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. Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission by either the Early Action (November 1) or Regular (January 1) application deadlines. 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. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary factors, and 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. Enrolling a diverse student body is essential to achieving the development outcomes of a University of Minnesota education. Our university community is strengthened by our students representing different races, economic backgrounds, geographic origins, genders, religions, ethnicities, sexualities, talents, and beliefs.

Our holistic review also takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each student unique. We consider the following secondary factors in our review.

  • 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
  • Personal or extenuating circumstances
  • Information received in open-ended questions
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 Amount varies, up to $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
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 Scholarship Amount varies, renewable up to four years
  • Must present written documentation of tribal enrollment 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 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 $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 each year for four years
  • Resident of any state, excluding Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
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
Calmenson Family San Diego Chapter Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of a high school in San Diego County or Riverside County, California
Robert & Gail Buuck Scholarship $3,500 each year for four years
  • Provides support for students with physical disabilities. Physical disability is defined as a mobility, hearing, vision, or systemic disability that substantially limits at least one major life activity.
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 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  
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 Dakota County Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
UMAA West Central Lakes Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
UMAA St. Croix Valley Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies  
TLD ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Support students who have lost a parent to cancer.
University Honors Program Scholarship $2,000 each year for four years
Undergraduate Research Scholarship $1,700 for one year
  • Interest in research
Harriet B. & Ester Snyder Merrill Scholarship Amount varies
Dawn Christine Hanna Memorial Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of Owatonna High School
Accenture Scholarship Amount varies
  • Interest in business or technology
Judith and Patrick Henry Scholarship Amount varies
Oelkers Scholarship Amount varies
  • First generation college student, graduates from a MN high school located in school district 279
  • Preference for students enrolled in CLA
S.I. Marvin Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference for children or grandchildren of current or retired employees of Marvin Windows and Doors or its subsidiaries
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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 $21,500 over four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
Buuck Family Scholarship $5,000 each year for four years
  • Commitment to volunteerism
Olseth Family Scholarship $23,000 over four years
  • Academic performance & demonstrated leadership
Leslie Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduate of Minnesota high schools in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Preference given to first generation students
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
Laura and Arthur Brecher Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to students who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in the federally recognized tribe the Oglala Sioux Tribe/Oglala Lakota Nation
  • Preference given to students studying in the areas of nursing, health, pre-med, or other health related fields.
Doepke Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to tribally enrolled 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
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
Bud and Norma Crewdson Scholarship Amount varies  
Yetka Family Scholarship Amount varies  
Barbara and Robert de la Vega Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to students majoring in the fields of math, engineering, and science.
Nicollet Chapter if AA Scholarship Amount varies
  • Provide support to students who have directly been by alcoholism in their personal or family life.
UMAA Washington, D.C. Chapter Scholarship Amount varies
  • Reside in Washington, D.C. the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the State of Maryland
Larry and Mary Laukka Scholarship Amount varies
Wen Ping Pan Scholarship Amount varies
  • Chinese-American descent or non-immigrant Chinese students
  • Preference given to students who have attended Tsing Hua University in Beijing, China
Bill & Carol Riley Scholarship Amount varies
Norbert and Eve Johnson Scholarship Amount varies
Roger Young Opportunity Scholarship Amount varies
Pass Family Scholarship Amount varies
Immigrant Opportunity Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference for 1st or 2nd generation immigrants
Brian L. Fitterer $5,000 each year for four years
  • Preference given to students majoring in the fields of Math, Applied Econ, Business, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Computer Science, or Accounting
Jack Schmidt Scholarship Amount varies
  • Students who have been directly affected by addiction and/or depression and is a transfer student
Results Foundation Scholarship Amount varies
  • Graduates of high schools in the cities of Minneapolis or St. Paul, MN and preference for those that have engaged in community based volunteerism
Tobin and Susan Jones Scholarship Amount varies
  • Students who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe
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International Scholarships

All international freshmen and transfer students on F1 visas who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2019-20 academic year, international freshman can receive scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000 per year for up to four years. International transfer students may receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarship on a funds-available basis. Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application. Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these conditions. Visit Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students for more information.

Global Excellence Scholarship $25,000, $15,000, or $10,000 each year for up to 4 years
  • Top of graduating class
  • Students must be studying on an F-1 visa.
#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship $15,000 per year (renewable)
Undergraduate Research ScholarshipUp to $1,700
  • Interest in undergraduate research, scholarly or creative experience
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Need-Based Scholarships

This information is subject to change without notice.

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