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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 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.

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. 

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. 

Please visit our Health Care Scholars Day page to find out more about the UMR scholarships available to incoming students and how to be considered for one: Health Care Scholars Day

UMR scholarships for continuing students are listed below. The application is made available during spring term of each academic year, typically mid-March. All current UMR students planning to continue studies through UMR the following academic year are encouraged to search for applicable scholarships and apply.

If you will be a new student with UMR, please see our scholarships for incoming students: Health Care Scholars Day

The 2017-18 application is closed. The 2018-19 application will be available spring 2018.

Leonard and Fern Anderson Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY

  • Full-time, undergraduate students in their second, third, or fourth year, and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • Three broadly-based areas of involvement will be considered for scholarship qualification:
    1. Academic goals
    2. Work or volunteer activities
    3. Community involvement
  • Candidates should be able to identify their financial need.
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in high school or prior post-secondary academic coursework.

AWARD

  • One $850 scholarship will be awarded.

Jim and Sue Clausen Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidates must be enrolled in coursework offered at the University of Minnesota, Rochester with a junior status in fall 2017.
  • Students who are traditional or non-traditional, full-time or part-time, and pursuing an undergraduate or professional school degree are all encouraged to apply.
  • In accordance with the donors' wishes, a plus factor will be given to students pursuing a health-sciences degree.
  • Additionally, a plus factor will be given to applicants from Steele and Olmsted counties in Minnesota, then to students from the state of Minnesota.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need as well as merit.

AWARD

  • One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Kereakos Family Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidates must be planning to attend or are already enrolled in a health-sciences program at the University of Minnesota, Rochester.
  • Traditional and non-traditional, full-time and part-time students who are taking courses for credit are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must meet one of the following criteria:
    1. Have earned a minimum of 12 credits at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    2. Have immigrated to the United States. This includes:
  • The spouse of an individual who has immigrated to the United States, or
  • The child of a parent(s) who has (have) immigrated to the United States, or
  • The first generation descendents of immigrant parents who were born in the United States.
  • Candidates should have an established home address in southeastern Minnesota.
  • Candidates with financial need will take precedence.
  • Three broadly-based areas of involvement will be considered for scholarship qualification:
  1. Volunteer activities
  2. Community involvement
  3. Work history

AWARD

  • Three $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Jim and Judy Sloan Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY

  • Traditional and non-traditional, full-time and part-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences program are encouraged to apply.

AWARD

  • Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Women Supporting Success Through Education

ELIGIBILITY

  • Traditional and non-traditional, full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students who are taking a minimum of three semester credits are encouraged to apply.
  • Selected candidates may use the funds to support their education. Examples of appropriate use include:
    • Childcare
    • Fees
    • Books
    • Transportation
    • Other expenses directly related to pursuing higher education
  • Scholarship funds are not designated for tuition costs. Depending on the use of the funds, the recipient may be liable for tax on certain portions of the award.
  • In accordance with the donors' wishes, a plus factor will be given to female students who have demonstrated financial need.
  • Three broadly-based areas of involvement will be considered for scholarship qualification:
  1. Reasons for seeking degree, licensure, or certificate
  2. How the applicant plans to use the degree, licensure, or certificate to benefit self and others
  3. Financial need

AWARD

  • Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
  • Funds may be used for education-related expenses, but may not be applied to tuition.

Finish in Four

ELIGIBILITY

  • BSHS students (includes BSHS students currently applying for the BSHP program) with a junior status in fall 2017.
  • Students on track to graduate in four years.
  • Students who have had an experience during their time at UMR that required the demonstration of resilience.

Demonstration of resilience is to be shown through a short essay (500 words or less). Students may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a student peer or faculty/staff member for this award. Self-nominating students may submit their essay through the application. All other nomination essays should be submitted to Laura Walker in One Stop, located in the Student Resource Center.

Essay topic:

  • Self nominations: How has your resilience enabled you to stay on track to "finish in four"?
  • Other nominations: How has the student's resilience enabled them to stay on track to "finish in four"?

AWARD

  • Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

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