The Presidential Scholarships and the Provost Scholarships are MSU’s most prestigious freshman awards. Each scholarship is awarded to 10-12 of the most outstanding entering freshman on a competitive basis.

Please note that our scholarship programs are reviewed each year and are subject to change. The information provided below is for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Priority Deadline: December 1, 2016
To apply for these scholarships, the Shackouls Honors College application must be submitted by December 1, 2016. To access the application click here.

Presidential Scholarships


  • This scholarship is worth approximately $75,000, which covers tuition, fees, *room and board, research fellowships, and books for four years of undergraduate study
  • Non-resident students may also receive a scholarship to cover up to 100% of the out-of-state portion of tuition
  • Presidential Scholarships replace Academic Excellence Scholarships


  • Minimum 30 ACT or 1330 SAT
  • Outstanding high school academic record with a scholarship GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Exceptional high school and community leadership

**Fully covers double-occupancy on-campus housing for up to four years, with an option to partially cover off-campus housing for the third and fourth year.

Provost Scholarships


  • Academic scholarship of $8,500 per year ($19,000 per year for non-resident)
  • $4,000 scholarship for study abroad
  • A research grant of $1,500 for academic research and/or creative discovery
  • A one-summer optional tuition credit of $1,000 ($2,400 for non-resident) and one summer of free housing in Griffis Hall
  • An optional $750 travel grant to a conference (to be provided by Honors)


  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • ACT composite score of 30 or higher OR 28 ACT with at least a 34 ACT sub score in the area which is indicated as a research area