Students United

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Students United
Type Statewide student association
Established 1967
Students ~50,000
Address 23 Empire Drive, Suite 100 Saint Paul, MN 55103, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

Students United, formerly called the Minnesota State University Student Association or MSUSA, is a non-profit organization funded and operated by students. The Association serves nearly 50,000 students attending Minnesota's seven state universities: Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University and Winona State University.

The Association is recognized by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees[1] as the respective representative of state university students in Minnesota, and works on a variety of issues at the different levels of government.


Board of Directors[edit]

The Association is governed by a board of directors composed of the democratically elected student body presidents at each of the seven state universities and three non-voting statewide officers. These board members set policy and administer how funds are spent by it.


The State Chair is elected by the Board of Directors each spring during the Delegate Assembly. The State Chair is the chief spokesperson for the Association. He or she is responsible for the coordination of its programs and chairs all Board of Directors meetings as a non-voting member. The State Chair represents the Association at the Student Advisory Council (SAC) of the Office of Higher Education (OHE) and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees meetings. The State Chair also appoints state university students to system level committees and task forces.

The Vice Chair performs the duties of the State Chair in his or her absence or at the State Chair's request. The Vice Chair serves as the chair of the Delegate Assembly and the Penny Fellowship Board. Additionally, the Vice Chair supervises the Campus Representatives.

The Treasurer oversees the finances of the organization and works with the staff and the Association accountant to produce monthly statements and an annual audit.

The Vice Chair and Treasurer are elected each year by the Delegate Assembly at its spring meeting. Officers' terms are for one year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Delegate Assembly[edit]

The Delegate Assembly consists of 40 representatives selected by the seven state university student governing bodies. The size of each university's delegation is predetermined according to the size of the school. Delegate Assembly is responsible for adopting the Students United Policy Platform and Mission Statement, setting the budget for the coming fiscal year, offering proposed changes to the Bylaws, and electing the Vice Chair and Treasurer.

Scholarship programs[edit]

In addition to the student advocacy work, it also runs two scholarship programs to assist student leaders in achieving and paying for their education.

Penny Program[edit]

The Penny Program consists of two scholarship opportunities for MnSCU students. The first is the Timothy J. Penny State & Federal Public Service Fellowship, awarded to students participating in state and local government internships. The second program is the Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship which recognizes MnSCU students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, and to promote their growth as a community leader.

Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship[edit]

The Jared P. Stene Student Leadership Scholarship was created to honor the accomplishments of a former board member. The scholarship provides financial support to students who share Jared's leadership and passion for student advocacy.