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Minnesota Scholarships

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The state's name is an ancient Indian word meaning “clear water.” As a state, Minnesota is known for many things including civic participation, literacy and for its mixed social and political orientation. The capitol is St. Paul and the largest city is Minneapolis.

This state boasts of about 120 colleges and universities. 32 of these institutional are part of the Minnesota State College and University System, with the largest being the University of Minnesota. The state also features many private liberal arts colleges, several of them being consistently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News and World Report.

The leading industries in the state of Minnesota include agriculture, mining, biomedical and technology manufacturing. Scholarship opportunities come in a wide variety of formats and types. There are need-based as well as merit-based funding opportunities. There are also grants and scholarship available for those seeking career employment in an under-served field, such as education or healthcare.

Explore the links below to find out more about the complete range of scholarships available in the state of Minnesota.

Adelle & Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for doctoral dissertation research in the history of computing. The fellowship may be held at the recipient's home academic institution, the Charles Babbage Institute, or any other location with appropriate research facilities. The stipend is $14,000. It is intended for students who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the research and writing of the dissertation. Tomash Fellowship recipients must remain students in good standing throughout the term of their fellowship, but there is no restriction on holding other fellowships, scholarships, or awards concurrent to the Tomash Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants indicating a need to use CBI materials, planning research in residence at CBI, and willing to make a brief presentation of their research findings to CBI staff. Questions pertaining to collection content and access can be directed to R. Arvid Nelsen, CBI Archivist, at nels0307@umn.edu. TO APPLY: Applicants should send to CBI a curriculum vitae and a five-page (single-spaced) statement and justification of the research project including a discussion of methods, research materials, evidence of faculty support for the project, and bibliography (bibliography does not count toward page count). Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference and certified copies of graduate school transcripts to be sent directly to CBI.

Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Program

The Minnesota/Wisconsin reciprocity agreement allows Wisconsin residents to attend Minnesota public universities at in-state tuition rates. This online reciprocity application is designed for Wisconsin residents attending Minnesota public institutions. The online reciprocity application is the easiest way to apply for reciprocity benefits. However, if you prefer not to apply online, a hard copy of the application is available for download. Minnesota residents should apply through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Students attending a Minnesota stand-alone Technical College SHOULD NOT USE THE APPLICATION. Instead, apply directly to the college. Private colleges do NOT participate in the tuition reciprocity program because they do not charge non-resident tuition rates. How To Apply Complete the application IN FULL and submit. Students enrolled under reciprocity who earned credits that were reported by the institution to the WHEAB during any semester of the current academic year, will automatically have benefits renewed for the upcoming academic year at the institution they are currently attending. Therefore, these students need not reapply. If you, or the institution where you are enrolled, do not receive notification of your renewal status within three weeks of your application, please contact the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board. Deadline The application deadline is the last day of classes at the institution you are or will be attending for the term benefits are needed. Applications WILL NOT be processed retroactively. If you wish to participate in the program for the entire academic year, your application must be correctly completed and submitted by the last day of scheduled classes in the fall term at the institution you are or will be attending. Who Is Eligible Wisconsin residents attending Minnesota public institutions and Minnesota residents attending Wisconsin public institutions are eligible. Professional students enrolling in a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Sciences, or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in the public institutions of either state are ineligible for reciprocity tuition. Notification of Acceptance You will receive the results of your application within four to six weeks after you have applied. If you do not receive results within six weeks, you should assume your application was not properly submitted and apply again. Application For Admission Application to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Program does not constitute application for admission to an educational institution. Regardless of your eligibility for tuition reciprocity, you must still apply and qualify for admission to the school of your choice, following the procedures required by that institution.

MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship

Individuals residing in MGMA Midwest section states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management. Scholarship Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management, including public health, business administration, healthcare administration and other related areas.

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarships

The deadline to apply for Nellie Stone Johnson scholarships, which are available to minority students from union families, has been extended to May 31. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to minority students from union families attending or planning to attend one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges and/or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. To be eligible, a scholarship applicant must be a racial minority and a union member or be the child, grandchild, or spouse of a union member. The scholarships range from $500 to $2,000.

Minnesota GLBT Educational Fund Awards

Description: Several monetary grants are offered annually to GLBT post-secondary students. The fund-raising and selection processes are coordinated by the Minnesota GLBT Scholarship Fund of Philanthrofund Foundation. Purpose of Awards: To recognize outstanding GLBT students & activists. To support the continuing education for self-identified GLBT persons. To foster a positive public image of GLBT people in society. Eligibility: GLBT identified students who will be enrolled in a post-secondary program Planning to attend post-secondary program during the next academic year Not a prior Scholarship Fund award recipient A legal resident of Minnesota, or attending a Minnesota educational institution Eligible post-secondary Academic Institutions G.E.D. programs Trade Schools or Technical Colleges Colleges or Universities (at undergraduate or graduate level) Terms of the Awards: Educational grants to be applied to tuition, books, fees, or dissertation expenses. Valid only for the next academic year. Criteria for Judging Applications: Applicant's affirmation of their GLBT identity. Applicant's demonstration of integrity and honesty. Applicant's participation and leadership in community activities. Applicant's service as role model, mentor, colleague or advisor for the GLBT community.

