Bemidji State University offers scholarships for which you are considered automatically when you are admitted to the university. It’s that easy! We’ll determine if you meet the criteria outlined for these scholarships.

Bemidji State University Scholarships


New information about 2025-2026 New First Year First Time Scholarships coming soon!





Foundation Scholarship Application

Submit a single application to apply for over 450 BSU scholarships! Departmental, Alumni/Foundation, American Indian Resource Center, Admissions and University scholarships are now in a single application.

Most of your academic information is incorporated into your scholarship application “behind the scenes” via your StarID.

File your FAFSA for the upcoming school year to maximize your scholarship eligibility. Many scholarships use data entered on your FAFSA application.

Application windows and deadlines vary between departments and awards. Still, to be considered for ALL BSU awards each academic year, the deadline has been extended to February 15 at 11:59 PM.

  • Current BSU Students:  This application uses live data from your BSU student record. Please ensure that your major and contact information are correct in our system. This can be reviewed by visiting your E-Services portal.
  • New Incoming Students:  You must be “accepted” before submitting your scholarship application. You can verify your admission status by logging into your application portal.

Submit your Foundation Scholarship application!

Direct questions about the Foundation Scholarship application or process to:

Jessie Horien at or 218-755-4407

Chris Corradi at or 218-755-4145

North Star Promise Scholarship Program

Launching in Fall 2024, the North Star Promise (NSP) Scholarship Program is designed to provide a zero-tuition pathway for eligible Minnesota residents pursuing higher education.

Private Scholarships

Many private organizations in your home town offer scholarships to help with the costs of attending colleges and universities. You may wish to contact your high school counselor or the public library for information on local scholarships. A reputable scholarship search tool should not charge a fee, so beware of scholarship scams that guarantee results for a fee. Anticipated private scholarship funds should be reported to the BSU Financial Aid Office.

Here are some free tools for searching for private scholarships:

Private Scholarship Opportunity:

BSU is a member of the MN Association of Counselors of Color (MnACC) and would like to encourage students to apply for MnACC BIPOC Scholarships.


Fall Day on Bemidji State University Campus
Fall Day on Bemidji State University Campus