Scholarship FAQs

Absolutely not! We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so that we can begin to communicate with you about opportunities for you here at SVSU, including scholarships. SVSU academic scholarships are guaranteed with no SAT or ACT test required. Students will be awarded the top academic scholarship you qualify for based on your cumulative high school GPA.


SVSU will begin awarding academic scholarships to all admitted students of the incoming freshman class of 2021 in October of 2020.  You will receive a mailed notification of the academic scholarship you have been awarded.


SVSU will automatically use your cumulative high school GPA to determine your eligibility.  You do not need to submit a separate application for any of our academic scholarships. The President's Scholarship is the only competitive academic award for students.


No. When you accept a scholarship on your financial aid award letter or attend the President's Scholarship Competition, it is merely an indication to SVSU that you are still considering attending. On the other hand, it does commit the University to hold your scholarship for you. When you are ready to commit to SVSU, you will put down your deposits for orientation and housing (housing is optional for all students). While you can sign up for orientation as of December 1st, the University does not require a commitment until March 1st for scholarship recipients.  Students may also elect to defer until May 1st, by request, if you are still unsure of your decision at that time. 


You should absolutely submit new info that can improve your changes of receiving a higher scholarship. Most scholarships are based solely on your GPA (with the exception of the Academic Excellence Award, which is based on an SAT/ACT score). SVSU will accept improved scores and GPAs all the way through your final semester of high school.


Students may combine their academic scholarship with the Valley Housing Scholarship and/or the Academic Excellence Award.

Visit the Scholarship page for more information.


It is a weighted formula consisting of high school GPA, timed essay, and an assessment of non-cognitive traits like leadership, community service, and goal-orientation. Students who meet the minimum qualifications as of December 1st, 2020 are automatically invited to compete in one of our President's Scholarship Competitions. Students must reserve a space at one of our programs to be considered for the President's Scholarship. Students will write and submit their essays online through an SVSU portal. The essays will be reviewed by SVSU English faculty.

Students who do not initially receive the President's Scholarship will be placed into a waitlist. We know that many students and families are unclear about what being on a waitlist means, and the questions below will explain more about the waitlist process.


The President's Scholarship covers tuition and selective mandatory fees up to 124 credit hours toward your first degree.


Students who qualified for the President's Scholarship were mailed an invitation with instructions to reserve their space at one of the competition dates.  If you no longer have that invitation, please call the Office of Admissions at (989) 964-4200.


First, congratulations are in order! Because of your 3.9+ cumulative high school GPA, you are eligible to compete for the scholarship. The President's Scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees up to 124 credit hours toward your first degree. In other words, your first bachelor’s degree is on us!


Each year, 30 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. This year, we will use a combination of cumulative high school GPA, an assessment of non-cognitive measures like leadership, community service, and goal-orientation as well as a timed essay to determine the recipients.


As soon as possible: Complete the President’s Scholarship Questionnaire (PSQ) that will assess non-cognitive traits like leadership, community service, and goal-orientation. This should take 15-45 minutes and you should be prepared to complete the assessment in one session. Once you have begun the PSQ, you cannot save your progress and must complete the entire assessment. If you encounter technical difficulties during the assessment, you may contact our Office of Admissions to have your PSQ reset. We will select 200 finalists for the President’s Scholarship based on a combination of your PSQ rating and your cumulative high school GPA

December 21-January 22: These 200 finalists will be asked to complete a timed President’s Scholarship Essay (PSE) through an online SVSU portal.

January 22- February 19: A committee comprised of SVSU faculty will review the President’s Scholarship Essays and assign a score to each. These scores will be combined with the PSQ and your cumulative high school GPA to award 30 President’s Scholarships. Recipients will be notified by mail.


Yes! SVSU has nearly $2M in private scholarships available for new freshmen to reward things like academic excellence, leadership and extracurricular involvement. You can apply for all of the scholarships that you qualify for at svsu.edu/scholarships.

Our top private scholarship is the Thompson Scholarship which is $5000 per year toward your first SVSU degree. President’s Scholarship competitors meet all of the academic requirements for the scholarship and are highly encouraged to apply at svsu.edu/thompson.


Students who do not initially receive the President's Scholarship retain their Dean’s or Founder’s Scholarship and are also placed into a waitlist for the President’s Scholarship. We know that many students and families are unclear about what being on the waitlist will look like. The questions below will explain more about that process.


If a President's Scholarship becomes available after the initial awarding, the scholarship committee will review the files of all applicants remaining on the waitlist and immediately send a new award letter to the next best candidate based on their President’s Scholarship Score (PSQ+PSC+GPA).


If a President's Scholarship becomes available after the initial awarding, the scholarship committee will review the files of all applicants remaining on the waitlist and immediately send a new award letter to the next best candidate based on their President’s Scholarship Score (PSQ+PSC+GPA).


In recent years, as few as one and as many as five students have gotten upgraded awards. However, we cannot predict the exact number for this year.


Initial awards for the President's Scholarship will be offered in late February 2021. All other candidates will be notified that they have been put into a waitlist. It is difficult to predict the timing of any upgrades for students on the waitlist; however, most final offers are determined by the end of May.


We would love to talk to you and your family one-on-one about your questions and any other scholarship opportunities. The best way to do this is to arrange an Admissions Virtual Appointment with an admission representative. If you haven’t visited campus or seen our #1 nationally ranked housing, you may also schedule an on-campus tour personal tour here.


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Office of Admissions
178 Wickes Hall, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710
admissions@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4200