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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.
Students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and 67% completion rate) for a scholarship to be credited to the student’s account. Students who have accumulated more than 180 credit hours are considered ineligible for aid. We will contact donors if students fail to meet SAP standards established by the university. Donors may request that their scholarship funds be returned, or they may authorize disbursement of their funds in writing at that time.
Scholarship checks should be made payable to the Metropolitan State University of Denver and reference the recipient’s name(s) and MSU Denver student ID number(s) at the bottom of the check or on a separate letter. Note: making checks co-payable between the student and the university will delay disbursement of the scholarship funds to the student’s account.
Please provide the full name(s), contact person(s), address and phone number of your organization so that we can contact you if necessary.
If the student does not enroll, we will return the funds to the donors after census date, which occurs two weeks after the first day of classes each semester. If the donor requires verification of enrollment please contact the Office of the Registrar.
If the donor requires an invoice before a check can be issued, please contact the Office of the Bursar.
It is the student’s responsibility to pay their bill on time. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will not waive late and service charges on scholarship payments that arrive in our office after the bill due date.
If the donor requires grade transcripts at the end of each semester, they should contact the scholarship recipients. It is the responsibility of the student to provide copies of their transcripts to their donors.
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 extended 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:
And many, many more…
MSU Denver offers a variety of Institutional Scholarships. These funds are awarded based on a first-come first-served basis.
Institutional Scholarship & Eligibility:
Please remember these awards are offered on a first-come, first served basis and are subject to funding availability. Meeting minimum qualifications does NOT guarantee you will be offered one of these awards.
Through a combination of federal, state and institutional grants, MSU Denver will ensure Indigenous students’ tuition and mandatory published fees are fully covered beginning Fall 2022. The Indigenous & Native Peoples’ Grant is for undergraduate students who are Colorado residents and enrolled in one of 574 federally recognized Native nations.
For more information, visit our Indigenous and Native Peoples’ Grant page.
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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:
The RaiseMe Transfer Program Basics:
Yes. RaiseMe is entirely free. To sign up, visit the Metropolitan State University of Denver profile and create an account.
Students who are in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 and attend high school in the United States can use RaiseMe right now. So can anyone who is interested in transferring to MSU Denver.
MSU Denver’s RaiseMe scholarships are available to incoming freshman, as well as to students who participate in the RaiseMe Transfer Program.
You begin by creating an account on RaiseMe. Once your account is established, you should follow MSU Denver and add achievements such as grades, extracurricular activities and leadership positions to your portfolio.
You must follow MSU Denver and complete your profile on RaiseMe by July 1st of your senior year for the First-Time Freshman Program.
Funds will be automatically awarded to your account by August 15th of each academic year that you remain eligible.
Yes. You can fill in your high school portfolio retroactively with achievements going back to the start of 9th grade and will be eligible to earn scholarships as if you have been using RaiseMe since 9th grade. The more complete your portfolio is, the more opportunities you have to earn micro-scholarships.
You should add achievements as frequently as you can throughout high school. Adding achievements to your portfolio increases your eligibility for earning scholarships from MSU Denver.
No. Micro-scholarships are not transferrable between different colleges. You can only use the scholarships that you earn from one school towards the cost of attending that same college — not to any other school.
You should add all of your courses from grades 9 through 12 in order for MSU Denver to award you the correct amount in scholarships.
The final total of scholarships earned on RaiseMe represent a guaranteed minimum amount of a Metro Earned Scholarship award you will receive in your financial aid package to attend MSU Denver. If you receive additional scholarships based upon other factors through the admission, financial aid or general MSU Denver scholarship application process, then that package will include the amount that you have earned on RaiseMe.
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers (with or without DACA or TPS). TheDream.US scholarship will cover your tuition and fees up to $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree at MSU Denver. In addition, you may also be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $1,000/year for books, supplies, and transportation.
You should submit your scholarship application by February 28, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. Learn about eligibility requirements and the application process here.
Students who are currently or are about to be high school graduates, have earned their GED or students who have been or are currently enrolled in Community College or University.
Visit the TheDream.US website to review eligibility criteria: https://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/guidelines/
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.
Access the Displaced Aurarian Application here.
To qualify, you must:
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
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: