Each year the College of Business Scholarship Committee awards a number of scholarships to graduate business majors. Awards are made on an academic-year basis and cover the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for an award, you must be a degree-seeking student in a master’s-level program in the College of Business and enrolled in no fewer than six credit hours.*
Applicants are considered for all awards based on a nomination by the director of the degree program for which they are applying. Scholarship awards are for the academic year and are distributed in two equal installments, one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester. If you are interested in being nominated for a graduate scholarship, please contact the director for the degree program to which you have applied:
- Master of Accounting (MAcc) – Holly Sudano
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Dr. William Christiansen
- Master of Science in Finance (MSF) – Gary Smith
- Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) – Dr. Ashley Bush
- Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI) – Dr. Cassandra Cole
In addition to graduate scholarships offered by the College of Business, the FSU Graduate School has an online fellowship application system for the many awards it offers at the university level. For more information, please visit the graduate school’s website.
*Please note that some awards require full-time enrollment.
Graduate Scholarships by Department
There are a number of scholarships awarded by each of the college’s departments: Department of Accounting, Department of Finance, Department of Management, Department of Marketing and the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies. These awards are typically restricted to majors within each department. For additional information or questions about the scholarships below, please contact the appropriate department.
Department of Accounting
The Department of Accounting awards a number of fellowships to applicants with strong academic credentials. No duties are associated with these fellowships other than the requirement to remain a full-time student in good standing in the Master in Accounting (MAcc) program. The funding for these awards is provided by contributions from professional accounting firms, corporations, alumni and friends of the Department of Accounting. Currently, fellowships are $1,500 per year, payable in equal installments over three terms.
External Accounting Scholarships
Department of Accounting Assistantships
A number of graduate assistantships are available through the department. These assistantships are a combination of cash payments and tuition waivers and require the student to work 10 hours per week as a graduate, research or teaching assistant. Assignments are made as research assistants or teaching assistants according to the current needs of the Department of Accounting.
For further descriptions of these scholarships, click here for the scholarship criteria. Additional information and applications are available in the Department of Accounting Office (RBA 309).
Nancy Casper Hillis and Mark Hillis Endowed Fund for Finance
- Amount: $500 per semester. Available fall and spring semesters during the academic year. May be awarded for one or both semesters. One scholarship is awarded per year.
- Criteria: This endowment provides scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business. Recipients shall be finance majors and have demonstrated financial need as well as have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Once a qualified applicant meeting the donor's stated eligibility criteria is identified, that student shall have priority for future scholarship awards.
To find out more about this scholarship, please contact the department. In addition to the above scholarship, the Department of Finance awards a number of Collegewide Graduate Scholarships for MSF Students. Please contact the director of your program (listed above) to learn more about the department's nomination process for Collegewide Graduate Scholarships.
O. C. Ferrell Marketing Excellence Scholarship
(two awards at $500)
This scholarship is named in recognition of Dr. O. C. Ferrell, a world renowned scholar and Florida State alumnus. This award is for doctoral students only and the criterion is the willingness to go above and beyond normal duties to assist the department and its members.
Internal Real Estate Scholarships
The department scholarships in real estate, listed below, are announced and applications requested each spring for the following academic year. These scholarships are typically awarded at the beginning of the fall semester, and the recipients announced in the fall at the Real Estate Trends Conference and the College of Business awards banquet. For more information, contact Kelsey Evans in the FSU Real Estate Center.
Crossman & Company Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2006, this fund provides support for deserving undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business with first preference given to those majoring in real estate. Selection criteria include academic merit, service activities and financial need.
The Lindquist Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship in Real Estate
Mark Hillis and Nan Casper Hillis Endowed Fund for Real Estate
First awarded in 2008, this endowment provides scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business. Recipients shall be real estate majors and have demonstrated financial need as well as have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Once a qualified applicant meeting the donor's stated eligibility criteria is identified, that student shall have priority for future scholarship awards.
Peter and Jennifer Collins Real Estate Graduate Fellowship
External Real Estate Scholarships
- Appraisal Institute Education Trust Scholarship
- Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) Education and Research Scholarship
- George M. Brooker Collegiate Scholarship for Minorities ("Brooker Scholarship")
- Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Scholarship Program
- Pension Real Estate Association (PREA)/Robert A. Toigo Foundation Scholarship
- FAIA Good Works Fund
- Hilton-Oliver Scholarship
- Hold Scholarship (separate application)
- Kristen Waters Hood/Cynthia Waters Fletcher Scholarship in Risk Management and Insurance
- Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. Endowment Fund
For short descriptions of the above internal scholarships, click here for the scholarship criteria. By completing the departmental scholarship application, you will be considered for all scholarships that are listed above for which you meet the eligibility requirements. Scholarship recipients are determined by the RMI faculty unless otherwise noted.
Please deliver your application and resume to the department office (Room 313) by noon on March 18 to be considered for a fall scholarship. Scholarships will be presented at the Gamma Iota Sigma/RMI Program Banquet at the end of the semester.
External Risk Management/Insurance Scholarships
- Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals
- The Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation Scholarship
For short descriptions of the above external scholarships, click here for the scholarship criteria. The above scholarships are awarded by organizations outside the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies. Deadlines and application procedures are unique to each scholarship. Applications may be obtained directly from the sponsoring organization through the website links provided.
Scholarships & Fellowship Programs
National and International Scholarships & Fellowships (Honors Program)
For information regarding these awards, see the University Honors Program website.
State Farm Doctoral Dissertation Award
Scholarships of $10,000 each are awarded to doctoral candidates majoring in a business-related field. Additional information and specific criteria are available on the organization's website. The application deadline is in March.