Scholarships are a great resource to help reduce your reliance on student loans. Grand Valley has a wide variety of scholarships available to new and returning students. To begin your scholarship search select one of the options listed below or contact the Financial Aid Office at, (616) 331-3234, or toll-free at (800) 748-0246.

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Merit Scholarships

There is a wide variety of merit-based awards for incoming freshman and first time Grand Valley students. Most require high academic achievement and are automatically awarded to applicants based on information provided in the student's admission application. To be considered for these scholarships, the Admissions Office must receive your completed application and all supporting documents by December 31 for fall admission.To view scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer scholarships click here.


Grand Valley offers 300+ endowed and department scholarships. The majority of scholarship deadlines fall between February 15 and March 1. These scholarships vary and may be based on interests, academic performance, special talents or major. Many of these scholarships are made possible through generous donations. To apply for theses scholarships click here.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are scholarships provided by agencies, foundations, or other providers not affiliated with Grand Valley State University. Fellowships are also listed, which are funding opportunities for bright and talented students to pursue study, research, public or foreign service, at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the U.S. and abroad. To search opportunities click here.

If you are receiving any Outside Scholarships, please review the Outside Scholarships Policy

Scholarship Tips

Know your deadlines.

For Grand Valley scholarships there are several important deadlines to remember.

  • Incoming freshman students must apply for admission before December 31 and transfer students must apply by March 1 in order to be considered for incoming merit scholarships.
  • For all other Grand Valley scholarships the application period opens October 1 with a February 15 deadline for new students and March 1 deadline for current students. Review and apply for scholarships by logging into myScholarships. To view a comprehensive list of all GVSU scholarships without logging in please click here

Do your research.

It is best to start your scholarship search the year before you need the scholarships. For incoming students, high school guidance offices are good sources of scholarship information. You may also wish to check with local organizations, businesses, churches and your parents' employers. Remember, you should never have to pay for financial aid or scholarship searches.

Start early & stay organized.

To be considered for as many scholarships as possible, start your search at least one year in advance. The majority of scholarship deadlines will be between December and March for the upcoming year. Make a file of the scholarships and their deadlines so you apply on time. Make a copy of the application and any attachments. Also make sure to find a contact number or name to follow up with the scholarship donor.

Be patient.

Sometimes it will be months before you know you have been chosen to receive a scholarship. If you are awarded a Grand Valley scholarship you will be notified by mail. Awards are typically made in late spring prior to the upcoming academic year.

Always Write a Thank You Letter.

Scholarship donors are generous people who give to support the educational endeavors of students like you. Receiving a well written thank you letter from a student is always special and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated.  We encourage you to take the time to express your gratitude and remind them why students appreciate their gifts!

How to Write a Thank You Letter

Sample Thank You Letters