Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Merit-based scholarships awarded by the University of Minnesota are highly competitive. We encourage students to pursue community and organizational scholarship opportunities in addition to our University-sponsored scholarships. Many companies and organizations sponsor scholarships to support students and defray the costs of a college education. We have compiled this list of additional opportunities to pursue scholarship support. The list provides a sampling of scholarship awards provided by organizations outside the U of M. Please note that the University of Minnesota is not affiliated with these scholarship sources.

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Scholarship Opportunities and Resources

College Board Opportunity Scholarships (Amounts Vary)

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships reward students for taking key steps in the college admission process. Students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories are eligible; there is no citizenship requirement. This program is open to students regardless of family income.

Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. Students who complete all six steps of the program are eligible to earn a $40,000 scholarship. Get more information and details on how to sign up for the program. This program began in December 2018.

Wallin Education Partners Scholarship (Amounts Vary)

High school students from 38 Twin Cities-area high schools are eligible to be considered for a Wallin Education Partners Scholarship. Selection decisions are based on academic achievement, community and family involvement and higher education potential as determined by success in academic coursework, letters of recommendation and demonstrated financial need. Recipients are selected by the Wallin Education Partners application review committee.

Wallin Education Partners administers named scholarships for a number of individual, foundation and corporate donor partners. In addition to financial support, Wallin Education Partners assigns a professional advisor to each selected scholar to ensure college success, provides college to career programming, and facilitates donor partner connections.

For more information, please contact Wallin Education Partners at [email protected] or 952-345-1920.

Additional Resources

The University of Minnesota does not administer or manage the following scholarship information, but we share these links for students to explore and learn more.

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian Students

See the Scholarships & Grants section on the community page for American Indian, Native, and Indigenous students.


We especially encourage you to seek out scholarships that may be available in your home community. Civic groups, churches, businesses, and other non-University of Minnesota agencies offer many scholarships to students beginning college. Listings of these scholarships are available in the reference sections of your high school or public library.

You can use a free national scholarship database search service called Fast Web. You can also search the University's One Stop Grant and Scholarship Resources website for other grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.

This list above provides a sampling for scholarships awards provided by organizations outside the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. For the most up-to-date information on these scholarships, their deadlines and requirements, please contact them directly.