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Scholarships are considered a source of “gift aid” because they are a source of free money—financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Funds are awarded to individual students and are often based on specific criteria, such as the student's major, GPA, financial need, etc.

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.

Graduate students will be given the opportunity to report scholarships online when responding to your Financial Aid Award Notice (FAAN) through MyU.


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. 

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 University of Minnesota Crookston attracts some of the best and brightest high school graduates around. We are proud to offer academic scholarships to those who have demonstrated success in the classroom and show promise of continued success!

Academic Scholarships $4,000-$20,000

Eligibility:
All first-year students with an ACT of 21 or greater and a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher will be considered for an Academic Scholarship.

Application:
Students must apply and be accepted to the University of Minnesota Crookston. No other application is required.

ACT Score and
GPA of 3.25+

Description

Award

Total
(up to 4 Years)

21 - 22
Achievement
$500/year
$2,000
23 - 24
Merriam Legacy
$1,000/year
$4,000
25 - 26
Distinguished
$1,500/year
$6,000
27 - 29
Chancellor
$2,000/year
$8,000
30+
Presidential
$5,000/year
$20,000

 

Important scholarship criteria and additional requirements:

  1. Students must be U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, or permanent residents to be considered for these scholarships.
  2. You must provide a copy of all your post-secondary transcripts.
  3. You must be enrolled as a full-time student at UMC.
  4. First Year Academic Scholarships are renewable for up to four years if you successfully complete a minimum of 24 UMC credits and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. Academic Scholarships are available to our on campus students only.
  6. Academic Scholarships are disbursed equally across fall and spring semester. Students who begin spring semester will receive ½ of the first year's scholarship amount.

We are pleased to offer our new transfer students academic scholarships that acknowledge a dedication and commitment to the classroom prior to enrolling at UMC.

Your information will automatically be reviewed for scholarship determination upon admission to UMC.

Scholarship

Amount

Cumulative GPA

Transfer Presidential $2,000 3.75 - 4.00
Transfer Chancellor $1,500 3.50 - 3.74
Transfer Distinguished $1,000 3.25 - 3.49

Important scholarship criteria and additional requirements:

  1. Students must be U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens, or permanent residents to be considered for these scholarships.
  2. You must provide a copy of all your post-secondary transcripts.
  3. You must be enrolled as a full-time student at UMC.
  4. Transfer Academic scholarships are renewable for a second year if you successfully complete a minimum of 24 UMC credits and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. Academic Scholarships are available to our on campus students only.
  6. Academic Scholarships are disbursed equally across fall and spring semester. Students who begin spring semester will receive ½ of the first year's scholarship amount.

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 March 1) or 2. Returning students (due by April 1).

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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.  Applications are processed separately by the Women's Center on the Twin Cities campus.  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.

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.

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 >>>

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 also available to online students.

The Berland Grant is closed for the 2018-19 year. Applications will open again soon for the 2019-20 academic year.

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

There are approximately 4 grants given out each academic year, depending on funding.

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

Eligibility criteria:

  • Student must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits per semester)
  • Student must be an immediate family member of a full-time UMC employee; dependent up to age 26
  • Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

Apply here.

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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