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Scholarships

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.

Receiving a scholarship may affect the amount of other financial aid you are eligible to receive, and some scholarships are not included in the undergraduate scholarship search. Find additional scholarship resources below.


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 Duluth.

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 Financial Aid.

When you receive a scholarship, 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 Duluth 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.

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

When submitting scholarship checks, please make sure the following information is included for each check:

  • Your full legal name 
  • Your University ID number. If your University ID number is not available, please include your home address or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
  • Scholarship donor's name, address, and phone number
  • Letter from donor with any scholarship stipulations. If the full scholarship is intended for a particular term, please include it on the donor's letter or the memo section of the check (e.g. "Fall only," "Check 1/2"...).

In person

Submit all scholarship checks you receive to a One Stop counselor, so the funds can be deposited into your University student account. If the donor sends the check directly to the University made out to you, you must visit One Stop in person to endorse it.

By mail

If your scholarship provider will be sending the check directly to the University (best practice), please have it sent with the information cited above to:

University of Minnesota Duluth
Office of Financial Aid
1049 University Drive 
Duluth, MN 55812-3011

The University of Minnesota, Duluth is able to provide donor-funded scholarships to our students because of the generous contributions made by individuals and businesses.

  • Office of Financial Aid 2018-19 Online Scholarship application available through April 1, 2018 click herecurrent UMD undergraduate students and entering freshman who have confirmed their enrollment are eligible to apply. 
  • Teamsters Local 320 University of Minnesota Scholarship application available through March 25, 2018 click here; current UMD students and entering freshman who have confirmed their enrollment are eligible to apply. The scholarship is available only to full-time, degree-seeking students that are members either in the bargaining unit or a child of a bargaining unit member.
  • Laverne Noyes Scholarship (descendent of WWI) application will be available April 1 - July 1, 2018

University departments select recipients of their departmental scholarships according to their own process. For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, click on the link below for your departmental scholarships page.

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 is unable to share information from your financial aid data or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with anyone other than you (even with your permission) due to the U.S. Department of Education’s increased regulatory focus on student data privacy.

Requests for your financial aid data or FAFSA information will be submitted to One Stop Student Services and provided to you to forward to the requesting party. A how-to guide on how to view your financial aid is available online. If you need further assistance, please contact One Stop.