Scholarships

PSU Scholarships

Many different scholarships are available through Plymouth State University’s Advancement Office, Alumni Office, and various academic departments.

Annual and Endowed Scholarships

Annual and endowed scholarships are made possible through the generous support of PSU alumni and friends who have chosen to honor a family member, classmate, mentor, friend, or faculty member by helping deserving students pay for their college education.

PSU scholarship applications generally become available in March for awards for the following year. For more information on scholarships available and their criteria, requirements, and deadlines, please visit the Academic Works website. If additional information is needed, please contact the specific department offering the scholarship for more information. Scholarships that do not require an application are awarded by the Student Financial Services Office based on the scholarship criteria and greatest need. For questions regarding scholarships with general criteria, contact us.

Morgridge Family Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of the Morgridge Family Opportunity Scholarship Endowment is to provide renewable scholarships for incoming freshman who are academically promising and who are Pell-eligible to reduce the amount borrowed for educational purposes. Preference will be given to students from Belknap, Coos, Grafton, Strafford, Sullivan and Carroll counties of New Hampshire and those who are first generation in their families to attend university. Students will be chosen by the MFOS scholarship committee. 

Online application 

 

Undergraduate Admissions Merit-Based Scholarships

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

GPA Scholarship Name In-State (per year) Out-of-State/NEBHE* (per year)
3.75 – 4.00 Presidential $7,000 $11,000
3.25 – 3.74 Dean’s $6,000 $10,000
2.75 – 3.24 Aspire $5,000 $9,000
2.50 – 2.74 Promise $4,000 $6,000
2.25 – 2.49 Promise $3,000 $5,000
< 2.24 Strive $2,000 $3,000
Scholarships are awarded based upon your GPA at the time of decision and are not adjusted based upon final GPA. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years, at the awarded amount (for a total of eight full-time fall and spring semesters). Notification of eligibility is included in your acceptance letter. All merit awards are evenly split between fall and spring semesters. A specific cumulative GPA is required annually to renew merit scholarships, as follows: Presidential and Dean’s: 3.0; Aspire: 2.5; Promise and NH Strive: 2.25.

 

* NEBHE students will also receive a $3,000 tuition waiver.

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

If you have earned 24 or more credits after high school graduation you will qualify for a transfer merit scholarship, which will be assigned based on your incoming college GPA. If you have earned less than 24 credits, you will be awarded a first-year merit scholarship, which will be based on your high school GPA.

GPA Scholarship Name In-State (per year) Out-of-State/NEBHE* (per year)
3.50 – 4.00 Presidential $4,500 $8,000
3.25 – 3.49 Dean’s $3,000 $7,000
2.75 – 3.24 Aspire $2,000 $5,000
< 2.74 Promise $1,000 $3,000
Scholarships are awarded based upon your GPA at the time of decision and are not adjusted based upon final GPA. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years, at the awarded amount (for a total of eight full-time fall and spring semesters). Notification of eligibility is included in your acceptance letter. All merit awards are evenly split between fall and spring semesters. A specific cumulative GPA is required annually to renew merit scholarships, as follows: Presidential and Dean’s: 3.0; Aspire: 2.5.

 

* NEBHE students tuition charge will be $3,000 less than non-resident students.

 

Talent Grants

Incoming Music, Theater and Musical Theater majors may be considered for renewable Talent Grants of up to $3,000. Please contact the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department for details.

 

Scholarship Searches

Students can perform a scholarship search using various internet scholarship search databases. Competition is often more severe for scholarships identified this way, as many are available on a regional or national level.

Private foundations, civic organizations and others are a great resources for additional scholarship monies. In our experience, over 90 percent of the outside scholarships received by students, specifically first-year students, are obtained from organizations within their home communities. For this reason, we encourage you to check with your high school guidance office, employer, local civic organizations and religious institutions to see what scholarships are available.

Winning a Scholarship Quick Reference Guide provides practical advice for students on how to win a scholarship. It includes a list of the top twelve tips on winning a scholarship, a list of common scholarship application mistakes, a warning about scholarship scams, and a list of key scholarship resources.

You may also want to perform a scholarship search using a scholarship search database. Competition is often more severe for scholarships identified online, as many are available on a national level. Free Scholarship Search on the Web (FastWeb) allows you to conduct your own scholarship search.

 

Additional free scholarship searches online:

*PSU does not specifically endorse any of the above resources. Links are provided for student assistance only.