Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

The following scholarships represent a sample of academic merit scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen based on grade point average, class rank, standardized test scores or similar criteria. In most instances, no additional application is required. In some cases, a limited number of awards is available.

PLEASE APPLY TO MSU BY NOVEMBER 1 OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL TO BE FULLY CONSIDERED FOR THE AWARDS LISTED BELOW. Follow this link for a full list of merit-based scholarships. The Honors College will be using the new MSU Scholarships system

Honors College STATE Scholarship
Awarded to Michigan resident students eligible for the Honors College who have an ACT composite score of at least 33, an SAT total score of at least 1500 (Critical Reading + Math only), or National Merit semifinalist standing; $5,000 annually; eight semesters. 

Honors College Distinction Scholarship
Awarded to non-resident Honors College invitees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents or citizens of Canada or Mexico; $5,000 annually, eight semesters.

Honors College Excellence Scholarship
Awarded to non-resident Honors College invitees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who have an an ACT composite score of at least 33, an SAT total score of at least 1500 (Critical Reading + Math only), or National Merit semifinalist standing; $13,000 annually, eight semesters. International students are eligible to receive this award.

Professorial Assistantships (PAs)
Professorial Assistantships are awarded to a limited number Honors College invitees with exceptional academic records and minimum 33 composite ACT or 1500 SAT (Critical Reading + Math only), or National Merit semifinalist standing; approximate $3,200 annual stipend for 8-10 hrs./week of work in an area of interest; four semesters. It is possible that capacity may be reached prior to the November 1 MSU scholarships deadline.

Seevers Scholarships
The Gary L. Seevers Scholarship assists Honors College members who are majoring in a discipline in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Each year, two scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. The scholarship is renewed for up to eight semesters provided the student remains a member of the Honors College and a student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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.

Mowbray Scholars Program
The Mowbray Scholars Program, open by application to all students who have been invited for the fall semester, includes in its mission the support of students of color in the Honors College who have demonstrated potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding and who will contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Honors College because of their life experiences. Mowbray Scholars receive $7,500 to use over two semesters (usually during the summers) preceding graduation for research and international engagement experiences.