Ethel Mae S Merriam Scholarship Essay

University-Wide Academic Scholarships

University of Minnesota academic scholarships are highly competitive. Admitted freshmen are considered for these scholarships based on an overall assessment of the application for freshman admission. Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission by either the first (November 1) or second (January 1) application deadlines. No separate application is needed, though demonstration of financial need is required for certain academic scholarships. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or be eligible for the Minnesota Dream Act. Please note: there are a limited number of scholarships that are available for international students.

Scholarship recipients are notified by the end of March of their senior year.

Scholarship decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each admitted student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the admission application, based on the primary and secondary factors listed below. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary factors, and no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision.

Primary Factors

  • Coursework through high school graduation. (Scholarship recipients typically exceed the University's subject requirements. See subject requirements)
  • Grade point average
  • Class rank (if available)
  • ACT or SAT scores

Secondary Factors

Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual scholarship decisions. Enrolling a diverse student body is essential to achieving the development outcomes of a University of Minnesota education. Our university community is strengthened by our students representing different races, economic backgrounds, geographic origins, genders, religions, ethnicities, sexualities, talents, and beliefs.

Our holistic review also takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each student unique. We consider the following secondary factors in our review.

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses)
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Family employment or attendance at the University of Minnesota
  • Personal or extenuating circumstances
  • Information received in open-ended questions
AwardAmountScholarship consideration is based on a holistic review of the primary and secondary factors listed above. Additional criteria are listed below by scholarship.
Maroon and Gold Leadership Award $12,000 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Top 1-3% of graduating class
Gold Scholar Award Amount varies, up to $10,000 each year for four years
  • Preference is given to National Merit Finalists
  • Recipients must list the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline
Presidential Scholarship $1,000 - $10,000 each year for four years  
Bentson Family Scholarship $24,000 over four years
  • Preference given to students of the Jewish faith
Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarship $6,500 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Interested in English/creative writing, fine arts, foreign language, math, science, or social studies
Ethel Curry American Indian Scholarship Amount varies, renewable up to four years
  • Must be at least one-fourth American Indian and present written documentation of tribal enrollment and blood quantum by May 1 of your senior year
  • For more information, call the Ethel Curry Scholarship Coordinator at 612-624-0564
Iron Range Scholarship $1,000-$3,000 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Top 10% of graduating class
Gopher State Scholarship $1,000 each year for two years
  • North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin resident
National Scholarship $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 each year for four years
  • Resident of any state, excluding Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
University of Minnesota Alumni Association Freshman Leadership Incentive Scholarship $2,000 or $3,000 for one year
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Preference given to first-generation college students
  • Financial need considered
National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship $1,000-$2,000 each year for four years
  • Eligible National Merit Finalists who list the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as their first-college choice by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline
  • Any amount awarded over $1,000 is based on financial need
Ruby Hackett and Weldon Jones Scholarship $5,000 each year for four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
University of Minnesota Study Abroad Freshman Scholarship $1,000 toward a University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center-sponsored study abroad program.
  • Demonstrate interest in studying abroad
Calmenson Family San Diego Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of a high school in San Diego County or Riverside County, California
Robert & Gail Buuck Scholarship$3,500 each year for four years
  • Provides support for students with physical disabilities. Physical disability is defined as a mobility, hearing, vision, or systemic disability that substantially limits at least one major life activity.
Sig Hagen Scholarship$500 for one year
  • New York resident
  • Preference given to male students
Nils & Pat Hasselmo Undergraduate ScholarshipAmount varies 
Kermit V. Haugan & Gladys Haugan Johnson ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Public high school graduate in Richfield, Minnesota, Two Harbors, Minnesota, North Branch, Minnesota or Horicon, Wisconsin
Irene Fraser Jackson ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to students interested in Library Sciences
John O. Kangas ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Moose Lake High School
Josephine L. Merriam ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to male students
Charles E. Merrill ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to descendants of maimed or wounded W.W.II veterans
Edgar Morrill ScholarshipAmount varies 
Carl & Eloise Pohlad ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Financial need considered
Gamma Omicron Beta ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to legacies of Gamma Omicron Beta Sorority
Kevin Herkenhoff Memorial ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Alumni Association Scholarship$2,000 for one year 
Schott Family ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate from the Chicago area of Illinois
Harold Soine Memorial ScholarshipAmount varies 
Richard Gary Stone ScholarshipAmount varies 
Dr. Robert Mossefin ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minnesota
Melvin Levin ScholarshipAmount varies 
North Texas UMAA Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies
UMAA Dakota County Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies 
UMAA West Central Lakes Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies 
UMAA St. Croix Valley Minnesota Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies 
TLD ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Support students who have lost a parent to cancer.
University Honors Program Scholarship$2,000 each year for four years
Undergraduate Research Scholarship$1,700 for one year
Harriet B. & Ester Snyder Merrill ScholarshipAmount varies
Dawn Christine Hanna Memorial ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Owatonna High School
Accenture ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Interest in business or technology
Judith and Patrick Henry ScholarshipAmount varies
Oelkers ScholarshipAmount varies
  • First generation college student, graduates from a MN high school located in school district 279
  • Preference for students enrolled in CLA
S.I. Marvin ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference for children or grandchildren of current or retired employees of Marvin Windows and Doors or its subsidiaries
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Need-Based Academic Scholarships

