MSU Scholarships

Privacy Statement

This online privacy statement is intended to inform you of the ways in which this MSU Scholarships website (using the AcademicWorks application) collects information, the uses to which that information will be put, and the ways in which we protect information you choose to provide us. This site also acts as the login to AcademicWorks application. Please note that other Michigan State University websites may adopt different privacy practices as their specific needs require. Use of this site is subject to all applicable state and federal laws, as well as general university policies.

The AcademicWorks online privacy statement covers the use and disclosure of personal information that may be collected anytime a user interacts with AcademicWorks. Pleaser refer to the AcademicWorks Privacy Policy for additional details.

Information Collected

This MSU Scholarships site collects two general types of information: (a) information you voluntarily provide through the site, which may include personal information (such as your experience information, essay response, etc.), and (b) information MSU has provided for opportunity qualification purposes (such as major, GPA, student ID/PID, etc.).

AcademicWorks does not sell or make available any information about customers or their data without their expressed permission per contractual agreement except as might be required by a law enforcement agency in regards to copyright/patent violations or unlawful acts. AcademicWorks maintains a database of user information, which is used only for internal purposes such as technical support.

Information Voluntarily Provided by You

This site will only collect personal information that you knowingly and voluntarily provide by, for example application submissions, completing forms, sending emails, etc. It is this site's general practice to use personal information only for the purposes for which it was requested and any additional uses specifically stated on the site.

However, information collected through this site may be subject to the Michigan State University's obligation to respond to subpoenas, court orders, discovery requests, and requests for public records under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. Further, the disclosure of information collected through this site is subject to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). MSU may also access or permit access to information collected through this site in accordance with and subject to the limitations of the university's Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources.

AcademicWorks FERPA Compliance includes additional information about its commitment to FERPA.

Information We Collect Automatically

This site and the AcademicWorks system collect information automatically through the use of cookies, third party tracking technologies, and server logs. This information does not include any personal information. MSU and the AcademicWorks vendor use this information primarily to monitor the use of this site and to make improvements. We may share this data with partners in order to enhance the functionality of the website and system.


Cookies are small text files used to collect information about website activity. No personal information is collected through our use of cookies. This site uses cookies for two main purposes: (a) to carry information about your current session at this site from one web page to the next, which also allows you to automatically login to other Michigan State University websites using the single sign-on; and (b) to identify you on this site on return visits.

You have the option of disabling or not accepting cookies by changing the preferences on your web browser. However, you will not be able to use any parts of this site or system that require a login.

AcademicWorks only uses cookies in the system for the single sign-on process.

Third Party Tracking Technology

This site ( uses a tracking technology called Google Analytics to obtain site usage information such as users' Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet domain and host names, browser software, and the date and time the site is visited. Data obtained through Google Analytics does not include and is not linked to any personal information. Data from Google Analytics allows us to monitor the use of this site, understand how users find the site, and improve the site's function and content.

Site usage data collected through Google Analytics is not shared with other Google products and tools. Our use of Google Analytics is in compliance with Google's Terms of Service and the MSU Access to Student Information Guidelines. Google provides more information about Google's privacy practices and information on how to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking of your web browsing. You may also wish to review the MSU Access to Student Information Guidelines.

Server Logs

MSU web servers routinely generate logs that contain the following types of information each time the site/system is used:

  • The date, time, and length of your visit.
  • The path taken through our site and the browser used.
  • The list of files downloaded and the amount of time spent viewing video or audio files.
  • The IP address of the computer accessing our site.
  • Any errors encountered.

This information is used primarily to monitor the functioning and integrity of the site and system.

AcademicWorks Service Users

AcademicWorks Service users (those who log into with their MSU NetID and password) transmit all data through the AcademicWorks load balancer and all data is encrypted over TLS/SSL.

Personal Information Protections

AcademicWorks has the following security statement: “AcademicWorks considers the security of our application and customers’ data to be our top priority. We have implemented numerous safeguards to ensure the security and continuity of the AcademicWorks platform. All traffic between the AcademicWorks application and client systems is encrypted over TLS/SSL, and the only publicly reachable server is our load balancer.”


This Site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we do not control or claim any responsibility for the privacy practices or content of such other sites. We encourage users to read the privacy statements of each website they visit.

Changes to Privacy Statement

If we make changes to our privacy statement, we will indicate this within the Privacy Statement.


Neither Michigan State University, nor any of its units, programs, employees, agents, or individual trustees, shall be liable for any improper or incorrect use of information obtained through the use of this site.


By using this site you consent to the terms of this privacy statement.