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Scholarships are considered “gift aid”—a type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Funds are awarded to individual students and are often based on specific criteria, such as your major, GPA, financial need, etc. Admitted freshmen are considered for University-wide scholarships based on an overall assessment of their admission application.

Many students receive scholarships from outside sources, such as hometown organizations, civic organizations, churches, and other local donors, or from businesses and corporations.

When you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), any scholarships that you receive will be considered when calculating your financial aid award.

University scholarship awards disburse in accordance with the University's financial aid award policy. Consistent with University policy, the total annual aid amount awarded to a student, including all scholarships and grants, cannot exceed cost of attendance at the University of Minnesota.

Financial aid awards (e.g., loans, work study, scholarships, or grants) may be reduced for students whose total aid exceeds the cost of their program for the academic year, as determined by the Office of Student Finance.

When you receive a scholarship from an organization outside of the University of Minnesotayour existing financial aid awards will be reviewed and adjustments may be made based on the receipt of your scholarship(s). You may see a reduction in other types of aid, such as loans, work-study, or institutional aid.

The University of Minnesota will allow you to receive the maximum benefits of any scholarships within the US Department of Education guidelines.

Many scholarships require full-time enrollment. Information on eligibility for financial aid is available.

The Regents Scholarship Program covers a portion of tuition costs for eligible University of Minnesota employees enrolled in University of Minnesota credit-bearing courses. More information on the Regents Scholarship Program is available. 

Beginning Fall 2020 Semester

Achievement scholarships will be awarded to incoming first-year and transfer on-campus UMN Crookston students who exhibited academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities in their admission application. Your application is all that is required to determine if you qualify for a scholarship. No additional information is required.

First Year Student Achievement Scholarships

Core GPA Yearly Scholarship 4 year Scholarship Total
4.0-3.76 $2,000 - $6,500 $8,000 - $26,000
3.75-3.51 $1,500 - $5,500 $6,000 - $22,000
3.5-3.26 $1,000 - $4,500 $4,000 - $18,000
3.25-3.01 $1,000 - $3,500 $4,000 - $14,000
3.0-2.75 $1,000 - $2,500 $4,000 - $10,000

*Core GPA is calculated off of English, Science, Social Studies, and Math.

Transfer Student Achievement Scholarships

Cumulative GPA Yearly Scholarship 2 year Scholarship Total
4.0-3.76 $2,000 - $6,500 $4,000 - $13,000
3.75-3.51 $1,500 - $5,500 $3,000 - $11,000
3.5-3.26 $1,000 - $4,500 $2,000 - $9,000
3.25-3.01 $1,000 - $3,500 $2,000 - $7,000
3.0-2.75 $1,000 - $2,500 $2,000 - $5,000

The award is renewable up to four years for a first-year student and two years for a transfer student at UMC.  You must maintain a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA and full time enrollment to continue to receive your scholarship.

Important scholarship criteria and requirements:

  • Available for full-time on campus students seeking their first bachelor's degree
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Scholarships are disbursed equally across fall and spring semesters

For more information, please see the Admissions site

Beginning Fall 2020 Semester

Online Achievement scholarships will be awarded to new online first-year and transfer UMN Crookston students. Students must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership qualities, community involvement, and educational and career goals in their admissions application. Your application is all that is required to determine if you qualify for a scholarship. No additional information is needed. Student's scholarship awards range from $500-$2000 and is adjusted based on credit enrollment:

  • $500 6-8 credit enrollment
  • $1000 for 9-11 credit enrollment
  • $2000 for 12+ credit enrollment

The scholarship is renewable up to four years for first-year students and two years for transfer students. You must maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA to continue to receive your scholarship.

Important scholarship criteria and requirements:

  • Available for students seeking their first bachelor's degree
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Scholarships are disbursed equally across fall and spring semesters

Other Online Student Scholarship Opportunities:

Online degree-seeking students who are enrolled in 12 or more credits, can apply for our Specialty Scholarships.

Online degree-seeking students who are enrolled in 6 or more credits may apply for the Online Learning Scholarship, also on the Specialty Scholarships site.  This scholarship is only for online students.  You will be asked to attach your resume to your application.

The Berland Opportunity Grant is available to online students.