KASF Scholarship - Midwestern Regional Chapter

Qualifications Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time during the scholarship application year. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships. Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility: Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. Your category depends on what your status will be during the school year, as follows: High School Sophomores & Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need). High School Seniors with plans to attend college in next school year - The chosen college must be within the Midwestern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter. College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Midwestern region. College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Midwestern region. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school. Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Midwestern region.

Minnesota Power New Generation Scholarship Fund

Fund Description Minnesota Power New Generation Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to full-time college students who attend college at specific institutions in/near Minnesota Power's service area and major in a qualifying field of study. Application Instructions Upperclassmen in a college or university in the Minnesota Power service area who are majoring in fields deemed 'priority' for the development of northern Minnesota (see list of schools and majors on application) should complete and submit the MN Power New Generation Scholarship application by the February 1st deadline day. A complete application will include the form, an official transcript and two letters of recommendation. Selection Criteria The Scholarship Committee of the Community Foundation will select individual scholarship recipients. Members of the committee are totally independent and separate from Minnesota Power, and no employee or former employee will select scholarship recipients. The committee will base their decision on the applicant’s academic achievements and commitment to the local area, as shown by their essay and involvement in the community.

G. Scott Ransom Scholarship Fund of the Duluth/Superior Alpine Club

G. Scott Ransom Scholarship Fund of the Duluth/Superior Alpine Club will provide financial awards, for expenses associated with pursuing a competitive ski experience. Selection Criteria: The scholarship Committee of the Community Foundation will select individuals scholarship recipients. They will base their decision on the applicant’s financial need, academic record, written recommendations and seriousness of purpose as directed to the ski program. Awards Given from the Fund: Awards are divided based on the level of the ski program that individual athletes will compete in and are paid directly to the Duluth Superior Alpine Club in the name of the winning athlete. Application Instructions Contact the Duluth Superior Area Alpine Club for an application. Return the application to the Community Foundation by the September 20th deadline.

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.

American Family Insurance Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any major. One scholarship will be awarded to a member from Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

BNSF Railway Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited four-year college in the following areas of agriculture: business management, economics, sales and marketing or finance. One scholarship will be awarded to members from the following states: California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $5,000 each, renewable at $1,250 per year for four years, provided a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and full-time student status in approved major are maintained.

Casey’s General Stores Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/food service/landscape/nursery/ranch or wildlife management, communications, economics, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, power & equipment, conservation, plant or soil science, entomology, agricultural computer systems, agricultural public service or general agriculture with a career path in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin required. Must exhibit strong leadership skills.AWARD: Three scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agronomy, crop science, agricultural communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, business management, economics, finance, sales, marketing, plant pathology/breeding/genetics, soil science or soil/water conservation. One scholarship will be awarded to resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Two scholarships each will be awarded to residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 17 scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable

ILC Resources Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal, dairy or poultry science with a preference in poultry. Resident of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri or Illinois (in that order) planning to attend Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Illinois (Urbana) or South Dakota State University. Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable

MetLife Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

Keith Newstrom Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Awards Given: 1 Student Type: All Students Area: Greater Itasca County Area (Priority may be given to the Grand Rapids Area.) Renewable: No Criteria: The ideal candidate for this scholarship is interested in pursuing a career in aviation. This scholarship may be used for aviation related education or flight hours. Recipients are limited to one, $2,500 scholarship and must attend an approved and accredited program.

Clubs of America

Eligible students will: Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged! Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: scholarship@greatclubs.com YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)

HSF/Hormel Scholarship

Program Description:The HSF/Hormel Scholarship Program is a scholarship of $2,500 awarded for applicants interested in a career in the food industry.In addition, interested students can apply to be considered for a paid internship. Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic heritage * Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) * Have a permanent address in one of the following Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale * Be a Junior with an intended graduation date between December and August * Be majoring in Accounting, Mechanical Engineering (includes Mechanical Technology), Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering/Technology (includes Industrial Management) Manufacturing Engineering, Business Administration (includes Operations), Management, Agriculture Science/Agronomy (includes Agriculture Engineering, Agribusiness, Ag Economics, Food Service), Computer Science, Information Technology (IT/MIS) (includes Computer Information Systems), Zoology (includes Animal Science), Marketing (includes Professional Selling), Hospitality Administration (includes Hotel/Restaurant Management) or related majors * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

June Longworth Hardy Scholarship

Recipients must be a member of Alpha Iota/Washington University in St. Louis (D) or a member of Theta who is majoring in elementary or secondary education in the Midwest. (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri.)

Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund

Grants are limited to students from northern MN, attending accredited colleges and universities of their choice, who are majoring in one of the basic sciences or medicine, and can show evidence of need for financial assistance.

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