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Outside Scholarships

These scholarships are usually awarded by organizations not directly affiliated with the University. Outside scholarships count toward meeting your financial need.

If you receive an outside scholarship that does not appear on your Financial Aid Award Notification, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Federal regulations require that your aid package be adjusted to match your need if your total award plus your outside scholarship(s) exceeds your financial need. In addition, institutional funds may be reduced based upon the amount of outside aid a student may receive from outside sources.

If you receive an outside scholarship, please ask the awarding organization to send the aid check (made payable to you and the University of Minnesota, Crookston) to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Organizations generally require full-time registration; however, check with the donor organization to be sure.

Agencies such as Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Job Services, etc., often award students a specific amount for Fall Semester. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will assume these funds will be received for the full academic year and will adjust a student’s eligibility accordingly.

If the funds are not received in subsequent terms contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and another revision will be completed.



Outside Scholarship Opportunities

We encourage you to research and apply for as many outside scholarships as possible. An hour or two of your time may end up being worth a scholarship. Below are scholarship opportunities for which Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has received notification. UMC is not affiliated with these scholarships.

General Scholarships

Adoption Option Committee Scholarship
Applications may be downloaded from or

Affinity Plus Foundation Scholarship
 Applications may be downloaded from

Please visit website for more information and deadlines.

Blogging/Essay Scholarship has a scholarship available to all students. Application criteria and information is available at

Campus Discover Scholarship
Scholarship to the student who best answers the question:  "What advice would you give parents and/or students about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience?"
To be eligible, an applicant must:
*Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
*Be currently studying for an undergraduate degree
*Have completed at least one year of studies at his/her school
*Be studying or have studied full-time Can view online application and rules at

Please visit website to view multiple scholarships. 

Lavon H. Cooper District 281 Scholarship
Criteria: For graduates of Robbinsdale, MN School District 281 who have completed at least two years of post high school education and have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Please go to for more information and to apply.

Liberal Arts and General Studies Degrees
Undergraduate Academic Award
A $500 academic award given to a student pursuing an associate or bachelor degree program emphasizing Liberal Arts, General Studies, or Humanities.

Marshall H. & Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund
Deadline: Please see website
Criteria: Must be...

McDonald's Education Scholarships
McDonald's offers scholarships to students and employees of the company. Please see website for deadlines and further details.
Deadline: Please see website has a scholarship program to help future Minnesota employees get the skills they need.
Criteria: We select, at random, one recipient that has completed our online form each quarter. The student will be announced on our web site and contacted directly. The award money will be sent to the school and will be applied to the student's tuition. Only one scholarship will be awarded per student per year. The student must be at least 18 years old at the time of the award. All awards are subject to verification. At least 75% of credits must be earned through classroom training.

National Scholars Honor Society
Please visit website to view multiple scholarships.

Norma Bigger Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: Two, $150 scholarships to Polk County students who are majoring in an area such as Nutrition and Health, Financial Management, Energy and Environment, Clothing and Textiles, or Children, Youth and Families. Can be a current UMC student or an incoming high school senior.
Applications can be requested from the UMC Financial Aid Office.


Public Safety Officer's Survivor Grant Program
Deadline: Open
Criteria: Be a dependent child less than 23 years of age or the surviving spouse of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1973.

Resume Companion Scholarship
Resume Companion - Schools and Universities Outreach $1000 Scholarship - available each semester to one talented student who can write the best resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character.

The Sallie Mae Fund
Deadline: Open
Requirements: The Sallie Mae Fund sponsors several scholarship programs and supports hundreds of other college scholarships. All of our programs are based on financial need, as The Fund seeks to bridge the dollar gap when no one else can.

The Do-Over Scholarship   
Deadline:  Please see website
Criteria:  Winners will be chosen based on their responses (250 words or less) to the given topic:  "If you were given one 'do-over,' would you:  (a) use it for yourself; (b) give it to another person;  or (c)  choose not to use it?  Please explain your choice." Must be a legal resident of the U.S. or the District of Columbia . 
May apply online at 

Undergraduate Distance Learning Degrees
Academic Award
A $500 academic award given to a student pursuing a distance learning associate or bachelor degree program. Available to all part-time or full-time undergraduate students completing an online degree program.

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship
Deadline: Please visit the website.
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships are open to high-school seniors, currently enrolled college students or incoming college students who: Plan to enroll or are enrolled in full- or half-time undergraduate or full-time graduate- or professional-degree coursework at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school. GED recipients also are eligible. If studying abroad, are attending or planning to attend a postsecondary institution that is eligible to participate in student-aid programs under Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act.

