All scholarships for fall 2021 applicants are test optional.

New first year and transfer students may be eligible for scholarships from Minnesota State University, Mankato! Prospective students may view additional scholarship opportunities at Minnesota State Mankato by submitting a General Application through Minnesota State Mankato's Scholarship Finder tool. 

Questions? Contact Admissions by email or by calling 800-722-0544.

Academic Scholarships for First Year Students

Minnesota State University, Mankato is proud to offer merit and need-based scholarships to new first-year students through RaiseMe. Criteria for these competitive scholarships varies based on high school GPA, challenging coursework, extracurriculars, leadership, and other factors. For more information, and to begin following and potentially earning scholarship dollars, visit the Minnesota State University, Mankato RaiseMe site.

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Priority submission by January 15 and need to be admitted to the university by February 1.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Presidential Scholar Awards. Awarded to selected new students based on class rank, recommendations, leadership, personal essays and interviews. Students must hold a 3.8 GPA or rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class to be considered. These $20,000 scholarships are awarded over four years. Interviews for finalists will be held in February.

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  • Meredith Scholar Award. Awarded to one selected undergraduate student pursuing a career in mathematics or natural sciences. This includes majors in mathematics, mathematics education, biological sciences, life science, physics, chemistry, astronomy or physical science. Students must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have an ACT composite score of 27 or greater to be considered. This $32,000 scholarship is awarded over four years. On-campus interviews for finalists will be held in November and February.
  • Graham Chemistry Scholarship. This one-year $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a student who expresses an interest in majoring in chemistry. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be considered.
  • National Merit Finalist Scholarship. Are you a high school student who is a National Merit Scholarship finalist? If you list Minnesota State University, Mankato as the institution you plan to attend, you will receive an $8,000 (over four years) scholarships from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Apply for a National Merit Finalist Scholarship.

To be considered for the Presidential Scholar Awards, the Graham Chemistry Scholarships, the Meredith Scholar Awards, or the Honors Program, please visit scholarship opportunities.

The Presidential, Graham Chemistry and Meredith Scholarships will be awarded in addition to any Maverick Scholarship a student qualifies for.

Academic Scholarships for Transfer Students Awarded in Fall Term

To be considered you must be attending a two-year community college, have a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0, complete an associate's degree or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum prior to fall semester and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

  • Transfer Student Maverick Scholarship Awards. Given to selected transfer students for their first year on campus, this scholarship is based on academic achievement and is non-renewable. Opens March 15 for Fall 2021 admitted transfer students.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded for one year. Students must be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at a two-year college. Opens March 15.
  • Workforce Development Scholarship. Previous recipients of a Workforce Development Scholarship at a Minnesota State community college may now apply for an additional year of $2,500 of funding at Minnesota State university, Mankato. To be eligible, students must provide proof that they received a Workforce Development Scholarship from a Minnesota State college, graduated from the college with a two-year associate's degree, and a transfer into a corresponding bachelor's program. Students must enroll and remain enrolled in an eligible workforce development program in one of the following academic disciplines: Health Care, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology, Transportation, Advanced Manufacturing, and Agriculture. Students must maintain 9 credits per term, 2.0 GPA and be a Minnesota resident. Preference for students with financial need but not required. Apply for a Workforce Development Scholarship.

For questions regarding scholarship opportunities, please contact the Office of Admissions via email or call 800-722-0544.

More Scholarship Opportunities

Departments and Colleges

At Minnesota State Mankato, many scholarships are available through individual departments, colleges, and programs.

ROTC Scholarships

Open to incoming and current students, the United States Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarships offer 100 percent college tuition and educational fees as well as a designated book allowance.

Talent Grants

High school seniors are eligible to apply for talent grants in any of the following areas: creative writing, diversity awareness, music, speech and theater. The grants are non-renewable and apply toward a student's first-year tuition.

Athletic awards

Minnesota State Mankato participates in all funding opportunities available to NCAA Division II institutions (Division I for Men's and Women's Hockey). Prospective student athletes should contact the head coach of their individual sport for more information. Visit the Mavericks Athletics website.

In-state Tuition

Non-Minnesota residents may be eligible for in-state tuition rates if you meet certain requirements. (This does not include students in reciprocity states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin or students in programs with one tuition rate for all students regardless of residency.)

In-state Tuition Requirements for First Year Students

High school 2016 graduates who meet any of the following requirements will automatically receive an in-state tuition scholarship: rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class, have an ACT composite score of 25, have an SAT Critical Reading and Math total of 1100 (old SAT) or have a PSAT Selection index of 150.

High school 2017 or later graduates who meet any of the following requirements will automatically receive an in-state tuition scholarship: rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class, have a GPA of 3.8, have an ACT composite score of 25, OR have an SAT Total of 1220 (March 2016 test or later).

In-state Tuition Requirements for Transfer Students

Students transferring to Minnesota State Mankato with 24 or more college-level, transferrable credits and a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher qualify automatically to receive the in-state tuition scholarship.

Legacy In-state Tuition

If one or both parents graduated from Minnesota State Mankato, a student may qualify for in-state tuition. The application is available at Legacy In-state Tuition Scholarship.

For any questions on scholarship opportunities, contact Admissions at 800-722-0544 or email