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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.

The undergraduate scholarship search provides an individualized list of scholarships that you are eligible to apply for based on your student profile.

Undergraduate Scholarship Search

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.

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... 

The scholarships listed below are administered and awarded by the University of Minnesota's Office of Student Finance.

University of Minnesota Women's Club Scholarship

The application deadline is June 15.

The University of Minnesota Women's Club has provided scholarships to University students for more than 40 years. The Women's Club created this scholarship fund to ensure that their legacy of generous support to students will continue for generations to come. It is awarded to students who are MN residents, and have demonstrated academic ability and leadership experience, and a breadth of skills, interests, and extracurricular activities.
Students may reapply for the scholarship each year, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the scholarship application.

A successful candidate must:

  • have sophomore, junior or senior status in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities or Rochester campus
  • register full-time, during both fall and spring semesters
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • have 3.2 GPA or higher
  • maintain good academic standing at the University and be making progress toward a degree
  • preference is given to female students

The application for this scholarship will be available again in the spring of 2017.

Nathan Lifson, Irving Lifson, and Gilda Lifson Bronsztein Scholarship, Harold B. and Helen N. Shapira Scholarship

The application deadline is July 1.

Because of his strong commitment to higher education, Nathan Lifson chose to honor the memory of his parents, Max and Anna Lifson, through a scholarship for Jewish-American students. Mr. Lifson hoped that the students he helped would, in turn, someday be able to help others.
The Harold B. and Helen N. Shapira Scholarship was established in 1987 and devotes assistance to Jewish students.

A successful candidate must:

  • be involved in the Jewish community.
  • be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program during both fall and spring semesters at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities or Rochester campus.
  • maintain good academic standing and be making progress toward a degree

The application for this scholarship will be available again in the spring of 2017.

LaVerne Noyes Scholarship

The application deadline is July 1.

"The purpose of LaVerne Noyes in establishing these scholarships was to express his gratitude to, and in a slight degree to reward, those who ventured the supreme sacrifice of life for this country and for mankind in this war for the liberty of the world, and, also, to aid in keeping alive, for generations to come, the spirit of unselfish patriotic devotion which these men displayed and without which no free government can long endure." - Estate of LaVerne Noyes
Students may reapply for the scholarship each year, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University of Minnesota Online Scholarship Application. The supporting documentation only needs to be provided once, and will be kept on file for future years.

A successful candidate must:

  • be a U.S. citizen and a direct descendant of an American Army or Navy veteran of World War I whose service was terminated by death or an honorable discharge.
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program during both fall and spring semesters at any of the University of Minnesota system schools (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester or Twin Cities)
  • maintain good academic standing and be making progress toward a degree

The application for this scholarship will be available again in the spring of 2017.

Thielen Family Scholarship Fund

J. Peter and Jan Thielen have created the Thielen Family Scholarship Fund to recognize the importance of higher education to career advancement and personal quality of life. The fund provides renewable scholarships to part-time students who are employed, realize the importance of a college degree to their success, and would have difficulty continuing their studies without financial assistance.

A successful candidate must:

  • have junior or senior status in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • register for 1-11 credits, during both fall and spring semesters.
  • maintain good academic standing at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • be employed during the school year.
  • be a U.S. citizen.

The application for this scholarship will be available again in the spring of 2017.

The Dr. A.A. Granovsky Scholarship

The Dr. A. A. Granovsky Scholarship funds students with Ukrainian ancestry who are conscious of their nationality, are concerned with the improvement of and help for other students of like background, and who have financial need. The number of scholarships awarded and the award amount varies annually based on available funding.

A successful candidate must:

  • provide proof of Ukrainian descent.
  • compose an essay describing his/her activities and involvement in the Ukrainian community.
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • have at least sophomore standing in an undergraduate program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • maintain good academic standing.

The application for this scholarship will be available again in the spring of 2017.

The scholarship listed below is administered and awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

The Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Memorial Scholarship in Entrepreneurship will support University of Minnesota junior and senior-level students with financial need, who have demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial initiatives.

Lynn Johnson, founder of the St. Paul-based Johnson Brothers Liquor Company, was an inspiring example to many through his tireless work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. His inspiring legacy will live on through the Scholars who bear his name.

It all began in 1953.