U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
Criteria: Available to high school seniors and college undergraduates
No essays
Program runs October through March

Walsh County Homemakers Junior Scholarship
Criteria: Candidates must currently be enrolled in a College of Human Development and majoring in any of the following: Apparel and Textiles, Family Management and Interior Design, Child Development and Family Science, Food and Nutrition, Hotel-Motel Management, Food Science, Dietetics or Family and Consumer Science Education.
Application available at the UMC Financial Aid Office


Agricultural & Natural Resources Scholarships

AEE Twin Cities Scholarship
Deadline: April 1st
Criteria: Given to student intending pursuit of a career in Energy Engineering or Energy Management.

Alltech Young Scientist Award
To participate, students must write a scientific paper based on a topic in animal science, dairy science, veterinary science, agronomy, biological sciences or other related disciplines. Please visit for deadline and requirements.

Barnes County Corn & Soybean Plot Scholarship
Application: Contact the Financial Aid Office
Awarded to students enrolled in an agriculture related field. Qualifying schools include: Litchville-Marion-Montpelier, North Central of Barnes, Wimbledon-Courtney, Maple Valley and Valley City.

Beef Industry Scholarship
Deadline: Please visit the website.
Criteria: Students must be working toward an agricultural degree with proof of college registration. A 750 word essay that identifies key issues confronting the beef industry is required. Scholarship is open to high school seniors through college juniors and will be applied toward tuition for the following school year.

Chamber Ag Committee of the Valley City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Students must have graduated from one of the following five schools in and around the Barnes county area. These schools include Maple Valley, North Central of Barnes, Wimbledon-Courtney, Litchville-Marion-Montpelier, and Valley City. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural related field.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Izaak Walton League of America; Minnesota Division
Click on above link to access the application form. Preference given to students in Environmental Education, Environmental Law, Wildlife Management, or other conservation-oriented programs.

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club (LMGC)
Deadline: Nov. 14th
Application: See the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information
Criteria: Preference will be given to non-freshman students enrolled in a Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Botany, Ecological Restoration, Garden History & Design, Urban Forestry and Environmental Science. “C” grade average or higher.

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
Click on above link to get deadline information. Preference given to upperclassmen in Soybean Agronomy, Soil Science, or Soybean Genetics.

National FFA Scholarship
Deadline: Feb. 22nd
Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics

To apply go to:

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Award
Click on above link to get deadline & eligibility requirements. Scholarship application is also available at this link.  

SWANA MN Land of Lakes Chapter Scholarships
Criteria:  MN College students currently enrolled in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Health, Environmental Sciences, Soil Science, Solid Waste Management or other environmental related programs at post High School educational institutions located in Minnesota are eligible to apply.  Preference is given to undergraduate students who have sophomore standing or higher and graduate students.

For application and information contact:
Thomas R. Halbach (c/o SWANA Scholarship Committee)
Room 439 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul , MN 55108-6028
Phone:  612-625-3135


The Fruit Company Gift Basket Entrepreneur Award

1. Open to graduate of ANY U.S. high school
2. Business or Agriculture majors
3. Award amount - $4000

For application go to The Fruit Company Gift Basket Entrepreneur Award Application


Business/Accounting Scholarships

DegreeDirectory Academic Business Scholarship
Criteria: Must be a student pursuing a business related major including:  Business Administration, Information Systems Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship.  Selection is based on academic history, extracurricular activities, and employment history.  Financial need is not considered. – Academic Award
$500 scholarship ­ for ALL BUSINESS students.

Minnesota Association of Public Accountants Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate students entering their junior year who are enrolled in a degree program at an accredited 4-year college or university, majoring in accounting with the intention to practice in the field of public accounting, and have at least a 2.5 or better GPA.
Must be a U.S. citizen and a MN resident.
If you would like a scholarship application, please click on the above link to download application.

Morocco Tours Academic Business Scholarship
Criteria: Open to students pursuing a business degree in the following fields: Business Administration, Information Systems Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship who have a desire to apply their learning in North Africa or the Middle East.

Odenza Marketing Scholarship

Deadline: March 30th
1.) Must be between the ages of 16 and 25 on March 30, 2012
2.) Submit answers to the essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the March 30th deadline.

To apply go to: - Scholarship for Finance & Economics
Amount of Award: $1,000
Deadline: December 15, 2013
Finance, Economics, Investment, Business


The Fruit Company Gift Basket Entrepreneur Award

1. Open to graduate of ANY U.S. high school
2. Business or Agriculture majors
3. Award amount - $4000

For application go to The Fruit Company Gift Basket Entrepreneur Award Application


Communications Scholarships

North Suburban Communications Commission Scholarship
Criteria: Applicants must reside in the cities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Moundsview, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, St. Anthony or Shoreview, Minnesota. Must be studying Mass Communications, Journalism, Television Production, or similar course of study and/or who have demonstrated an interest in cable or community television will be given preferential treatment.
Please visit for more information.


