Scholarships and Prizes

Visit the MSU scholarship search to view the many scholarships, awards, and prizes within the College of Arts & Letters for which you may be eligible!  A few of these are highlighted below.

All scholarships for study abroad, study away, internships, service learning, and undergraduate research are listed on the College of Arts & Letters Excel Network scholarships page

Please contact questions regarding scholarships and awards listed below to Pete Havlatka (havlatk1@msu.edu).



Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts

Scholarship announcements are mailed to departments that teach creative and performing arts within the College of Arts & Letters and to the dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Students must be nominated by faculty in those units and nomination must also include a letter of endorsement from the chair or director of the unit. The amount of the award depends on available funds. The Sudler Prize is a cash award. College application deadline is Friday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Go to the application.


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 Arts and 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. Application deadline is Friday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Go to the application.


The Marian Lee Aylesworth Award in Arts and Letters

Applicants must be a primary major in Art 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. Application deadline is Friday, March 3, at  5:00 p.m. Go to the application.


The Nora Sager Stackhouse Endowed Scholarship in Arts and Letters

Applicants must be a primary major in Arts and 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. Application deadline is Friday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Go to the application.


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. Applications must be completed by February 17th. CAL will then send all applications to the appropriate department chairperson for endorsement. Only those applications endorsed by department chairs will be considered. Go to the application.


Alumni Endowed Student Book Scholarship and Robert L. Fiore Student Book Scholarship in Arts and Letters

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 Arts and Letters courses. Applications are due February 25 to the CAL Alumni Relations Office. Click here for more information, including the criteria and application.

 

CAL Community Partner Award (Student Award Nomination)

The College of Arts & Letters Community Partner Award (Student) recognizes a CAL student’s community contributions at the local, state, national and or global/world levels.  It recognizes participation and/or leadership and significant involvement as is reflected in one or more community engagement activities.  The community engagement activity may be in association with CAL or outside the CAL community.  This award is linked to the spirit of Bolder by Design to “enrich community, economic and family life”.  This award is available to students of all levels.  There is no minimum GPA requirement. A letter of nomination should be submitted from one of the following individuals who have insight into and can speak to the student’s contributions in the area of community of engagement: faculty member, advisor, service learning mentor, or community partner. Applications are due February 25 to CAL Alumni Relations Office. Click here for more information including application and criteria.

 

American Catholic Thought and Culture Award

This $1,000 award, made possible by the American Catholic Thought and Culture Endowment, is given at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Scholarly papers of 3-5,000 words analyzing some aspect of American Catholic thought and culture in itself or in relation to any discipline are due February 28, 2016. Sample topics include bioethics, social justice, electoral politics, education, race, literature, human sexuality, music, and interfaith relations. Successful papers will clearly explain the significance of the topic, be well structured, employ both primary and secondary sources when appropriate, address the complexity of the issue, respond to opposing interpretations, and relate the topic to its broader societal context. An application will be posted here by January 2017. Learn more.  Find the application here.