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MSCSA Scholarships

The Minnesota State College Student Association offers six different scholarships, three are leadership based, two are for technical college students, and one is for a student attending one of the five colleges within the Northeast Higher Education District. Each have their own qualifications and criteria.

The MSCSA Leadership Scholarship is our most highly sought after scholarship. If you apply for this, you automatically are eligible for the McCormick Leadership Scholarship which will only be awarded in November for the following spring semester. The third leadership based scholarship is the Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership endowment. Preference will be given to students who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill. This scholarship will only be awarded in May for the following fall semester.

PLEASE NOTE: Each scholarship has specific criteria a student must meet and application documents to be completed and submitted. Please read the directions very carefully for each scholarship. If the application is received and only one of the recommendation letters is received (if two are required), you will not be contacted and your application will be disqualified. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

MSCSA HAS TWO ENROLLMENT DEADLINES FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS:

November 1

These scholarships are awarded for the following spring semester, applications are accepted April 2 - Nov 1.

    • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship
    • McCormick Leadership Scholarship
    • Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship
    • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund
    • Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship

April 1 

These scholarships are awarded for the following fall semester, applications are accepted Nov 2 - April 1.

    • MSCSA Leadership Scholarship
    • Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship
    • John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund
    • Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship

QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions on any of the scholarships, please contact the MSCSA office at
651-297-5877 or by email.

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The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) scholarship program rewards emerging student leaders for their community service and their academic achievement. The MSCSA Leadership Scholarship winners serve their community in many ways–everything from mentoring Head Start students to organizing youth groups to volunteering as a translator. 

REQUIREMENTS:

    • Complete and submit online application.
    • Submit your typed responses to the following essay questions, which should be between 300 and 750 words in length each:
            1. What leadership skills do you have and how have you used them in your education, community and employment?
            2. What does leadership mean to you?
            3. What are your educational and career goals?
            4. How would this scholarship help you to continue to grow as a leader now, and in the future?
    • Two letters of recommendation from community, campus, or organization leaders who can discuss your leadership skills (at least one letter should be from a peer).
    • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).
    • A résumé detailing specific leadership roles you’ve held.

QUALIFICATIONS:

    • You must be a current student at one of the 37 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (students attending private colleges or the University of Minnesota system are ineligible); and have a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others. Graduate and PSEO students are ineligible.
    • Applications are due April 1 for fall semester awards and November 1 for spring semester awards.
    • MSCSA Governing Council Representative and the MSCSA Cabinet are ineligible for the Leadership Scholarship. MSCSA Governing Council Alternates are eligible.

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McCormick Leadership Scholarship

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Students United and the Minnesota State College Student Association have partnered to create the McCormick Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship program will honor the work of Chancellor James and Dr. Maryan McCormick. The scholarship will provide financial support to students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community service. 

Undergraduate students attending Minnesota State colleges and universities will automatically be considered for both the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship and the McCormick Leadership scholarship upon submitting their application. Graduate students submitting an application will be considered only for the McCormick Leadership Scholarship.

QUALIFICATIONS:

    • The McCormick Leadership Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community service. PSEO students are ineligible for the McCormick Leadership Scholarship.

REQUIREMENTS:

    • Complete and submit online application by November 1. This scholarship will be awarded for the spring semester only. (The application for the McCormick Leadership Scholarship is the same as the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship.)
    • Submit your typed responses to the following essay questions, which should be between 300 and 750 words in length each:
            1. What leadership skills do you have and how have you used them in your education, community and employment?
            2. What does leadership mean to you?
            3. What are your educational and career goals?
            4. How would this scholarship help you to continue to grow as a leader now, and in the future?
    • Two letters of recommendation from community, campus, or organization leaders who can discuss your leadership skills (at least one letter should be from a peer).
    • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).
    • A résumé detailing specific leadership roles you’ve held.

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Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship


The Minnesota State College Student Association, in conjunction with Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz, established the Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Scholarship. Recognizing a long-term commitment to students and to MSCSA, Dr. Frantz has been a friend and mentor for those in the Association. His thoughtful consideration of decisions, his ability to mediate discussions, and his delicately explained accounts of MSCSA history have made Dr. Frantz a crucial resource for MSCSA. This scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to Minnesota State College and Universities (Minnesota State) students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service with a priority given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill.

QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions who demonstrates leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service. PSEO students are ineligible.
    • Priority will be given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill.
    • Are in good academic standing as determined by the campus where they are enrolled.

REQUIREMENTS:

    • Complete and submit online application by April 1. This scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester only. (The application for the Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship is the same as the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship.)
    • Submit your typed responses to the following essay questions, which should be between 300 and 750 words in length each:
          1. What leadership skills do you have and how have you used them in your education, community and employment?
          2. What does leadership mean to you?
          3. What are your educational and career goals?
          4. How would this scholarship help you to continue to grow as a leader now, and in the future?
    • Two letters of recommendation from community, campus, or organization leaders who can discuss your leadership skills (at least one letter should be from a peer).
    • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).
    • A résumé detailing specific leadership roles you’ve held, including any military service.

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Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship


Upon Morris J. Anderson’s retirement as Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Mr. Anderson’s colleagues and friends established an endowed fund to recognize his outstanding contribution to education in Minnesota, especially his support of technical education. This scholarship was created to provide scholarship support to students enrolled in a technical program at one of the technical or consolidated colleges within Minnesota State.

QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Be enrolled in a technical program at one of the technical or consolidated colleges within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
    • Be in good academic standing as determined by the campus where they are enrolled.
    • Preference will be given to students with financial need and who show great promise.
    • This scholarship may be renewed provided the recipient meets the minimum academic standards as determined by the college president.

REQUIREMENTS:

    • Complete and submit online application by November 1.  This scholarship will be awarded for the spring semester only.  
    • Submit letter of application/personal letter and include the following:
          1. Academic, career and personal goals, describing your academic and career goals and personal goals, and
          2. Statement of need, describing why you need the scholarship.
    • One letter of recommendation from college staff.
    • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).

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John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund


As a recipient of a technical college education and the training that enabled his career as a millwright and later as a refrigeration mechanic, John Kenneth Niemi understood the value of technical education. Mr. Niemi understood that education was a gift to be valued, and would want to ensure other young people had the opportunity he had to gain the education necessary to build a solid career. Because of this belief, Mr. Niemi’s family established a memorial fund within the Minnesota State College Student Association. This endowed fund provides funds for tool purchases required for completing a technical course of study for students attending one of the technical colleges or technical programs within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Be enrolled in one of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities technical colleges.
    • Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the area of Technical/ Management/Trades, especially HVAC and construction.
    • Be in good academic standing as determined by the campus where they are enrolled.

REQUIREMENTS:

    • Complete and submit online application.
    • Submit letter of application/personal letter and include the following:
        1. Academic, career and personal goals, describing your academic and career goals and personal goals, and
        2. Statement of need, describing why you need the scholarship.
    • One letter of recommendation from college staff.
    • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).

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Irja Sundgren Pratt Endowed Scholarship


As valedictorian of Gilbert High School and a graduate of Eveleth Community College (now Mesabi Range Community and Technical College), Irja Sundgren Pratt had a sincere commitment to higher education.  Irja understood that education was a gift to be valued, and wanted to ensure other young people from the Iron Range had the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. Because of this belief, she established a fund through her estate to provide scholarships for students at one of the five two-year institutions on the Iron Range.  This endowed fund will provide scholarship opportunities for students who are attending one of the five two-year institutions that comprise the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) on the Iron Range. NHED consists of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Will be awarded annually to a student who is enrolled at any institution within the Northeast Higher Education District.  (Possible recipients will be suggested by each campus.)
  • Be in good academic standing as determined by the campus where they are enrolled.
  • Will have completed at least one semester of course-work at the college before being eligible for the award.
  • May be renewed provided the recipients meet the minimum academic standards as determined by the college president or provost.

REQUIREMENTS:

    • Complete and submit online application by November 1.  This scholarship will be awarded for the spring semester only.  
    • Submit letter of application/personal letter and include the following:
        1. Academic, career and personal goals, describing your academic and career goals and personal goals, and
        2. Statement of need, describing why you need the scholarship.
    • One letter of recommendation from college staff.
    • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).

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