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Scholarships

New Student 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 2022 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 one year ($3,000)3.05-3.64
Footbridge$1,500 per year for one year ($1,500)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)

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 Waivers tab below.

The application for the Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis Educational Foundation annual scholarship is available. This year, the one-year, $700 grant is to be awarded to incoming freshmen at VCSU.

Please print, complete and mail the application below. It must be postmarked by January 13, 2023 to be considered. This scholarship would be in addition to the VCSU academic, athletic or music scholarships you have already been awarded.

Applicants must be a graduate from a high school in Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota and must attend Valley City State University in the fall of 2023.

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.

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.

Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver
VCSU is proud to offer a Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver to qualified students. Read more to learn if you qualify for this waiver and see how to apply.

International Tuition Waiver
International Student Tuition Waivers are intended to encourage enrollment of an internationally diverse student body for the benefit of all students and the academic community.

Returning Student Scholarship

Returning student scholarships are available for those currently enrolled and attending VCSU.