Computer Majors

Computer Science and Computer Engineering Degrees
Undergraduate Academic Award
A $1,000 academic award given to a student pursuing a degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Areas of study that will be considered include computer science, computer engineering, computer information systems, software engineering, database management, computer networking, computer programming and information technology management.


Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Degrees
Undergraduate Academic Award
A $500 academic award given to a student pursuing any associate or bachelor degree program emphasizing Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement. Areas of study that will be considered include criminal justice, law enforcement, homeland security, sociology with law/criminal emphasis, corrections, computer forensics, and forensic psychology, among others.


Disabilities Scholarships

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Deadline: Please visit the website.
All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution.


Diversity Scholarships

American Indian College Fund Corporate Scholars Program
Please visit website for more information.

American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) Scholarship
Please visit website for more information and deadlines.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Women Educators of the World Organization)
Deadline: April 25th
Scholarships are to aid outstanding women who are planning a career in education. For an application, please stop by the UMC Financial Aid Office.

Ethel Curry Scholarship
Interested applicants must have documentation of any Minnesota-based American Indian affiliation. See Scholarship application at the link above for more information.

Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
The Hispanic College Fund provides scholarships to over 700 outstanding Hispanic college students across America . HCF is looking for the next generation of engineers, business executives, scientists, and health professionals with the drive to become leaders of America 's professional workforce. Awards are based on academic merit and financial need.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF is the nation's leading Hispanic educational organization and provides more college scholarships to the Latino community than any other organization.

Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander American*, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Please go to to download application and nomination forms.

Jackie Robinson Scholarship Program
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,200 annually to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. You must be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award.

Minnesota GLBT Educational Fund
On this page is a list of the GLBT Scholarship programs available in Canada and the U.S.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program
Deadline: Please visit website
Applications are available online or by stopping by the UMC Financial Aid Office.

Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund
Deadline: Please visit website
Criteria: Scholarships will be awarded to a woman attending UMC, with preference given to an older than average female student.  Additional criteria listed on linked application.

Page Education Foundation
The Page Education Foundation awards annually renewable grants to Minnesota students of color who attend colleges, universities, and technical schools within the state of Minnesota. Students who accept financial aid from the Foundation are required to return to their communities and perform annual Service-to-Children projects with younger children of color. Successful candidates must demonstrate financial need, a positive attitude toward education, agree to perform an annual community service project, and attend a post-secondary institution within the state of Minnesota. Recipients must reapply each year they are in post-secondary school and receive subsequent grants based on their academic progress and mentoring performance.

PFund Scholarship
Criteria: Scholarships are available for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender (GLBT) students or students from a GLBT family. Scholarships typically range from $2000 to $5000. If you have any questions, please contact them at 612-870-1806 or 1-800-435-1402 or email .
Information available at

The Point Foundation: A Scholarship Lifeline for LGBT Students
Scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

White Earth Scholarship Program
Applications are available at
The White Earth Scholarship Program is an incentive based program. UMC's Financial Aid Office will determine your award based upon the results of your completed FAFSA. The FAFSA is a requirement for consideration.
Criteria: Must be an enrolled member of MCT-White Earth Band, apply at least 8-12 weeks prior to the day classes begin, be accepted to a university or technical college, complete the FAFSA, and have a high school diploma or GED.

Women's Transportation Seminar - Minnesota Chapter Scholarships
Scholarship is open to women pursuing a career in transportation related fields. Please visit for more information.


Education Scholarships

Audrey Erskine Scholarship
Please visit for more information.


Healthcare Profession Scholarships

Bishop Afonya Healthcare Scholarships
Application Deadline: Please visit website
This scholarship is in honor and memory of his father, Bishop Afonya, Dr. Idatonye I. Afonya has established through the RiverView Health Foundation.  The annual $1,000 scholarship will be offered to qualified individuals within RiverView Healthcare Association's primary service area that includes Crookston and other communities within a 20-30 mile radius of the RiverView Healthcare hospital.  Students must be pursuing a post secondary or higher education and career advancement in the healthcare field.  Applicants must be enrolled, or give intention to enroll, in a higher education healthcare field of study at a certified higher education institution and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications are available through the RiverView Health Foundation Office by calling 218-281-9249, the RiverView Health website @ (Foundation Link), emailing Kent Bruun Foundation Director at, or by stopping by the Foundation office.

Health Professionals Pre-graduate Scholarship
Deadline: Please visit the website.
Requirements: Must be American Indian or Alaska Native.

