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Scholarships

Valley City State University offers the top scholarship program among all public universities in North Dakota. Scholarships are a fantastic way to help leverage the cost of a quality education from VCSU.

To qualify you must be a new, on-campus VCSU student in the Fall of 2021 when these amounts will become effective.

New freshman scholarships are based on each student’s cumulative high school GPA.

ScholarshipAward AmountGPA Range
President’s$4,000 per year for four years ($16,000)4.0
Leadership$3,500 per year for four years ($14,000)3.65-3.99
Clock Tower$3,000 per year for two years ($6,000)3.05-3.64
Footbridge$1,500 per year for two years ($3,000)2.50-3.04

*Students who do not qualify for ND, MN, MSEP, or WUE tuition rates are considered non-resident students and do not qualify for the scholarships listed above.

Non-resident/international students may qualify for a STARS waiver, see below.

STARS Waiver
$1,000 per year for five years ($5,000)
Applies to students paying non-resident and international tuition.
First-year students need to have a 3.25 GPA OR a minimum 23 ACT/1130 SAT score (if available)

McCready Scholarship
Students are eligible with a 3.95+ cumulative, unweighted GPA or a 29 ACT/1350 SAT

  • McCready Scholars will receive funding for tuition, academic fees, and required books (additional supplies are the responsibility of the student). This scholarship applies to courses required for the student’s academic program. If other awards specifically apply to tuition, fee, or book charges prior to the McCready scholarship, the McCready amount will be reduced to reflect this amount.
  • The scholarship will be re-awarded annually for a maximum of four years of support to scholars who maintain a 3.5 GPA and make yearly progress toward their degree. Students in any academic discipline may qualify as McCready Scholars

Access the McCready Scholarship application here.

Transfer scholarships are based on a cumulative college GPA.

ScholarshipAward AmountMinimum GPA
Innovative Award$2,500 for your first year ($2,500)Minimum 3.5 GPA
Difference Maker Award$1,500 for your first year ($1,500)Minimum 3.0 GPA

*Students who do not qualify for ND, MN, MSEP, or WUE tuition rates are considered non-resident students and do not qualify for the scholarships listed above.

Non-resident/international students may qualify for a STARS waiver, see below.

STARS Waiver
$1,000 per year for five years ($5,000)
Applies to students paying non-resident and international tuition.
Transfer students need a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Take part in any scholarship opportunities available in your community or high school. These scholarships can greatly offset the cost of a quality education from VCSU.

Also available are scholarships from the North Dakota University System (NDUS). Research all NDUS scholarship opportunities to learn which ones you may qualify for.