Veterans

Charles and Dorothy Doane Veterans Education Trust Scholarships

  • The Charles and Dorothy Doane Veterans Education Trust (VET) Education Abroad Scholarship has been established to meet the needs of veterans enrolled at MSU where the funds will make the greatest impact and will be awarded spring, summer, or fall semester. APPLICATION
  • The Doane Veterans Education Trust (VET) Success Scholarship:  Funds may be used to provide direct scholarship support for tuition, books, study abroad, internships, childcare or housing for graduate and undergraduate students and/or be used to enhance counseling services, tutoring and life skills programs, family support services, disability support services or career development services. APPLICATION

Lou Bender Endowed Scholarship for Veterans will provide a minimum $500 for veterans attending MSU to be awarded for spring, summer or fall semester. APPLICATION

SCHOLARSHIPS AFFILIATED with Student Affairs and Services


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:

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:,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

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