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Academic Tiered Scholarships

In recognition of top academic performers, starting Fall 2024, qualified new students may be eligible for up to 2,000 per year, split between two semesters. The Presidential, Vice Presidential, and Provost Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for first-time freshmen and three years for transfer students with consecutive and continued enrollment. Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits in the academic year with a 3.0/4.0 GPA. Scholarship award criteria are outlined in the table below and may be achieved on any of the score options or GPA levels.



Award Amount

High School GPA

Transfer GPA






Presidential Premier Scholarship









Presidential Elite Scholarship









Presidential Select Scholarship










Transfer GPA's are considered for students with 24 or more earned credits. High school GPA's are used for all other new students. All GPA levels are set by the first day of classes each semester. If final documents are received after this day, the level of scholarship awarded will not change.

Students are locked in at their level of scholarship once they are a DSU student; they will not be able to move between scholarship levels. Phi Theta Kappa members who graduate with associate degrees are automatically eligible for the corresponding award level. This waiver can be combined with the DSU Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Scholarship and may also be combined with other forms of institutional waivers and DSU Heritage Foundation Scholarships

Admission Requirements

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

The Blue Hawk Promise Scholarship provides financial assistance to eligible students to use towards tuition costs of their undergraduate academic programs. The scholarship is applied after gift aid, grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers have been utilized to cover the difference between the aid package and the remaining tuition.

Learn more about the Blue Hawk Promise Scholarship

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. 

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, or English. 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

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 school 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.