Presidential Scholarships give qualified new students $1600 per year, split between two semesters. Cabinet will set exact scholarship amounts each year.

To receive this scholarship:

  • Freshman: have a 3.25 cumulative GPA OR minimum test score of ACT 22, SAT 1100, TOEFL 83, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo 115
  • Transfer students: have a 3.0 cumulative GPA

You will continue to receive the Presidential Scholarship as long as you are continually enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits a semester and keep your GPA at 3.0 or higher. Collaborative credits (credits for classes you take from another NDUS school while at DSU) do not count towards the 12-credit minimum requirement. It’s renewable for up to four years for first-time freshmen and three years for transfer students.

View a full list of bachelor’s degree admission requirements.

The DSU Heritage Foundation is investing in future generations by awarding scholarships. The Foundation supports the university by rewarding academic and extracurricular excellence as well as supporting scholarly and creative activities.

To apply for a DSU Heritage Foundation Scholarship please fill out a form HERE.

Our Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program is a student-driven program that allows you to maximize your time in the classroom. You hone decision-making and problem-solving techniques with intellectual rigor and character development. 

As a TRHLP student, you’ll receive a scholarship of $3,200 per year for the first two years, and $4,000 per year for the last two years.

For more information visit the TR Leadership Program webpage.

We award athletic scholarships to student-athletes on a case-by-case basis. To apply, fill out a recruitment form for each sport at our DSU Blue Hawks website.

The High School “High Fliers” Scholarship is available to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The scholarship waives part of your tuition, so you don’t pay more than the funded dual credit tuition rate for early entry courses taken via DSUlive™ or online. You must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and show this by submitting an official in-progress high school transcript. The “High Fliers” Scholarship is renewable as long as you keep a minimum 3.0 GPA in DSU coursework and remain a high school student. When you graduate from high school or earn your GED, you can apply for other DSU scholarship and/or award programs to receive aid.

View the High Fliers Scholarship flyer.

These scholarships are available to you if you are majoring, minoring, or participating in the following areas: art, communication, English, music, or theater. The recipient of this award is expected to assist in recruitment and promotion of the department. To be eligible, you must be accepted to DSU and be enrolled full time (at least 12 hours per semester). You must also maintain good academic and financial standing.

New Students
New students must complete the DSU Heritage Foundation Scholarship application and the following depending on the area you plan on studying:

  • Art – Submit a sample of artwork
  • English – Submit a writing sample
  • Music – Submit a video recording of a recent performance
  • Theater – Submit a video recording of a monolog or acting sample

Submit the example of your work to

Returning Students
Returning students must complete the DSU Heritage Foundation Scholarship application and talk with their faculty advisor.

International Students
International students are encouraged to complete the DSU Heritage Foundation Scholarship application.

If you have any questions about Arts and Letters scholarships, please contact the department at

The DSU Staff Senate Scholarship financially supports a student who is a spouse or dependent of a DSU staff member. You’ll receive this scholarship along with the DSU Employee Spouse and Dependent Tuition Waiver Request, which covers only tuition.

Apply for our Staff Senate Scholarship

We are one of five colleges and universities in the North Dakota University System that participates in the Bakken U education initiative. This initiative is open to those working directly in an energy-related field or those looking to strengthen their professional skills. DSU offers many certificate programs, as well as associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs on campus and online. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, explore the opportunities available at DSU.

Apply for the Bakken U Scholarship

There are many scholarships available to DSU students outside of those mentioned here. Although it’s not comprehensive, the list below includes scholarships sent to DSU by third parties.

View the external scholarship list.