Office of Scholarships

2021-2022 Scholarship Applications

Carefully read the description for each application. You may need to fill out more than one application dependent upon which type of student you are. For example, if you are a new out-of-state transfer student you will want to fill out both the Transfer AND the Out-of-State scholarship applications. After reading the descriptions below, please apply for the correct scholarship(s) you are eligible for.

Incoming Freshmen Scholarship Information
The freshman scholarship application is now closed for the 2021-2022 school year for incoming freshmen. Check back Fall 2021 for information on the 2022-2023 application! You will fill out the 2022-23 application if you are a 2022 high school graduate, or have never attended college before. Even if you have concurrent college hours completed while in high school, you are still considered an incoming freshman for the 2022-23 school year.

Continuing/Returning Student Scholarship Information
The Continuing/Returning scholarship application is now closed for the 2021-2022 school year. Check back at the end of the Fall 2021 semester for information on the 2022-2023 scholarship application. You may fill out the 2022-23 application if you are a current student or not currently enrolled, but are planning to return for the 2021-22 school year AND NSU was the last school you attended. You will also complete this application if Spring 2022 is your first semester at NSU.

Transfer Student Scholarship Information 
The transfer scholarship application is now open for the 2021-2022 school year for new transfer students. Fill this out only if you are attending NSU for the first time during the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester. If you will attend NSU during Spring 2021, fill out the Continuing Application when it opens at the end of December.

Out-of-State Student Scholarship Application 
This scholarship application is now open for the 2021-2022 school year for ALL new non-resident students (NOT a resident of Oklahoma and not admitted as in-state). By filling out this one application you are applying for the Quad State Scholarship, and the Tribal Heritage Scholarship, Non-Resident Scholarship. Fill this out only if you are attending NSU for the first time during the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester. If you are going to begin taking classes at NSU for the first time during the Spring 2021, please contact our office for more information.

Graduate Student Scholarship Information
Scholarship opportunities for ALL graduate students can be found on the Graduate Funding and Scholarships page. Non-Resident graduate students will want to complete our Out-of-State Student Scholarship Application.

International Student Scholarship Information
Scholarship opportunities for international students can be found on our International Student Scholarship Information page. 

Optometry Students
Students do not need to fill out a scholarship application. Awards for these students are made internally within the college of Optometry. There is no need to contact your program, simply being an enrolled/admitted student makes you eligible for selection. 

Physicians Assistant Program Students
Students can apply for funding through the Graduate Funding and Scholarships page. 

NSU is not responsible for placing applications in the correct category. It is the student's responsibility to fill out the correct application.

Office of Scholarships

At NSU, 94 percent of our beginning undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, with 65 percent receiving state or local government grants or scholarships.

Financial need and merit are the main factors that are considered for the awarding of grants and scholarships. “Merit-based” aid is given to students who do well in academics, leadership, community services and other areas. “Need-based” aid is given to students who lack the financial resources needed to go to college. Unfortunately, each year, the demand for both kinds of aid is much greater than available funds.

The NSU Office of Scholarships is ready to assist students in learning more about applying and earning scholarships at NSU. The main office is located on the Tahlequah campus in the CASE building on the second floor and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Northeastern State University complies with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, all as amended, and other federal and state laws and regulations. NSU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, contracting, employment, financial aid and educational services.

Northeastern State University, in compliance with Oklahoma Constitution Article 2, § 36A, does not unlawfully grant preferential treatment to, or discriminate against, any individual or group on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting. 


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Tribal Scholarship Opportunities

Light the way emergency fund

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Seminary Hall, President Steve Turner issued a challenge to the Northeastern State University Centurions and President’s Circle donors to establish an emergency fund for NSU students in need. This new funding source is designed to assist students (undergraduate and graduate) during times of crisis in order for them to maintain their enrollment. It is designed to enable a student to meet a short-term financial hardship and is maintained by the Northeastern State University Foundation.

See the application and instructions here in PDF format.

light the way emergency fund for nsu students