Demonstration of financial need is required for the following academic scholarships. To be considered for these awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1 of their senior year.

Dave Larson Scholarship$21,500 over four years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
Buuck Family Scholarship$5,000 each year for four years
  • Commitment to volunteerism
Olseth Family Scholarship$23,000 over four years
  • Academic performance & demonstrated leadership
Leslie ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Minnesota high schools in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Preference given to first generation students
Donovan O. Adamek ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of a public high school in Todd County, Minnesota
Harry F. Albert ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to residents of St. Paul, Minnesota
Bentson/Niblick Scholarship$2,500 each year for four years
  • Preference given to National Merit Finalists
Arthur Barlow ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Sleepy Eye High School in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and potential, leadership, and community involvement
Anna Rose and Lawrence Biever Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to students who participated in 4-H
Laura and Arthur Brecher Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to American Indians who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in the federally recognized tribe the Oglala Sioux Tribe/Oglala Lakota Nation
  • Preference given to students studying in the areas of nursing, health, pre-med, or other health related fields.
Doepke ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to American Indian students from Minnesota
Mary L. Edwards ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Preference given to students who plan to major in science or engineering
Martha Enbody ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of a Hennepin County high school in Minnesota
S.I. Marvin ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Child or grandchild of current or retired employees of Hormel Foods Corporation or its subsidiaries
Mildred Hunter Evans ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to a resident of Lyon County, Minnesota
Leon & Ida Finkelstein Memorial ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Preference given to children of Jewish parents who have lost a parent due to divorce or death.
Morton S. Katz Scholarship$1,000 each year for four years  
Warren C. Locke ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jay & Rose Phillips Family Scholarship$2,000 each year for two years
  • Minnesota resident or eligible for MN Dream Act
  • Supports Presidential Scholarship recipients
Alvin B. and Bailie Sheehan ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Resident of Hennepin County, Minnesota
St. Paul Central ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of St. Paul Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Preference given to students with strong math aptitude
Harriet Snow Sutton Memorial Scholarship$500 for one year  
Germain J. Vigeant Scholarship Amount varies
  • Preference given to graduates from Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota
Harold C. Wieman ScholarshipAmount varies for one year
  • Graduate of LeSueur-Henderson High School in Minnesota
Herbert E. Olson ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of Bemidji High School
Annexstad Family Foundation Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship$25,000 over four years
  • Preference given to Minnesota residents
Coca-Cola Scholarship$5,000 for one year  
Bay Area UMAA ScholarshipAmount varies
  • California resident
  • Preference given to students from the eleven-county Bay Area
Vulcan Community Charities ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduate of a high school located in St. Paul, MN
  • Commitment to community service
Power of One Scholarship$5,000 for one year
Bud and Norma Crewdson ScholarshipAmount varies 
Yetka Family ScholarshipAmount varies 
Barbara and Robert de la Vega ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference given to students majoring in the fields of math, engineering, and science.
Nicollet Chapter if AA ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Provide support to students who have directly been by alcoholism in their personal or family life.
UMAA Washington, D.C. Chapter ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Reside in Washington, D.C. the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the State of Maryland
Larry and Mary Laukka ScholarshipAmount varies
Wen Ping Pan ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Chinese-American descent or non-immigrant Chinese students
  • Preference given to students who have attended Tsing Hua University in Beijing, China
Bill & Carol Riley ScholarshipAmount varies
Norbert and Eve Johnson ScholarshipAmount varies
Roger Young Opportunity ScholarshipAmount varies
Pass Family ScholarshipAmount varies
Immigrant Opportunity ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Preference for 1st or 2nd generation immigrants
Brian L. Fitterer$5,000 each year for four years
  • Preference given to students majoring in the fields of Math, Applied Econ, Business, Medicine & Health, Engineering, Computer Science, or Accounting
Jack Schmidt ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Students who have been directly affected by addiction and/or depression and is a transfer student
Results Foundation ScholarshipAmount varies
  • Graduates of high schools in the cities of Minneapolis or St. Paul, MN and preference for those that have engaged in community based volunteerism
Tobin and Susan Jones ScholarshipAmount varies
  • American Indian and are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe
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International Scholarships

