Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities
The College of Arts & Letters 2024 scholarship offerings are now available! Awards may range from $500 to $3,000 depending on available funds and number of applicants.
We hope that interested students will submit BOTH forms in order to maximize their chances at a scholarship.
Please note: some scholarships require two faculty recommendations, one of whom must be from the College of Arts & Letters. Faculty members must submit the recommendation via the form below.
All scholarships requiring faculty recommendations are on one form, while all scholarships not requiring recommendations are on another form, both of which are linked directly below. Be sure to review the scholarship criteria listed on this page prior to applying. Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2024 at 5:00pm (EST).
For tips on requesting faculty recommendations, please visit the Faculty Recommendations subpage, linked here.
Please send all questions regarding scholarships and awards listed below to Carrie Lewis at email@example.com.
Recommendations are required for the following awards:
College of Arts & Letters Outstanding Senior Achievement Award and Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence
Eligible students must have a primary major in the College of Arts & Letters, 3.5 or above GPA and expect to graduate any semester of the current calendar year (Spring, Summer or Fall). An award of $1000 will be given to the Outstanding Senior recipient, and special recognition to the Undergraduate Excellence recipient. The College of Arts & Letters will then send all applications to the appropriate department chairperson for endorsement. Only those applications endorsed by department chairs will be considered.
Arts and Letters Alumni Endowed Scholarship
Undergraduate students enrolled full or part time in the College of Arts and Letters and demonstrate academic achievement and financial need are eligible for this award.
The Marian Lee Aylesworth Award in Arts and Letters
Applicants must be a primary major in the College of Arts and Letters with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Preference will be given to students majoring in English with membership in the Honors College. The amount of the award depends on available funds. The award will be credited during the following fall tuition payment process.
The Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Scholarship in Arts and Letters
This scholarship is based on financial need. Financial aid application must be on file with MSU (The Office of Financial Aid office will provide financial need determination).
Applicants must be a primary major in the College of Arts & Letters with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, be in their sophomore year when applying (28-55 credits earned), and be of junior status (56-87 credits earned) the semester following receipt of the award. Assuming the recipient maintains academic eligibility, he or she may reapply for the scholarship for a second consecutive year; if the second year is the student’s senior year the recipient may reapply for the scholarship to support graduate study in a program offered by the College of Arts & Letters. The amount of the award depends on the funds available. The award will be credited during the following fall tuition payment process.
Grand Hotel Endowed Scholarship for Arts and Letters
The goal of this scholarship is to enable as many Arts and Letters students as possible to participate in create activities both in classes and in co-curricular activities and to reward students who endeavor to enrich their lives through creativity. Therefore, this scholarship will be awarded to students in CAL who wish to explore creative pursuits as part of their educational experience at MSU.
Eligible students must be undergraduate students with an academic major in the College of Arts & Letters.
Alumni Endowed Student Book Scholarship
Several $500 book scholarships are available to students whose primary major is within the College of Arts & Letters. Applicants must be of sophomore, junior, or senior status with a record of academic excellence, particularly in the College of Arts and Letters courses.
Recommendations are not required for the following awards:
Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts
Applicants must be seniors with a major in one of the following areas: performing and creative arts, including the fine arts, music, creative writing, theatre, and electronic/photographic arts. After initial application, department faculty may be contacted to support applicants’ nomination for this award. The amount of the award depends on available funds. The Sudler Prize is a cash award.
The Nora Sager Stackhouse Endowed Scholarship in Arts and Letters
Applicants must be a primary major in the College of Arts & Letters, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, be in their sophomore year (28-55 credits earned), and be of junior status (56-87 credits earned) the semester following receipt of the award. The amount of the award depends on the funds available. The award will be credited during the following fall tuition payment process.
The Drs. Larry Landrum and Nancy Pogel Endowed Scholarship in Arts and Letters
Eligible students must be undergraduate students with an academic major in the College of Arts & Letters, with preference is given to students who are from underrepresented groups within the College of Arts & Letters or whose presence in the College of Arts & Letters otherwise promotes diversity, and who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
William J. and Pamela A. Lowe Detroit Endowed Scholarship
Current or incoming students with CAL majors who are city of Detroit residents and currently or previously attended/graduated from a public, charter or private high school in the Detroit city limits, with a preference to 3.0-3.75 GPA range are eligible for this award.
Jon H. Saari Student Scholarship for the College of Arts and Letters
Applicants must be a major in the College of Arts and Letters with financial need, as determined by Federal Student Aid.
Kyle Kehus Endowed Scholarship
Applicants must be juniors or seniors enrolled in CAL and pursuing a major in one of the following departments: English, Philosophy, African American and African Studies, Linguistics, Languages, & Cultures, Religious Studies, or Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures.
Preference will be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria in order of priority:
1) Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, such as but not limited to equity, racial justice, free speech, religious freedoms, tolerance, and privacy as indicated through current or past employment, extracurricular activities, volunteering or a personal statement.
2) Demonstrated financial need.
3) Graduated from a high school located in an urban city.
4) Minimum GPA of 3.5
Lisa K. Lipinski Scholarship for Arts and Letters
CAL students with a 3.0 minimum GPA are eligible for this award. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in foreign languages, English, philosophy, theatre, art, or art history, to prepare for a career in the arts.
Henry and Dolores Walczak Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is open to undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor in the College of Arts & Letters.
Preference will be given to students who meet the following criteria in order of priority:
– Foster youth alumni attending MSU, as well as students who were in kinship care, have experienced homelessness, or are otherwise independent.
– Demonstrate financial need.
– Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Emergency Financial Aid for Students
The College of Arts & Letters has set up an emergency fund for students due to acute financial hardships.
- Decisions about funding will depend on the individual situation of each student and will be funded by the College of Arts & Letters. Students must be a College of Arts & Letters primary major.
- A College Committee will review applications twice per week and make decisions about your funding. You may receive a call from the College to seek clarification of your responses.
- The Office of Financial Aid will be contacted for information about student’s existing aid package and to determine what type of award each student may receive.
Study Abroad & Study Away Opportunities
All scholarships for study abroad, study away, internships and service learning are listed on the College of Arts & Letters Excel Network scholarships page. Funding opportunities for undergraduate research are listed on the Excel Network undergraduate research page.
More funding and financial aid opportunities through The Office of Financial Aid.