Freshman Academic Scholarships With Separate Application

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships

For a complete list of College of Liberal Arts scholarships for incoming freshman, visit the CLA freshman scholarship website. Please note that scholarships offered by the College of Liberal Arts require a separate application, which will be available in the fall. College of Liberal Arts scholarships are awarded to admitted freshmen on the basis of both academic merit and financial need.

ROTC scholarships

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships provide up to four years of eligibility and may include graduate school programs. ROTC scholarships provide financial assistance paying tuition costs, other instructional fees, and textbook expenses for students enrolled in Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC. Additionally, scholarship students receive $300-$500 per month during the school year.

ROTC scholarships are competitive, and awardees are selected at either the national or local level. The scholarship programs and associated benefits vary by each branch of service. For more information about ROTC programs and scholarships, contact:

Army ROTC: 612/626-1584

Navy/Marine ROTC: 612/625-6677

Air Force ROTC: 612/624-2884

BeGreek Scholarships

Each year the individual social fraternities and the University of Minnesota Interfraternity Council (IFC) offer scholarships to incoming freshmen men. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and other criteria. Many fraternities offering scholarships require an interview in addition to a separate application. Though affiliating with a fraternity is not a requirement to receive a scholarship, the application process is a great way to meet current U of M students and to get a glimpse of fraternity and sorority life. To request an application call 612-625-8405 or visit the fraternity and sorority community's Web site at BeGreek.org. Applications can be found by clicking on the Resources tab.

Puckett Scholars Program

The Puckett Scholars Program was created in 1994 by Kirby and Tonya Puckett to provide scholarships for incoming first-year students from Minnesota. Any high school senior from the state of Minnesota who plans to pursue a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is eligible to apply for the Puckett Scholars Program. Preference is given to students of color who demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership and/or community involvement, financial need, and who have excellent potential to succeed at the college level.

The scholarship award is $4,000 for the first year, renewable annually for up to four years. In order to maintain funding, Puckett Scholars must be registered full-time at the University of Minnesota. In addition, merit awards of $1,000 - $2,000 are given annually to scholars who maintain outstanding grade point averages. To encourage academic progress, each scholar is assigned a faculty mentor for general guidance and support through the President's Distinguished Faculty Mentor Program.

For more information about the Puckett Scholars Program and application instructions, please visit our Puckett Scholars page, or contact Ralph Blanco in the Office for Equity and Diversity at 612-625-8680 or rblanco@umn.edu.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. The SMSC scholarship program is administered by the University's Office for Equity and Diversity.

The SMSC scholarship program supports incoming University of Minnesota first-year and transfer students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly-admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until graduation (whichever comes first) for undergraduates, contingent upon academic performance. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon academic performance, the school of enrollment, and degree program, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please visit http://diversity.umn.edu/smsc or contact Ralph Blanco in the Office for Equity and Diversity at 612-625-8680 or rblanco@umn.edu.

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