Each year, the SMSU Foundation contributes about $3 million to Southwest Minnesota State University, with $800,000 going directly to student scholarships. Through the gifts of generous supporters, the SMSU Foundation and University awards 1,900 scholarships annually.

The SMSU Foundation has been part of a two-year campaign across the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) system to raise awareness of the work we do in support of our students and schools. The “Access to Excellence” campaign set a goal to collectively raise $20 million in scholarship support across the entire MnSCU system through our respective foundations.

Together the system-wide foundations within MnSCU raised $39.5 million in new scholarship money. This allowed our schools to award over 28,000 scholarships to students across the state. SMSU contributed nearly $1 million for this campaign.

  • Scholarship Support – Establishing a scholarship to support students at SMSU is one of the most fruitful investments you can make.
  • Scholarship Listing – A full listing of all scholarships offered through the SMSU Foundation.
  • LeAnn C. Tolk Scholarship – Awarded annually, this signature scholarship supports students from rural communities and gives them an opportunity to receive a college education.
  • Scholarship Recognition Luncheon - Recognizing student scholarship recipients and the donors who make scholarships possible.