Undergraduate International Student Scholarships

International Student Scholarship

New first-year and transfer undergraduate international applicants are eligible for scholarship consideration based on the following criteria. To be considered, students must meet all requirements for full or conditional admission. Awards are given based on evaluation of academic records at the time of admission to NDSU by determining the U.S. cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) equivalent of the applicant. Please note: NDSU does not offer full scholarships. The awards offered are partial and available for a maximum of eight (8) semesters:

  • Tier 1: 3.5 - 4.0 U.S. cGPA equivalent
    • $12,000 ($1,500/semester)
  • Tier 2: 3.0 - 3.49 U.S. cGPA equivalent
    • $8,000 ($1,000/semester)

You must be admitted to NDSU by July 1 (for August start) or January 1 (for January start). 


You are automatically considered for this award at the time of admission if you were admitted before the deadlines noted above. No special application is necessary to receive these guaranteed awards. 

Awards for the 2024 calendar year (Spring 2024 and Fall 2024) will be listed in the NDSU Scholarship Portal as early as November 1, 2023 (keyword search: "NDSU International Spring Award" for students seeking January entrance; or "NDSU International Fall Award" for students seeking May or August entrance).

Lorraine Murphy Global Diversity Scholarship

The Lorraine Murphy Endowed International Fund supports and enhances diversity at NDSU by providing scholarships for first-year international students. This scholarship acknowledges international students who are committed to global diversity and intercultural awareness. 

This award is given based on the strength of each applicant's essay responses and the scholarship funds available. 

Eligible Term: Fall (August entrance)

Application: Available here

Please note, you must first have received an admission letter from NDSU before you can apply for the scholarship, and you must also complete the General Application in the award system before you can apply to the award. 

Amount: $5,000 renewable


Are there other scholarships I might be eligible for?

There are other scholarships offered by NDSU that anyone can apply for after admission. These scholarships are listed in NDSU's "Academic Works" system. 

Scholarships may help reduce some of your educational expenses while you are studying here. However, to obtain an I-20 from us, you must still show financial documents for the full amount needed (excluding any scholarships you may be awarded). Click here to view our Estimates of Expenses.

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