Awards, Scholarships, and Funding

All students in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) are eligible for awards and scholarships available through MSU.

  • 70 percent of incoming MSU first-year students receive some form of financial aid.
  • Check the Office of Admissions website for information about scholarships and financial aid available to all MSU students (admissions.msu.edu/cost-aid).
  • Your application for admissions is your application for Office of Admissions scholarships. Apply by November 1 to receive highest consideration.

2019-2020 RCAH Awards and Scholarships

Each year, through the generosity of our alumni and friends, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities is able to grant several awards and scholarships to our students.

The following are all scholarships available to students in RCAH for the 2019-20 academic year. (Please note: the Ruth Dahlberg Smith award can be applied to Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020, depending on the study abroad program.) By completing the application above, you will be considered for any scholarship for which you are eligible.

To be considered for any of these College-level awards, please complete the following electronic application by Friday, March 8, 2019:

https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9Z9yAQBUYAvs8t

 

Scholarships for New Students

Richard A. and Joanne D. Brodie Endowed Scholarship for the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
This award seeks to grant deserving student the opportunity to experience the arts and humanities, and through their future work, the lives of others will be enriched and inspired. Recipients must be an incoming freshmen or transfer student and shall be selected on the basis of outstanding academic achievement with preference for those with financial need.

Amount of award: One or more awards for a total of $1,700

Justin Morrill College Legacy Scholarship
Established by the alumni from the Justin Morrill College, this award is intended to encourage students who demonstrate the capacity to achieve their educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Amount of award: Amount depends on the funds available

RCAH Alumni Honor Scholarship
Established by the alumni of the RCAH in 2017 to recognize the 10th anniversary of the college, this award seeks to support students pursuing a commitment to the arts and humanities, civic engagement, and social justice. Students must be incoming first year or transfer students, with a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Preference given to those who demonstrate financial need and/or who are first generation college students.

Amount of award: Amount depends on the funds available

RCAH Dean’s Opportunity Fund
Supported by the friends, parents, and alumni of the RCAH, this award seeks to support both current and entering students in the RCAH, who demonstrate a dedication and curiosity about the arts and humanities, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need.

Amount of award: Two awards at $1,000 each; Seven awards at $2,000 each; Four awards at $1,000 each and renewable for all four years*.

*Students must maintain an MSU GPA of 3.0 or higher and a major in the Arts and Humanities.

RCAH Endowed Fund for Student Support
Established by Dr. Ronald Miller, an alumnus of Justin Morrill College class of 1978, this academic scholarship is intended to provide support and encouragement to RCAH students in need. The award is open to all incoming or current RCAH majors. Preference shall be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

Amount of award: One or more awards for a total of $2,000


Scholarships for Returning Students

Lillian McMahon Endowed Scholarship for the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Established by Dr. George Melnik in honor of Lillian McMahon, the first woman in the United States to own a McDonald’s franchise, to honor her compassion and spirit for higher education. This scholarship is intended to provide a student an opportunity to gain the ability to solve problems through analysis and critical thinking—skills that Dr. Melnik used to further his own education and to be successful in life. This award was created to support students who are currently pursuing a major in the Arts and Humanities, who have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who demonstrate financial need.

Amount of award: One or more awards for a total of $2,200

Justin Morrill College Legacy Scholarship
Established by the alumni from the Justin Morrill College, this award is intended to encourage students who demonstrate the capacity to achieve their educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Amount of award: Amount depends on the funds available

RCAH Dean’s Opportunity Fund
Supported by the friends, parents, and alumni of the RCAH, this award seeks to support both current and entering students in the RCAH, who demonstrate a dedication and curiosity about the arts and humanities, with preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need.

Amount of award: Two awards at $1,000 each; Seven awards at $2,000 each; Four awards at $1,000 each and renewable for all four years*.

*Students must maintain an MSU GPA of 3.0 or higher and a major in the Arts and Humanities.

RCAH Endowed Fund for Student Support
Established by Dr. Ronald Miller, an alumnus of Justin Morrill College class of 1978, this academic scholarship is intended to provide support and encouragement to RCAH students in need. The award is open to all incoming or current RCAH majors. Preference shall be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

Amount of award: One or more awards for a total of $2,000

Ruth Dahlberg Smith Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship
Established by the family and friends of Ruth Dahlberg Smith, who was dedicated to international study, this award seeks to ensure that every RCAH student has the opportunity for an academic international experience appropriate to their interests before graduation. Students must be accepted to a study abroad program for the upcoming year and have a GPA or 3.0 or higher. Preference given to those with financial need.

Amount of award: One or more awards for a total of $2,400


Other Funding Opportunities

MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement 
This prestigious award recognizes a student or group of students who foster innovation using the arts and humanities in community settings. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to a student or students who engage with communities using initiative, collaboration, and innovative arts and humanities practices in alignment with the RCAH civic engagement model and RCAH’s mission to create a better world. For more information, go to https://rcah.msu.edu/current-students/funding/deans-choice-award.html.  

Network for Global Civic Engagement Undergraduate Fellowship
The Network for Global Civic Engagement is a university-wide teaching and research collaboration that provides resources and activities to participating faculty and students in MSU colleges and major administrative units with a particular interest in global civic engagement in the United States and abroad. Through the generosity of MSUFCU and participating MSU colleges and major administrative units, the Network will award one-year civic engagement student fellowships of up to $3,000 each to support undergraduates’ in-depth study and practice in global civic engagement in the context of a sustained partnership or coordinated faculty project. This is a rolling application and review process. Decisions will be made promptly upon receipt of the completed application. For more information, go to https://rcah.msu.edu/current-students/funding/network-for-global-civic-engagement.html

MSU Federal Credit Union Internship Opportunity Award
Through the generosity of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and individual donors, the MSU Career Services Network is able to grant stipend awards of up to $1,000 each for Summer 2019 for undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships located in the United States during the Summer 2019 semester. The MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award program was established to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to accomplish educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek experiential learning opportunities to further progress toward their career. Application deadline for Summer 2019 is 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2019.  Click here to read a PDF with application criteria and information on how to apply.

Emergency Funding
A variety of MSU and RCAH funds are available to assist students in meeting unexpected financial needs on an as-needed basis. For more information, go to https://rcah.msu.edu/current-students/funding/emergency-funding.html