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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.

A letter of thanks to your donor(s) is one of the best ways to convey your gratitude and let them know the impact their generosity is having on you.

Guidelines to help you craft your letter:

  • Brevity is key, but tell the donor(s) about yourself and the impact their generosity has on your education and future goals.
  • Be genuine and sincere in your tone, and try to show your personality.
  • Acknowledge your enthusiasm and excitement about receiving the scholarship.
  • Grammar and spelling should be correct, so be sure to proofread.
  • If you choose to handwrite your message, please make sure it is neat and legible.
  • Always be sure to sign your name.
  • Above all, convey your message of thanks clearly and concisely.

Consider sharing your background:

  • Hometown
  • Family background
  • Experiences and life situations that led you to pursue a degree at the U of M

Include information about your current situation:

  • Degree(s) and study plans
  • Involvement and/or activities both on- and off-campus
  • Research and/or internships in which you have taken part, or plan to

Describe how the scholarship support will help you meet, or exceed, your educational goals.

Finally, consider including your future plans:

  • What you hope to accomplish while a U of M student
  • Plans for after graduation, i.e. graduate school or career aspirations

If you have questions about your scholarship, please contact the college/department that awarded the scholarship. You may also contact us.

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. 

Promise Plus Free Tuition Scholarship Program

The Promise Plus Free Tuition Program (Promise Plus) is an expansion of the UPromise Scholarship Program to support Minnesota students in being able to afford college. It provides the remaining funds needed to cover the full cost of tuition for students whose families make $50,000 per year or less.

Promise Plus Free Tuition is available to eligible new freshmen Minnesota residents enrolling full time at any University of Minnesota campus (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities). To be considered, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Promise Plus Free Tuition Program Details

Achievement Scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year and transfer on-campus students who exhibit 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 Achievement Scholarships

Core GPA Yearly Scholarship 4 Year Scholarship Total
4.0 - 3.76 $500 - $5000 $2000 - $20,000
3.75 - 3.51 $500 - $3000 $2000 - $12,000
3.5 - 3.26 $500 - $2500 $2000 - $10,000
3.25 - 3.01 $500 - $2000 $2000 - $8000
3.0 - 2.75 $500 - $1500 $2000 - $6000

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

Transfer Student Achievement Scholarships

GPA Yearly Scholarship 2 Year Scholarship Total
4.0 - 3.76 $500 - $5000 $1000 - $10,000
3.75 - 3.51 $500 - $3000 $1000 - $6000
3.5 - 3.26 $500 - $2500 $1000 - $5000
3.25 - 3.01 $500 - $2000 $1000 - $4000
3.0 - 2.75 $500 - $1500 $1000 - $3000

Important scholarship criteria and requirements:

  • Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for a first-year student and two years for a transfer student at UMC
  • Must maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA and full time enrollment to continue to receive the scholarship
  • Available to 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

Online Achievement scholarships are 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. 

Student's scholarship awards range from $500-$2,000 per year and is adjusted based on credit enrollment per semester:

$500 6-8 credit enrollment
$1,000 9-11 credit enrollment
$2,000 12+ credit enrollment

Important scholarship criteria and requirements:

  • Scholarships are renewable for four years for first-year students and two years for transfer students
  • Must maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA to continue to receive your scholarship
  • 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 Scholarship site. This scholarship is only for online students. You will be asked to attach your resume to your application.
  • The Berland Opportunity Grant is also available to online students.

The Achievement Scholarships are awarded to new on-campus and online students based on their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and demonstrated leadership on their admissions application and materials. The scholarship is renewable up to four years for a first-year student and two years for a transfer student at UMC for both on-campus and online students.

Important renewal criteria and requirements:

  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA
  • On campus students must maintain full time (12+ credits) enrollment to continue to receive the scholarship
  • Online students must enroll in the minimum of 6 credits to receive a prorated scholarship, and full time (12 credits) to receive full scholarship award
  • Scholarships are disbursed across fall and spring semesters

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 scholarships available to our 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 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

2021-2022 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

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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