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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 2024 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 and 26+ ACT
Leadership$2,500 per year for four years ($10,000)3.65-3.99
Clock Tower$1,500 per year for two year ($3,000)3.05-3.64
Footbridge$750 per year for two 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)

McCready Scholarship
Students are eligible with a 3.85 cumulative, unweighted GPA AND a 28 ACT/1300 SAT. Additional consideration may be given, and students who qualify will be notified by email invitation.

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.

Transfer scholarships are based on a cumulative college GPA.

ScholarshipAward AmountMinimum GPA
Innovative Award$1,500 for your first year ($1,500)Minimum 3.5 GPA
Difference Maker Award$1,000 for your first year ($1,000)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.

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.

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.

Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver Application

Returning Student Scholarship

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