Scholarships

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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, Phi Theta Kappa, Regents and ISD scholarships with no additional scholarship application required. All documents and transcripts must be on file by the deadline in order to be considered for the scholarships.  Tthese scholarships are awarded if the deadline and criteria are met for the first semester that you are applying for admission.  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. 

Scholarship Selection Criteria* Award Amount
Freshman Distinction 1360 Old SAT, 1420 New SAT, or 31 ACT $2500 per year
Freshman Excellence 1170 Old SAT, 1240 New SAT, or 26 ACT $2000 per year
Outstanding Freshman 1090 Old SAT, 1160 New SAT, or 24 ACT $1000 per year
Freshman Achievement 1020 SAT, 1100 New SAT, or 22 ACT $750 per year
Freshman Recognition 990 Old SAT, 1070 New SAT, or 21 ACT $500 per year
Transfer Excellence Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA from each institution previously attended, seeking their first bachelor's degree, and student must have completed at least 18 credit hours by the posted deadline for the semester you are applying $2,000 per year
Transfer Achievement Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from each institution previously attended, seeking their first bachelor's degree, and student must have completed at least 18 credit hours by the posted deadline for the semester you are applying. $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 posted deadline for the semester you are applying. Must be seeking their first bachelor's degree. $2,500 per year

All scholarships are subject to available funding.  Freshman and Transfer scholarships do not stack.
*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 Valedictorian High school valedictorian $3,000 per year
Regents Salutatorian High school salutatorian $2,000 per year
ISD Valedictorian/Salutatorian***        Valedictorian or salutatorian from select local ISDs $4,000 per year
ACCESS Award Concurrently enrolled high school student at MSU $1,000 per year

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

Other Scholarship Opportunities Available at MSU:

President’s Distinguished Scholarship – $7000 per year
Recognizes 10 outstanding beginning freshmen and endeavors to increase understanding of the university structure and promote involvement in the MSU community.
Deadline - February 1

Redwine Honors Scholarship Program - $4000 per year
Designed to bring out the best in academically talented students and to serve as the core of academic excellence with the university community.
Deadline – January 15

Priddy Scholars Program – Full Tuition and Residential Funding
Recognizes 10 outstanding students who are the first in their immediate family to attend a four-year university.  Scholarships are selective and cover tuition, books, room, board, and study abroad.

W.P. and Ann Howle Scholarship – amount varies
Recognizes outstanding students planning to attend MSU who families are engaged in the building trade/construction industry.  W.P. and Ann Howle Letter of Recommendation Form
Deadline:  June 1

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.

 

What is Raise Me?

RaiseMe is a micro-scholarship program. Students create a profile online during high school (as early as 9th grade) and earn micro-scholarships for achievements and activities that promote college readiness. Students must be admitted to MSU Texas by April 1 (for the fall term) or November 1 (for the spring term) of their senior year in order to receive scholarship funds. Students must be enrolled at MSU on a full-time basis and all scholarship funds will will be divided equally over four academic years, no exceptions.  Annual amounts are disbursed evenly between the fall and spring semesters.

Are Raise Me awards in addition to the MSU Texas General Merit Scholarships?

No. RaiseMe micro-scholarships are built into the existing MSU Texas general merit scholarship structure. Students receive additional general merit funds only if the Raise Me funding exceeds the value of the MSU Texas general merit scholarship. Students who receive both types of funds are notified of how the funds are awarded via their Financial Aid Notification.  For example, a Financial Aid Notification could include the text below:

You qualify for the $2500 Freshmen Distinction Scholarship based on your test score performance. This annual award is renewable for an additional 3 years and a total value of $10,000 (which includes the $5000 you earned through Raise Me).

If an MSU Texas award is partially renewed or ineligible for renewal, what happens to the Raise Me funds?

RaiseMe funds adhere to the same MSU Texas scholarship renewal requirements as all other MSU Texas general merit scholarships.  Students are required to meet the minimum GPA and earned hours as stated in the MSU Texas Table of Academic Standards.

Can I apply to receive an MSU Texas General Scholarship (offered through Donor Services) in addition to Raise Me microscholarships?

Yes, the scholarships offered through MSU Texas Donor Services are separate from the general merit scholarships and can be stacked with micro-scholarships earned through RaiseMe.

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