Raise Me allows you to earn micro-scholarships for activities and accomplishments you complete in high school. Have an A in a class? Earn $40. Visited Campus? Earn $100. Play a sport? Earn up to $60. It all adds up for your scholarship at UMN Crookston! Start earning as early as 9th grade.

Create your profile at www.raise.me/join/umncrookston.

The University of Minnesota Crookston is grateful to the many alumni and donors who contribute and make available scholarships to nearly 400 enrolled students. "Specialty Scholarships" are awarded to students based on a specific set of criteria that may include only one or several of the following: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership, service, financial need and legacy.

Recipients are selected by various scholarship committees and students are notified via email or letter in advance of the academic year start.

There are several applications; therefore, review and apply for any in which you are eligible. The majority of scholarships are available from a single application depending upon enrollment status:

1. Incoming new freshman or transfer students (due by May 1); or

2. Returning students (due by May 1).

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*Please Note - New student's accounts do have to be activated in order to apply for specialty scholarships. To activate your account follow this link. You will need your 7-digit Student ID number which can be found on your admit letter. For help call the computer help desk at 612-301-4357.

Please note that the University Writing Center has many resources available to both online and on-campus students to assist in creating any essays that may be required for a scholarship application.

The following two scholarships are available to all University of Minnesota students identifying as female. The applications are processed seperately by the Twin Cities Women's Center or the scholarship's foundation. The deadline for application is June 1st.

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo 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. For more information, see the SMSC Scholarship page.

U Promise is available to eligible undergraduate students enrolling at any University of Minnesota campus. It is comprised of the U Promise Free Tuition Scholarship and the U Promise Middle Income Scholarship.

Learn more about the U Promise Scholarship Program >>>

Academic scholarships were awarded to qualifying first-year and transfer students through the Spring 2020 semester. These scholarships are still eligible for renewal up to four years for First-Year students, and two years for Transfer students.

First-Year Students:

First-year scholarships include:



Four year total

Achievement $500/year $2,000
Merriam Legacy $1,000/year $4,000
Distinguished $1,500/year $6,000
Chancellor $2,000/year $8,000
Presidential $5,000/year $20,000

Transfer Students:

Transfer scholarships include:



Two year total

Transfer Distinguished $1,000/year $2,000
Transfer Chancellor $1,500/year $3,000
Transfer Presidential $2,000/year $4,000

Important scholarship criteria and requirements:

  • Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for first-year students and two years for transfer students, if student successfully completes a minimum of 24 UMC credits and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Available for on-campus, full time students only
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Academic scholarships are disbursed equally across fall and spring semesters

The Berland Opportunity Grant provides a financial incentive for enrollment in academic college classes for adults who have been out of school for at least four years.  The objective is to encourage enrollment at UMC by first-time adult students and adults needing retraining.  The grant will pay tuition for a maximum of four credits, for one semester.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have been out of school (high school and/or college courses for credit) for a minimum of four years
  • Must not be receiving tuition reimbursement
  • Must not have earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Must not have received a Berland Grant previously
  • Must submit application by the first day of the semester for which you are applying

2020-2021 Application

There are limited grants given out each academic year, depending on funding. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

You are highly encouraged to seek additional scholarships through external organizations. Outside scholarships are awarded by entities outside of UMC, including but not limited to various clubs, civic organizations, booster clubs, churches, and high schools. In addition to local and regional scholarship opportunities, there are a number of online search engines and scholarship listings. As a reminder, you must report any outside scholarship awards to the financial aid office.

We receive many emails throughout the year from outside organizations who offer scholarships to students.  We are unable to research and validate them, but you are encouraged to check them out for yourself.  We post these scholarships to our facebook page.

If you receive any scholarship from organizations outside of the University of Minnesota (e.g., a local community organization, church, etc.), it is your responsibility to forward to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for processing. You should endorse any check that is made payable to you and the University of Minnesota.

The UMC Employee Grant provides up to $2,500 per year for immediate family members of current full-time UMC employees.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Student must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits/semester) for full grant amount; amount will be prorated for any student less than full-time
  • Student must be a direct descendent or spouse to a current full-time UMC employee; dependent up to age 26
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Application must be completed each year

2019-2020 Application

2020-2021 Application

With your permission, the University of Minnesota is able to share information from your financial aid data or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with scholarship-granting organizations or tribal organizations. You must have provided written permission for the information to be shared.

To enable the University to share your information do one or both of the following:

A guide on how to review your financial aid awards is available.

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