High-achieving student scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded to a limited number of incoming freshmen based on grade point average, class rank, standardized test scores or similar criteria. Consideration for these awards is automatic, and no additional applications are required.


Alumni Distinguished Scholarship

Awarded to the top 15 candidates based on intellectual performance and participation in the MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition. Invitations to compete in the examination are sent to the most outstanding students who apply for admission by November 1. Renewable over eight semesters,* these scholarships include tuition, fees, room and board (double occupancy in an MSU residence hall and silver meal plan), and $1,000 annually. Four of the 15 awards have special designations:

  • Baldwin Foundation Alumni Distinguished Scholarship
  • James E. Nordberg Distinguished Scholarship
  • Hanna M. Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship
  • Guy G. Speeker Alumni Distinguished Scholarship
Distinguished Freshman Scholarship
Awarded to 20 runners-up in the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition; includes tuition and fees for eight semesters.*

Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Commended Finalist
Awarded to 30 finalists in the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition; $2,500 per year for eight semesters.*

Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Commended Semifinalist
Awarded to 65 semifinalists in the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition; $1,500 per year for eight semesters.*

MSU National Merit Scholarship
Awarded to National Merit finalists who name MSU as their first-choice institution; $750 to $2,000 annually, depending on financial need; those receiving $2,000 nonrenewable awards are guaranteed supplemental awards from $250 to $1,500 annually, renewable for eight semesters.*

Merit Recognition Scholarship
Awarded to a limited number of non-Michigan residents who are National Merit finalists and name MSU as their first-choice institution; includes $4,000 annually plus room and board (double occupancy in an MSU residence hall and silver meal plan; students with sophomore academic standing or higher who have lived for a minimum of one year in an MSU residence hall are eligible to live in an on-campus apartment and receive the residence hall double occupancy award plus the silver meal plan, based on space and class standing; off-campus housing is not included in this award), renewable for eight semesters.*

MSU Special Merit Scholarship
Awarded to a limited number of Michigan residents who are National Merit Finalists and name MSU as their first-choice institution; $2,000 annually, renewable for eight consecutive fall or spring semesters of undergraduate enrollment.

Honors College National Scholarship
Awarded to out-of-state Honors College invitees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents or are citizens of Canada or Mexico; $15,000 annually for eight semesters.* Review the Honors College admission criteria

Honors College Tuition Grant
Awarded to out-of-state Honors College invitees who have been offered a professorial assistantship. Grant equalizes tuition and fees to the rate charged to Michigan residents, renewable for eight semesters.* International students are eligible to receive this award.

Honors College STATE Scholarship
Awarded to in-state Honors College invitees who have been offered a professorial assistantship; $5,000 annually, renewable for eight semesters.*

Professorial Assistantship
Awarded to Honors College invitees with exceptional academic records; $3,000 stipend for faculty-mentored research or scholarly activity, renewable for four semesters.* For more information about the Professorial Assistantship program, including eligibility criteria, visit MSU’s Honors College. International students are eligible to receive this award.

A. Gordon Adams, Jr. Alumni Distinguished Scholar Award
Awarded to a participant in the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition.

Academic Merit Scholarship-Catherine Hooper Fredin Award
Awarded to a National Merit Scholar interested in majoring in science and technological fields.

Albert E. and Audrey Vincent Gilpin Scholarship Award for Outstanding Students
Awarded to four National Merit finalists who participate in the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition.

Lewis W. Kaminga Alumni Scholar Award
Awarded to a limited number of Honors College invitees with outstanding academic records and superior performance on standardized tests.

*Fall and spring semesters during undergraduate enrollment