STARS Scholarships

STARS Scholarships award up to $46,000 USD to students pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at Murray State University. These scholarships provide a variety of academic, athletic, and service-based scholarship award opportunities to both domestic and international students. There are many different types of scholarships available. 

Click here to view a complete list of STARS scholarships. Please read through the list to find scholarships that you would like to apply for. 

International Leadership Scholarships

International Leadership Scholarships are merit-based and are available for outstanding international students who demonstrate leadership abilities through community service experience, volunteering and extracurricular activities. Scholarships are awarded for four years of undergraduate study or two years of graduate study. For more details, please click here.

    > Undergraduate: valued at approximately $7,500 per year - Estimated Tuition with Scholarship: $7,392
    > Graduate: valued at approximately $9,300 per year - Estimated Tuition with Scholarship: $8,424

1. Write a 400-500 word essay describing your extracurricular activities and how you plan to use your time at Murray State University to increase intercultural understanding, both of yourself and those around you.

2. Obtain two letters of recommendation from professors, teachers, or community organizers.

3. Click here to submit the application and attach your essay and letters of recommendation.

4. Applications will be accepted until September 15th for students starting in January and until March 15th for students starting in August. Decisions will be emailed to applicants before September 30th and March 31st. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarships

Murray State University will award a scholarship of $1,000 per year for all international students holding the IB Diploma. Newly admitted students will receive the scholarship upon submission of the official IB transcript showing that the student has been awarded the diploma with at least 24 points.

Exam

Minimum

Credit Hours

Course Title

Biology HL

4

3

BIO 101

Biology HL

5

3

BIO 115

English A1 SL

4

3

ENG 201

English A1 HL

4

3

ENG 201

French A1 HL

5

6

FRE 300 Elective

French A1 SL

5

3

FRE 300 Elective

French A2 HL

5

3

FRE 300 Elective

French A2 SL

5

3

FRE 201

French AB INITIO SL

5

6

FRE 101 & 102

French B HL

5

6

FRE 201 & 202

French A1 SL

5

3

FRE 201

German A1 HL

5

6

GER 301 Elective

German A1 SL

5

3

GER 301 Elective

German B HL

5

6

GER 201 & 202

German B SL

5

3

GER 201

Psychology HL

4

3

PSY 180

Spanish A1 HL

5

6

SPA 300 Elective

Spanish A1 SL

5

3

SPA 300 Elective

Spanish AB INITIO SL

5

6

SPA 101 & 102

Spanish B HL

5

6

SPA 201 & 202

Spanish B SL

5

3

SPA 201


Scholarships for ESL Students

International ESL Scholarships are available to undergraduate or graduate international students who have taken at least one term of English courses in the English as a Second Language program at Murray State prior to their degree program study. 

    > Undergraduate: total of $4,000 ($500/semester for 8 semesters)
    > Graduate: total of $2,000 ($500/semester for 4 semesters)

Scholarship for Citizens of Belize

Citizens of Belize who have been studying at a high school or junior college in Belize are eligible for the COBEC scholarship at Murray State University. This scholarship is awarded to students automatically without a separate scholarship application. It gives eligible students in-state tuition rates:

    > Undergraduate: valued at approximately $7,500 per year - Estimated Tuition with Scholarship: $7,392
    > Graduate: valued at approximately $9,300 per year - Estimated Tuition with Scholarship: $8,424



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