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External and Private Scholarships

The following is pertinent information for donors and recipients regarding the processing of private scholarships at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. There are hundreds of external scholarships provided by organizations that are not specifically affiliated with MSU Denver such as charitable foundations, labor unions, memorial scholarships, your local high school, state and federal government and many others.

External Scholarships Tips for Success

Foundation Scholarships

The MSU Denver Foundation offers hundreds of privately funded scholarships to students every year, based on academics, achievement and financial need. The only way to apply for this is through our online application system. The priority deadline to complete the general scholarship application process has been extended to March 15th. Scholarship applications received on or before March 15th are given priority consideration in the awarding process. Scholarship applications received after this date may still be considered. We encourage you to apply even if you miss the extended March 15th priority date. There are individual scholarship opportunities that have a due date beyond the General Scholarship Application priority date.

Here is a sample of the scholarships available to qualified students:

  • The Reisher Scholars Program: Full time student, continuing students with sophomore standing, or new transfer students with junior standing. Established financial need and 3.0 GPA.
  • Stephen & Ruth Jordan Endowed Scholarship for Leadership: First term senior, 3.2 GPA, and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Kingdom Enlightenment: Established financial need, full time student, 2.0 GPA, and Colorado public high school graduate.
  • Captain E.B. Jeppesen Endowed Memorial Scholarship: Established financial need, full time, Aviation Management or Aviation Technology major, and 3.0 GPA.
  • Scholarship Real Estate: Establish financial need, 2.5 GPA, enrolled 6 credit hours or more, and a Colorado resident.

And many, many more…

Institutional Scholarships

MSU Denver offers a variety of Institutional Scholarships. These funds are awarded based on a first-come first-served basis.

Institutional Scholarship & Eligibility:

  • MSU Denver Earned Scholarship
    • Must be participant in RaiseMe; High school GPA of a 2.80+; Admissions Application completed by July 1st; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Must be enrolled in 6 credit hours minimum
    • $1,000 ($500 per term). Awards are based on amounts earned with a maximum per year of $1,000
  • Presidents Academic Achievement High School
    • Complete a FAFSA or CASFA; Complete Financial Aid File; Transfer GPA of a 3.25; Transfer of 12 or more credit hours; Undergraduate; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Awarded to first-time students
    • $2,000/year; $1,000 per term
    • Fund amounts will prorate for half-time (6-8 hours), and for three-quarter time (9-11 hours).
  • Pres Academic Achievement Continuing, Readmit, Transfer
    • Complete a FAFSA or CASFA; Complete Financial Aid File; Transfer GPA of a 3.25; Transfer of 12 or more credit hours; Undergraduate; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Awarded to first-time students
    • $2,000/year; $1,000 per term
    • Fund amounts will prorate for half-time (6-8 hours), and for three-quarter time (9-11 hours).
  • Pres Academic Achievement Transfer (Spring or spring/summer)
    • Complete a FAFSA or CASFA; Complete Financial Aid File; Transfer GPA of a 3.25; Transfer of 12 or more credit hours; Undergraduate; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Awarded to first-time students
    • $2,000/year; $1,000 per term
    • Fund amounts will prorate for half-time (6-8 hours), and for three-quarter time (9-11 hours).
  • MSU Denver Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Transfer
    • Complete a FAFSA or CASFA; Complete Financial Aid File; Complete scholarship application; PTK participant; Transfer GPA of a 3.50; Transfer of 12 or more hours; Undergraduate; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Must have transferred from a community college and participated in PTK
    • $1,000/year; $500 per term

Please remember these awards are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Meeting minimum qualifications does NOT guarantee you will be offered one of these awards.

Raise-Me Micro-Scholarships

Sign up for free and earn up to $4000 in scholarships from MSU Denver for your high school achievements.

We have partnered with RaiseMe to allow you to earn scholarships to MSU Denver while you are still in high school. When MSU Denver awards student scholarships on RaiseMe, we are guaranteeing these scholarships will be included in your financial aid package after you are admitted.

The RaiseMe First-Time Freshman Program Basics:

  • You can earn up to $4000 ($1000 a year/$500 per semester) toward your education at MSU Denver in a MSU Denver Earned Scholarship.
  • Complete your RaiseMe profile by March 1st of your senior year and be sure to follow MSU Denver.
  • Apply for admission to MSU Denver by July 31st.
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.8 or better (maintain a 2.0 at MSU for annual renewal).
  • Enroll in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per term.
  • You will have six (6) years from the time of your high school graduation to use all of your earned micro-scholarships at MSU Denver.

The RaiseMe Transfer Program Basics:

  • You can earn up to $1000 ($500 a year/$250 per semester) toward your education at MSU Denver in a MSU Denver Earned Scholarship.
  • Complete your RaiseMe profile by July 31st for fall, or by December 1st for spring.
  • Apply for admission to MSU Denver by July 31st  for fall, or by December 1st for spring.
  • Have a transfer GPA of 2.8 or better (maintain a 2.0 at MSU for annual renewal).
  • Transfer at least 12 credit hours from your previous institution.
  • Enroll in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per term

Raise-Me FAQ

Displaced Aurarian

Scholarship Details

 

The Displaced Aurarian (DAAPP) Scholarship program is designed to provide funds for tuition and fees for students who were residents of the Auraria neighborhood at the time the campus was first built, between 1955 and 1973. The program also extends to all direct descendants of these residents. Students who plan on transferring to a four-year institution on the Auraria Campus need to contact that institution to see if they meet the criteria for the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship. 

The Displaced Aurarian Scholarship will cover the student’s share of in-state tuition and fees for regular classes up to 18 credit hours taught at the downtown Auraria Campus only. Recipients can utilize the award for 1st bachelor and master’s degrees. Students taking online classes will only receive the equivalent of the cost of on-campus in-state tuition and fees, minus COF. 

The Displaced Aurarian Scholarship will be awarded after Census Date (approximately 2 weeks after classes begin) every fall and spring semester. Submission of the DAAPP application in no way guarantees a Displaced Aurarian Award at MSU Denver at any point. 

Displaced Aurarian FAQ

Auraria Neighborhood Map

Auraria Neighborhood

The Auraria neighborhood borders consisted of Colfax Avenue to the south, South Platte River to the west, and Speer Boulevard to the east.

Indigenous & Native Peoples’ Grant

Grant Details

The Indigenous & Native Peoples’ Grant is designed to provide funds for tuition and fees for undergraduate students who are Colorado residents and enrolled in one of 574 federally recognized Native nations. In the MSU Denver land acknowledgement, we identify this land as being the original home of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations, land that was frequently also inhabited by the Lakota, Ute, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone and others. Just as we honor the Displaced Aurarians who were forcibly removed from their homes so that our campus could be built, we also honor the Indigenous and Native Peoples who first called this land home by fully funding their tuition and fees to undergraduate programs at MSU Denver.

The Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant will cover the student’s share of in-state tuition and fees for regular classes up to 15 credit hours per semester.  Students are required to file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) and can utilize this award for their first bachelor’s degree or certificate.

Indigenous & Native Peoples’ Grant FAQ

Please mail all scholarship checks and related correspondence to:

Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Attn: Kelly Findley
P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 2
Denver, CO 80217-3362

Physical Address:

Jordan Student Success Building, Area 6, Suite 130

890 Auraria Parkway

Denver, CO 80204

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Financial Aid and Scholarship Customer Service Phone:

303-556-8593

Email Address: 

[email protected]

Fax: 

720-778-5833