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Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship

The Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship is designed for nontraditional domestic* students (U.S. Citizens) who have had to interrupt their degree studies for a significant amount of time and can demonstrate financial need. Individual scholarships cover a portion of tuition (undergraduate or graduate) for up to three semesters at MSU and its regional centers. Specifically, scholarships cover up to five credits for the first two awards and up to 12 credits for the third award.  Additionally, each awardee also receives a $500.00 book/educational support allowance.

Applying for a Grant

A limited number of scholarships has been available each year since the program began in 1974. 


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*Students must be in a "degree granting program".  Professional program students (medical and law students, etc.) are not eligible to receive an award.

Mildred B. Erickson (MBE) Fellowship:

"In Support of Lifelong Education for Adults"

 "After my husband died leaving me with two young children, I knew that completing my education was critical to our future. Yet our resources were limited. The scholarship provided me needed financial assistance; and I found an even greater benefit in the morale boost given by the scholarship board's belief in me."
—Susan Zimmerman

"A mini-midlife crisis caused me to abandon my career in business administration and return to MSU full-time in pursuit of a degree in horticulture. As a single woman, this was a very risky move to make. However, the generous financial support this older adult student received from the Mildred B. Erickson Fellowship proved the risk more than worth it! Now, working in the field of my dreams, I can encourage others to take a risk and pursue their dreams, through my donation to the Fellowship."
—Mary McLellan