With a rented truck, a converted roller skating rink as a warehouse, and a tiny portfolio of brands, 24-year-old former U of M student Lynn Johnson opened his doors for business as a one-man operation. He sold his products during the day, filled the orders at night and delivered them on his truck the next morning.

From these humble beginnings Lynn was able to build Johnson Brothers into one of the top beverage distributors in the country. You can learn more about Lynn Johnson and the Johnson Brothers Company at the video Welcome to Johnson Brothers.

Recipients can anticipate an opportunity to meet members of the Johnson family, and will be expected to participate in special events for the scholars.

The applicant review process will consider the combination of information provided in response to the application questions, the applicant's academic history, and financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The final number and size of the awards may vary due to student financial need. The target is to fund up to 10 scholarships for up to $5000.00 per academic year. The scholarship is not intended to provide direct resources for an entrepreneurial project, but instead to cover students' cost of attendance. Funds could be used to cover costs for international study, consistent with other UM financial aid.

To be considered for the Johnson Family Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities;
  • be full-time, undergraduate students enrolled in 13 credits or more each semester;
  • have financial need, meeting low to middle income status as defined by current University standards;
  • be juniors (60 or more credits at the time the scholarship starts) or rising seniors enrolled in a degree-granting program, and can be enrolled in any UMTC undergraduate college;
  • have a strong academic record, and making timely progress toward their four-year degree;
  • show evidence of a strong commitment to entrepreneurial initiatives. Evidence could include: classes, internships, club or social initiatives, start-ups in business or non-profits, a major or minor in Entrepreneurial Management, etc. Applicants need not have a start-up project underway;
  • have a completed (or estimated) 2016-2017 FAFSA application on file at the University by April 1, 2016;
  • complete the on-line scholarship application

The scholarship will be awarded for one academic year, divided equally between fall and spring semester. The award may be renewable for up to one additional year (two semesters) for a current junior student moving to senior-level status, provided the recipient demonstrates continued satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students in their fifth-year of degree-seeking college enrollment, or beyond, are not eligible. This timeline includes degree credit students earned in degree-seeking programs at other colleges or universities before transferring to UMTC.
Funding is available for fall and spring semesters only. Summer funding is not available.

The application for this scholarship will be available again in the spring 2017.

Collegiate scholarships 

University departments select recipients of their departmental scholarships according to their own process. For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, look for a link to your departmental scholarships page from these college scholarship resources.

Cooperative scholarships 

Cooperative scholarships are often given to University of Minnesota students, but administered and awarded by outside agencies or organizations.

Additional campus-wide resources

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...

Student athletic scholarships are awarded to varsity athletes by their coaches in compliance with the policies and procedures of the University, the Big Ten Conference, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Athletic Awards can cover all or part of your tuition, fees, books, room, board, miscellaneous expenses up to the Universities cost of attendance.

Each team is assigned a scholarship limit by the NCAA based on the total number of full grant-in-aid awards the sport is allowed to offer during the academic year. The head coach decides how to distribute the funds among the student athletes.

Outside Scholarships

Any scholarships you receive from any outside organization (such as your high school, parent's employer, or local civic organization) must be reported to the student-athlete financial aid coordinator. The student and the donor will need to fill out the Student-Athlete Outside Aid Award form and submit back to the student-athlete financial aid coordinator to provide documentation of the award to verify that your award complies with NCAA rules and ensure that the award amount is disbursed properly. NCAA bylaws restrict you, the student-athlete, from cashing scholarship checks yourself. Any scholarship checks must be submitted to a One Stop Student Services employee at 333 Robert H. Bruininks Hall or be sent to the following address:

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Office of Student Finance, Fiscal Unit
200 Fraser Hall
106 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Be sure that your full name and University of Minnesota student ID number are listed on the check.

International Student Athletes

If you are an international student, you may have up to 14 percent of your award amount withheld from the room and board portion of your athletic award for U.S. income tax purposes.

If the U.S. has a tax treaty with your home country you may be exempt from tax withholding. For students with tax treaties you must have a U.S. tax identification number to avoid the tax withholding

Financial Aid help for Student Athletes

Please contact either of the following staff if you have questions about your Athletic Awards or other Financial Aid questions:

Molly Nelson
Financial Aid Coordinator for Student Athletes
Phone: 612-625-5357
Email: nels2461@umn.edu

Jim Praska
Asst Director of Athletic Compliance & Scholarships
Phone: 612-626-7117
Email: prask001@umn.edu

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...