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 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.

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.

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.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

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.

MusicAuthority’s Annual Music Lovers Scholarship

MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience. We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.

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.

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