Scholarships Available in Two Categories:* MERIT-BASED Determined by 3.0 GPA or Higher and Essay Responses
* CIRCUMSTANCE-BASED Determined by Essay Responses *may only apply to one category
- Scholarship awards may be up to $2,500 (award amounts will vary).
- Scholarships are for one academic year (Fall-Spring/Spring-Fall) l and will be split equally between semesters.
- Applicant must be seeking his/her first undergraduate Bachelor's Degree.
- Applicant must be returning to MSU after an absence of at least one academic year.
- Applicant must be enrolled in and maintain at least 15 credit hours (or as many credit
hours are necessary to complete a program of study) during the awarded semester.
*If scholarship recipient does not maintain enrollment in a minimum of 15 credit hours during the awarded semester, the scholarship may be rescinded for the following semester.
- Scholarships will be applied directly to the student's account and can be used for tuition and fees only.
- The scholarship award will be made available only after verification the recipient has met all requirements below.
THE SCHOLARSHIP PACKET MUST INCLUDE:
- A completed and signed Return-to-Learn scholarship application.
- A typed scholarship application essay of 500 - 1,000 words that includes the following:
- Your academic and professional goals;
- Why you have decided to return to MSU;
- Your plan to overcome obstacles and succeed as a returning student;
- Indicators that you have the motivation and desire to follow through with your educational goals; and
- Any additional factors you want to bring to the attention of the selection committee.
TO RECEIVE THEIR FULL AWARD, SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS MUST:
- Be enrolled in and maintain at least 15 credit hours (or as many credit hours are necessary to complete a program of study) for the semester.
- Attend the Return-Learn-Scholar Orientation, scheduled at the beginning of each semester
- Meet with a Return-to-Learn Advisor to discuss effective practices for academic success to include developing an individualized Academic and Career Success Plan.
- Follow the Academic and Career Success Plan developed during the initial meeting with your Return-to-Learn Advisor. The requirements may include but are not limited to:
- Meetings with Faculty, Academic Advisor, Success Advisor, Career Coach and/or Financial Coach (many of these meetings will require more than two visits per semester - your individualized Academic and Career Success Plan will outline the number of required meetings).
- Time management/planning sessions.
- Attendance at workshops or events that will enhance your educational experience.
- Participation in the Bobcat Mentoring Program.
- Participation in the SmartyCats Tutoring program.
- Meet with an Academic Advisor to review your Academic and Career Success Plan.
- Complete the Strong Interest Inventory (career planning tool) and discuss your personalized results with a Career Coach.
- Attend or participate in other programs or services designed to support your Academic and Career Success Plan.
- Pass all courses and achieve a 3.0 semester GPA or higher.