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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 Scholarship Opportunities

External Scholarship Listing

External Scholarships Tips for Success

2022-2023 Application opens December 2021!

2021-2022 General Scholarship Application is STILL OPEN!

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 is March 1st. Scholarship applications received on or before March 1st 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 March 1st 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.

Scholarship Who’s Eligible Maximum Award Per Year Eligibility Requirements Required Enrollment
MSU Denver Earned Scholarship
Participants of RaiseMe
$1,000 ($500 per term). Awards are based on amounts earned with a maximum per year of $1,000
Participate in RaiseMe; High school GPA of a 2.80+; Admissions Application completed by July 1st;  Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Must be enrolled in at least 6 hours
Pres Academic Achievement High School 
Awarded to incoming first-time students with a GPA of a 3.25 or better.
$2,000 ($1,000 per term)
Complete a FAFSA or Dreamer Application; Complete Financial Aid File; High school GPA of a 3.25; Undergraduate; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Fund amounts will prorate for half-time (6-8 hours), and for three-quarter time (9-11 hours)
Pres Academic Achievement Continuing, Readmit, Transfer
Awarded to continuing  and transfer students with a GPA of a 3.25 or better.
$2,000 ($1,000 per term)
Complete a FAFSA or Dreamer Application; Complete Financial Aid File; Undergraduate; 12 credit hours completed; Continuing or Returning- MSU Denver GPA of a 3.25; if Transfer- GPA of a 3.25 from most recent school attended; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
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)
Awarded to spring Transfer students with a GPA of a 3.25 or better.
       $2,000 ($1,000 per term)
Complete a FAFSA or Dreamer Application; Complete Financial Aid File; Transfer GPA of a 3.25; Transfer of 12 or more hours; Undergraduate; Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
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
Awarded to students with a GPA of a 3.50 or better, have transferred from a community college where they participated in PTK.
$1,000 or ($500 per term)
Complete a FAFSA or Dreamer Application; 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.
Fund amounts will prorate for half-time (6-8 hours), and for three-quarter time (9-11 hours)

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 the children and grandchildren 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 15 credit hours taught at the downtown Auraria Campus only for a maximum of eight semesters. 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. This is not guaranteed and solely dependent on the availability of funds. 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.

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