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Scholarships are considered a source of “gift aid” because they are a source of free money—financial aid that doesn’t 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 Minnesota, your 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... 

Amount
$1,500
Based on Financial Need?
No
Additional Criteria

  • FAFSA application required
  • Preference to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of United Steelworkers Local No. 1028 member
  • Next preference to children of any United Steelworkers Locals from Duluth-Superior area
  • Third preference to a student with financial need and high academic performance
  • Full-time status

Deadline for application-March 31

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
No

Additional Criteria

  • Awarded to students with a physical disability
  • Full-time status

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Full-time status

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • GPA>2.0

Amount
$500

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Junior, senior or graduate status
  • Full-time status
  • Preference to students of Finnish heritage
  • Preference to students from NE Minnesota or NW Wisconsin.

SPECIAL APPLICATION REQUIRED. Please contact Jill Custer at (218) 726-7340 or jcuster@d.umn.edu.

Amount
$100-$300

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • GPA>2.0

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Resident of St. Louis County
  • Renewable

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Full-time status

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Preference to graduates of Crosby-Ironton High School

Amount
$500

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria
Unrestricted

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria
Unrestricted

Amount
$500

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Attended UMD during freshman year and entering sophomore or junior year
  • Major in pre-medicine Duluth or Iron Range resident
  • GPA>3.5
  • Involved in extracurricular activities

Amount
$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Student must be a direct blood descendant of someone who has served in the U.S. Army or Navy in World War I and whose said service was terminated by death or honorable discharge. Deadline for application June 1. Application forms available at UMD One Stop Student Services, 23 Solon Campus Center, UMD.

Amount
$500

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • No medical students.

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria
Unrestricted

Amount
$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Full-time status

Amount
$500

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Full-time status

Amount
$500

Based on Financial Need?
No

Additional Criteria

  • FAFSA application required
  • GPA>3.0 or high school rank>90%
  • Full-time status
  • Preference to Minnesota residents
  • Priority consideration to Jewish students
  • Renewable up to 4 years

Amount
Varies

Based on Financial Need?
No

Additional Criteria

  • A child or grandchild of UMD alumni, a full-time sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate UMD student, a GPA of 2.5 or better and be in good academic standing, and be able to demonstrate and/or describe his/her leadership skills and community service. For more information, contact Alumni Director Matt Duffy at (218) 726-8829.

Apply - Deadline to apply is Friday, March 11, 2016

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Full-time status

Amount
$500-$1000

Based on Financial Need?
Yes

Additional Criteria

  • Duluth resident
  • Renewable

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 the check(s) to the Office of Student Finance for processing. You should endorse any check that is made payable to you and the University of Minnesota. Additional information on submitting scholarship checks 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. Find more information...

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