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Scholarship Opportunities

Every year, Bemidji State University provides academic, talent and leadership awards totaling over $2.3 million.

Listed in the table below are BSU's automatic merit-based scholarships for new, incoming freshmen. All of these scholarships require a minimum of 12 credits of registration at a 3.25 GPA if they are renewable.

Additional scholarships for new and continuing students may be reviewed in the BSU Scholarship Brochure and BSU Scholarship Biography.*

*Only one BSU Scholarship Biography needs to be completed for all scholarships listed on the biography form.

Automatic Freshman Scholarships

Scholarship Criteria Amount Renewable criteria Deadline for Award

Presidential Scholarship

28+ ACT and top 10% of graduating class OR 3.8+ GPA


total over 4 years

Students must maintain a 3.25 and enroll full time each semester. May 1


26+ ACT and ranked #1 or #2 in graduating class


total over 3 years
Students must maintain a 3.25 and enroll full time each semester May 1

Academic Achievement

25+ ACT and top 30% of graduating class OR 3.5+ GPA


total over 3 years

Students must maintain a 3.25 and enroll full time each semester. May 1


23+ ACT and Top 50% of graduating class OR 3.25+ GPA


total over 2 years

Students must maintain a 3.25 and enroll full time each semester. May 1

Student Success

21+ ACT and Top 50% of graduating class OR 3.0+ GPA


Non renewable May 1

All students MUST be admitted prior to May 1 to receive scholarships. These scholarships are automatic! This means you do not have to do anything beyond applying for admission by the February 1 deadline, meet the above criteria, and confirm your enrollment by May 1 with BSU to receive these scholarships.

  • Students are only eligible to receive a maximum of 2 automatic awards. You will receive the 2 scholarship awards that have the highest dollar value.
  • Students may apply for additional scholarships through our Scholarship Biography Questionnaire. If successful, these awards will be in addition to the automatic awards.
  • Please note, scholarship award packaging may not exceed the total cost of attendance at BSU.

Additional Opportunities

Kopp Family Foundation Scholarships (Feb. 1)

These scholarships are awarded to students who do not meet the criteria for automatic scholarships but have demonstrated leadership and academic success during high school. A student must apply to Bemidji State by February 1 and submit an essay indicating why they feel they should receive this scholarship to the Office of Admissions, Deputy Hall #13, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601, by February 1 to be considered.

Meal Plan Scholarship (June 1)

Applicants must be new or transferring to Bemidji State University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to live in our residence halls. This scholarship is for fall and spring semesters during the students first year. Students must apply for admission by June 1 to be eligible. In addition, an essay describing why they feel they should receive this scholarship should be sent to the Office of Admissions by June 1 to be considered.

Transfer Scholarship (June 1)

These $1000 scholarships are available to all Minnesota community college transfer students who completed an associate of arts degree or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. An application for admission serves as the application for this scholarship and students must be admitted to Bemidji State University by June 1 to be eligible. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive this scholarship.

Alumni Relative Scholarship (Feb. 1)

For new and continuing students who are relatives of active BSU alumni, $750-$1,000 scholarships are available. Application forms may be received from any active alumnus or from the Alumni Office. The deadline for consideration is February 1.

The Alumni Office can be reached at 1501 Birchmont Dr, Bemidji, MN 56601 or by calling 1-218-755-3989.

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Please Note
Most scholarships are based on outstanding achievement and not on financial need. To receive priority consideration for other financial assistance, you should complete a financial aid packet by early spring to determine eligibility for grants, work study, and loans.

Please be aware that scholarship availability, numbers of scholarships awarded, and amounts of each scholarship vary from year to year. Many private organizations also offer scholarships, and you may wish to contact your counselor or the local library for information on scholarships which are not specific to BSU.


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