University-Wide Academic Scholarships

University of Minnesota academic scholarships are highly competitive. Admitted freshmen are considered for these scholarships based on an overall assessment of the application for freshman admission. Priority scholarship consideration is given to admitted students who complete the admission applications by the December 15 priority application deadline. No separate application is needed, though demonstration of financial need is required for certain academic scholarships. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or be eligible for the Minnesota Dream Act. Please note: there are a limited number of scholarships that are available for international students.

Scholarship recipients are notified by the end of March of their senior year.

Scholarship decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each admitted student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the admission application, based on the primary and secondary factors listed below. Although the strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary factors, no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision.

Primary Factors

  • Coursework through high school graduation. (Scholarship recipients typically exceed the University's subject requirements. See subject requirements)
  • Grade point average
  • Class rank (if available)
  • ACT or SAT scores

Secondary Factors

Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual scholarship decisions.

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses)
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Family employment or attendance at the University of Minnesota
  • Extenuating circumstances
Award Amount Scholarship consideration is based on a holistic review of the primary and secondary factors listed above. Additional criteria are listed below by scholarship.
Maroon and Gold Leadership Award $12,000 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Top 1-3% of graduating class
Gold Scholar Award $10,000 each year for four years
  • Preference is given to National Merit Finalists
  • Recipients must list the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline
Cyrus Northrop Scholarship$5,000 each year for four years
  • Preference is given to National Merit Finalists
  • Recipients must list the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline
Presidential Scholarship $1,000 - $10,000 each year for four years  
Bentson Family Scholarship $24,000 over four years
  • Preference given to students of the Jewish faith
Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarship $6,500 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Interested in English/creative writing, fine arts, foreign language, math, science, or social studies
Ethel Curry American Indian Scholarship Amount varies, renewable up to four years
  • Must be at least one-fourth American Indian and present written documentation of tribal enrollment and blood quantum by May 1 of your senior year
  • For more information, call the Ethel Curry Scholarship Coordinator at 612-624-0564
Iron Range Scholarship $1,000-$3,000 each year for two or four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Top 10% of graduating class
Gopher State Scholarship $1,000 each year for two years
  • North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin resident
National Scholarship Gold National: Covers the full difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates each year for 4 years
National Excellence: Covers 50 percent of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates each year for 4 years
  • Resident of any state, excluding Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
  • Top 10% of graduating class
University of Minnesota Alumni Association Freshman Leadership Incentive Scholarship $2,000 or $3,000 for one year
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Preference given to first-generation college students
  • Financial need considered
National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship $1,000-$2,000 each year for four years
  • Eligible National Merit Finalists who list the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as their first-college choice by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline
  • Any amount awarded over $1,000 is based on financial need
Ruby Hackett and Weldon Jones Scholarship $5,000 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
University of Minnesota Study Abroad Freshman Scholarship $1,000 toward a University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center-sponsored study abroad program.
  • Demonstrate interest in studying abroad
3M/Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship $3,000 each year for four years
  • Preference given to residents of Minnesota (including MN Dream Act eligible students,) Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and other 3M operating locations
  • Must be enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, or Carlson School of Management
Calmenson Family San Diego Chapter Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of a high school in San Diego County or Riverside County, California
Sig Hagen Scholarship$500 for one year
  • New York resident
  • Preference given to male students
Nils & Pat Hasselmo Undergraduate ScholarshipAmount varies  
Kermit V. Haugan & Gladys Haugan Johnson ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Public high school graduate in Richfield, Minnesota, Two Harbors, Minnesota, North Branch, Minnesota or Horicon, Wisconsin
Irene Fraser Jackson ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to students interested in Library Sciences
John O. Kangas ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Moose Lake High School
Josephine L. Merriam ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to male students
Charles E. Merrill ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to descendants of maimed or wounded W.W.II veterans
Edgar Morrill ScholarshipAmount varies  
Carl & Eloise Pohlad ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Financial need considered
Gamma Omicron Beta ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to legacies of Gamma Omicron Beta Sorority
Kevin Herkenhoff Memorial ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Alumni Association Scholarship$2,000 for one year  
Schott Family ScholarshipAmount varies Graduate from the Chicago area of Illinois
Harold Soine Memorial ScholarshipAmount varies  
Richard Gary Stone ScholarshipAmount varies  
Richard Schulze ScholarshipAmount varies  
Dr. Robert Mossefin ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minnesota
Melvin Levin ScholarshipAmount varies  
North Texas UMAA Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Resident of North Texas
UMAA South Central Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
UMAA Dakota County Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
UMAA West Central Lakes Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
UMAA St. Croix Valley Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
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Need-Based Academic Scholarships