All international freshmen and transfer students on F1 visas who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2018-19 academic year, the freshmen scholarships are $10,000 and $5,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $5,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarship on a funds-available basis. Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application. A small number of additional need-based scholarships for international students are available through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). For more information on the specific criteria and to submit an application for these scholarships, please visit http://passport.umn.edu/undergrad/costs.

Gold Global Excellence Scholarship $10,000 each year for up to 4 years
  • Top 5-10% of graduating class
  • Students must be studying on an F-1 visa.
Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship$5,000 each year for up to 4 years
  • Top 15-20% of graduating class
  • Students must be studying on an F-1 visa.
Undergraduate Research ScholarshipUp to $1,700
  • Interest in undergraduate research, scholarly or creative experience

This information is subject to change without notice.

  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo uses proceeds to provide scholarships and grants to Texas students each year.

    —melanie feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood chef tackles another year as chief cook for rodeo championship BBQ team,"24 Feb. 2018

  • Top prize is a $2,000 club scholarship and an invitation to compete in the 2019 College Fishing National Championship.

    —frank sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report,"23 Feb. 2018

  • Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.

    —CBS News, "Louisville ordered to vacate 2013 men's basketball title after NCAA denies appeal,"20 Feb. 2018

  • The Buckeyes only have five defensive ends on scholarship and two, Nick Bosa and Chase Young, may both be on their way to the NFL by the end of the 2019 season.

    —tim bielik, cleveland.com, "Five-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele from Hawaii schedules unofficial visit to Ohio State: Buckeyes football recruiting,"19 Feb. 2018

  • Indian Prairie School District 204 high school seniors who are finalists for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million through the National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced.

    —staff report, Will County, "District 204 announces National Merit finalists,"14 Feb. 2018

  • Diocese officials said students in the new school are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

    —sarah freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Four Aurora Catholic grade schools to consolidate,"6 Feb. 2018

  • At press time, $40,000 has so far been raised from the event, including $5,000 each for eight scholarships to date.

    —sergio carmona, Jewish Journal, "Annual bike ride and walk benefits Boys Town Jerusalem,"2 Feb. 2018

  • Proceeds go toward college scholarships and charities and local Marine families.

    —linda mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kiwanians to run Pancake Breakfast for 52nd year...more events,"1 Feb. 2018

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