Heart Research Scholarship, Sponsored by the NWA Pilots' Wives Club
Application deadline: Please visit website
Minnesota students who are graduating high school seniors, college freshman, sophomores and juniors with an interest in the health science are eligible. Applicants must be Minnesota residents and attending a Minnesota high school or college.

Thomas C. Lenertz Healthcare Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded annually to a recipient from RiverView's service area that is pursuing post secondary education in a healthcare field. Applications can be obtained by contacting RiverView Heath Foundation at 218-281-9249, emailing, or by stopping by the Foundation office. – Academic Award
$500 scholarship ­ For ALL NURSING & HEALTH-RELATED PROFESSION students, please see website for more information:

Tylenol Scholarship
Deadline: Please visit the website.
Awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing health related careers.


International/Study Abroad Scholarships

 The Gilman Scholarship
Please visit the website for details.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
Educational grants are available for women from developing countries, 25 years old or over and enrolled in universities in the US and Canada. Please visit for details and an application.


Math, Science & Technology

Computer Science and Computer Engineering Academic Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to a student pursuing a career in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Areas of study that will be considered include computer science, computer engineering, computer information systems, software engineering, database management, computer networking, computer programming and information technology management. Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities. Degree level and financial need will not be considered.

Minnesota High Tech Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: Please see website
Criteria: Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching. STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Consideration given to needy students with an unmet need of $2000.


Veteran & Dependent Scholarships

AFCEA Educational Fund
The AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (to include Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom Operations.  Candidates must be currently enrolled and attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States.  Candidates must be majoring in the following or related fields:  electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering, computer engineering technology, computer information systems, information systems management, computer science, physics, mathematics, or science or mathematics education.

American Legion Scholarship
American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students. Applicant must be a member of the American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made.  The applicant must also be a student who has had at least one year of college and is in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree.  Check with your local American Legion for additional scholarship opportunities.

AMVETS - Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship is awarded to veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, who are seeking new skills in order to be competitive in the job market.

AMVETS National Scholarship Program
The AMVETS National Scholarship Program is available to financially assist veterans who have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to continue their education.

Army Emergency Relief: Dependent Children Scholarship Program
The MG James Ursano Scholarship program is for dependent children of Soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased while in active or retired status.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund
Administered by Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Requirements: Dependent children, stepchildren or legally adopted children of Army Soldiers on active duty, retired, or deceased. Please check website for more details.

Military Education Scholarships
Undergraduate or graduate students who are current or prospective ROTC students, active-duty military personnel with plans to attend college, honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military, or the sons or daughters of U.S. veterans or active-duty personnel. 

Minnesota National Guard Scholarships
This website has a list of scholarship opportunities that members of the Minnesota National Guard may qualify for.

Minnesota Solider Learning Scholarships available through VFW Auxiliary
Scholarships  will be awarded to MN veterans through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. Any veteran who has at least 180 days of active duty service is eligible to apply for a scholarship. Applicant must attach military record with application. An essay of 75 words or less describing how a scholarship will aid their education must be attached. Applications are available at the UMC Financial Aid Office or by contacting the Crookston VFW Club, Twylla Altepeter secretary of the VFW Club at 218-281-6582.

New GI Bill
Check out information about the NEW GI Bill. Changes have been made since 9/11 and veterans may be eligible for benefits.

Pat Tillman Foundation
The Pat Tillman Foundation has announced that the new Leadership Through Action - Tillman Military Scholars program is accepting applications.  Individuals eligible for the Leadership Through Action - Tillman Military Scholars program include veterans and active service members of both pre- and post-9/11 service; service members who wish to start, finish, or further their education; service members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve); service members pursuing undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, two-year, four-year, public, private, vocational, and trade degrees or certifications; and dependants of service members (children and spouses).


Scholarship Search Services

Many free scholarship search services on the Web provide information on scholarships available nationwide. Some of them are listed below for your convenience. These are external sites and UMC does not monitor or endorse the content. Be aware of scholarship scams and avoid fee based financial aid search companies.

The College Board:
Diversity FIRST Scholarships:
EduPrep: Get Ready for college:
FACT Information Network presents Scholarships 101:
FinAID: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid: Paying for College Just Got Easier:
Higher Education Veterans Programs:
Hobson's College View: Your career, college & financial aid solution:
Mach 25: Breaking the Tuition Barrier:
Minnesota Office of Higher Ed.
Minnesota Veterans: finding money for school just got easier:
Scholarship Resource Network Express: Free College Scholarship Search & Financial Aid resource:
The Scholarship Page:
Wired Scholar: the planning for college destination:
Yahoo Financial Aid Scholarship Search:


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