Demonstration of financial need is required for the following academic scholarships. To be considered for these awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1 of their senior year.

Dave Larson Scholarship Amount varies
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
Buuck Family Scholarship $5,000 each year for 4 years
  • Commitment to volunteerism
Olseth Family Scholarship $23,000 over four years
  • Academic performance & demonstrated leadership
Donovan O. Adamek Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of a public high school in Todd County, Minnesota
Harry F. Albert Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to residents of St. Paul, Minnesota
Bentson/Niblick Scholarship $2,500 each year for four years
  • Preference given to National Merit Finalists
Arthur Barlow Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of Sleepy Eye High School in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and potential, leadership, and community involvement
Anna Rose and Lawrence Biever Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to students who participated in 4-H
Doepke Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to American Indian students from Minnesota
Mary L. Edwards Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Preference given to students who plan to major in science or engineering
Martha Enbody Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of a Hennepin County high school in Minnesota
S.I. Marvin Scholarship Amount varies
  • Child or grandchild of current or retired employees of Hormel Foods Corporation or its subsidiaries
Mildred Hunter Evans Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to a resident of Lyon County, Minnesota
Leon & Ida Finkelstein Memorial Scholarship Amount varies
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Preference given to children of Jewish parents who have lost a parent due to divorce or death.
Morton S. Katz Scholarship $1,000 each year for four years  
Warren C. Locke Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jay & Rose Phillips Family Scholarship $2,000 each year for two years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Supports Presidential Scholarship recipients
Alvin B. and Bailie Sheehan Scholarship Amount varies
  • Resident of Hennepin County, Minnesota
St. Paul Central Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of St. Paul Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Preference given to students with strong math aptitude
Harriet Snow Sutton Memorial Scholarship $500 for one year  
Germain J. Vigeant Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to graduates from Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota
Harold C. Wieman Scholarship Amount varies for one year
  • Graduate of LeSueur-Henderson High School in Minnesota
Herbert E. Olson Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of Bemidji High School
Edelstein Scholarship $5,000 each year for four years
  • Must be enrolled in College of Liberal Arts
Annexstad Family Foundation Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship $25,000 over four years
  • Preference given to Minnesota residents
Coca-Cola Scholarship $5,000 for one year  
Bay Area UMAA Scholarship Amount varies
  • California resident
  • Preference given to students from the eleven-county Bay Area
Vulcan Community Charities Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of a high school located in St. Paul, MN
  • Commitment to community service
Power of One Scholarship $5,000 for one year
  • Exceptional leadership
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International Scholarships

The University of Minnesota offers a limited number of Global Excellence Scholarships for incoming international freshmen students studying on an F-1 visa. These competitive scholarships cover the full difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates and 50 percent of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. No separate scholarship application is required. Students are considered for these awards based on an overall assessment of the admission application

Gold Global Excellence Scholarship Covers the full difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates each year for 4 years
  • Top 5-10% of graduating class
  • Students must be studying on an F-1 visa.
Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship Covers 50 percent of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates each year for 4 years
  • Top 15-20% of graduating class
  • Students must be studying on an F-1 visa.
Undergraduate Research ScholarshipUp to $1,700
  • Interest in undergraduate research, scholarly or creative experience

This information is subject to change without notice.

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