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Midwestern State University offers students over $2 million in general academic merit scholarships each year. New incoming freshmen and transfer students seeking their first bachelor’s degree who are admitted to MSU by April 1 for fall or November 1 for spring are automatically considered for our general merit scholarships with no additional scholarship application required. Scholarships range from $500-$2,500 per academic year for students who qualify.

"Old SAT" is defined as SAT tests taken prior to March 2016, and "New SAT" is defined as SAT tests taken March 2016 and later. 

ScholarshipSelection Criteria*Award Amount
Freshman Distinction1360 Old SAT, 1420 New SAT, or 31 ACT$2500 per year
Freshman Excellence1170 Old SAT, 1240 New SAT, or 26 ACT$2000 per year
Outstanding Freshman1090 Old SAT, 1160 New SAT, or 24 ACT$1000 per year
Freshman Achievement1020 SAT, 1100 New SAT, or 22 ACT$750 per year
Freshman Recognition990 Old SAT, 1070 New SAT, or 21 ACT$500 per year
Transfer ExcellenceMinimum 3.5 cumulative GPA from each institution previously attended, and student must have completed at least 18 credit hours post-high school.$2,000 per year
Transfer AchievementMinimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from each institution previously attended, and student must have completed at least 18 credit hours post-high school.$1,500 per year
Phi Theta Kappa**Membership in PTK at previous institution, available to dual credit and transfer students who qualify.  Ensure PTK is indicated on official community college transcript or provide proof of membership by printed deadline.$2,500 per year

All scholarships are subject to available funding
*SAT scores are based on the combined Critical Reading and Math scores only
**Is stackable with other transfer merit scholarships

Other Scholarships Recognizing Academic Merit

Regents ValedictorianHigh school valedictorian$3,000 per year
Regents SalutatorianHigh school salutatorian$2,000 per year
ISD Valedictorian/Salutatorian***       Valedictorian or salutatorian from select local ISDs$4,000 per year
ACCESS AwardConcurrently enrolled high school student at MSU$1,000 per year

***ISD Valedictorian/Salutatorian is NOT stackable with the Regents scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunities through MSU Admissions:

Information regarding athletic scholarships can be obtained from the Head Coach of the particular sport.

For list of more scholarship opportunities, students should seek information about applications and deadlines through the academic departments, Financial Aid, and University Donor Services.

Helpful Scholarship Websites:

Unfortunately, many students and families have encountered scholarship "scams". Please use caution when applying for scholarships! Scholarship Scams!