Transfer Scholarships

Most BSU scholarships are open to transfer and first-year students. To apply for most scholarships, please complete the Foundation Scholarship Application.

$1,000 Minnesota Community College Transfer Scholarship

Degree-seeking students who transfer directly from a Minnesota State College with an AA degree, AS degree, or a completed Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, with a 3.5 or higher GPA, are eligible to receive this one-time $1,000 scholarship (fall/spring disbursement). Students must apply for BSU admission by June 1st and register for six or more credits per semester. The number of awards each academic year is limited.

Alumni Relative Scholarship

New students who are relatives of active BSU alumni can apply for the Alumni Relative Scholarship through the Foundation Scholarship Form (deadline February 15 each year).

Scholarships for Distance Learners

A list of scholarships available specifically to BSU distance learners is kept here: BSU Distance Learning Scholarships.

Scholarships and Grants for American Indian Students

The BSU American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) curates an excellent list of financial support resources for American Indian students. Check out the AIRC scholarships page here.

Additionally, the new Minnesota Indian Teaching Training Program (MITTP) has made grants and mentoring available to students earning a teaching license, or students planning to work in education in roles like school social work, school psychology, and paraprofessional. More information about this program can be found in MITTP the news article here.

MN Workforce Development Scholarships

The Workforce Development Scholarship program has now been expanded to include a $2,500 scholarship at the seven universities for students who received the scholarship from a Minnesota State college and transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s program. More information can be found at Eligibility requirements are listed here:

  • Must have been awarded the WDS at your community/technical college
  • Must be enrolled in high-demand occupation within eligible program
  • Must enroll in a minimum of 9 credits per term and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher (some programs require a higher minimum GPA)
  • Must be a Minnesota resident
  • $1,250 award per term ($7,500 maximum over three years, including college years)

Apply for the BSU Workforce Development “year 3” scholarship here. A limited number of awards are available each year.

External (non-BSU) Scholarships

If you miss your opportunity to apply for scholarships during the application period (November – February each year), please consider looking for other scholarship opportunities using the tool at

Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship

Veterans, guard/reserve or active-duty military service members are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship from Sanford Health created by its Veterans and Military Services Department. The Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship is accepting applications for the award, which will honor someone who possesses exceptional character and leadership in service, academics and community involvement. Interested students should download and complete the application. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 31.  The below link provides all the details and application.

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