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Community of Scholars 2022

The 2022 Community of Scholars scholarship event is an opportunity for eligible students to be considered for our top academic scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

Only entering first-year students who receive one of UMN Morris’s Achievement Awards are eligible to participate in Community of Scholars. The University of Minnesota Morris’s top scholarships are awarded through this scholarship competition and include:

Distinguished Scholars Award—$1,500 scholarly stipend, plus your previously awarded Achievement Scholarship package

Morris Scholars Award—$24,000 scholarship package ($6,000 per year), plus a $2,500 scholarly stipend

Prairie Scholars Award—full-tuition scholarship package (4 years)


SCHEDULE

  • March 14, 2022: Deadline to submit your scholarship essay
  • Early April 2022: All Round One participants notified of awards. Students with the top-scoring entries invited to participate in Round Two interviews
  • Mid-April: Online individual interviews Round Two interviews
  • Late April: Round Two participants notified of awards

ROUND ONE

Eligible students interested in competing for scholarships must submit a response by 11:59 p.m. on March 14, 2022. Pick one of the three prompts below for your essay submission (maximum of 750 words).

  1. A UMN Morris education helps students put their passions into action (for example: continuing the campus mission of environmental sustainability, volunteering for meaningful causes, researching ways to solve challenges). Ultimately, everyone has a vision. What’s yours?
  2. A liberal arts education is a core part of who we are at UMN Morris. Tell us what a liberal arts education means to you—how is it valuable? How will you integrate a liberal arts education into your academic journey and future?
  3. There are myriad challenges facing us globally, nationally, and locally. Begin your response with the following sentence: “I’m afraid this is urgent.” From there, identify the problem and address your proposed resolution.

To submit your response, simply log in to your student portal below.

ROUND TWO

Students with the top-scoring entries from Round One will be invited to compete for Prairie Scholars Awards. Individual interviews for these students will be scheduled mid-February, and will take place online via Zoom.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Questions

Who is eligible to participate in Community of Scholars?

Entering first year students who receive one of UMN Morris’s Achievement Awards, and who did not compete in the Fall 2021 COS competition, are eligible to participate in Community of Scholars.

How many students participate?

In a typical year, more than 300 scholarship finalists participate in the Community of Scholars event.

When will I find out if I have received one of the scholarships?

Our goal is to notify Round One participants whether or not they have received a scholarship in early April. Round Two participants will receive notification at that same time.

How do I earn a music scholarship?

To be considered for the Clyde Johnson Scholarship, students should prepare a performance of a solo piece.

Guidelines for the solo piece submission include the following:

  • Your high school music teacher or private music instructor can help you create your video.
  • A cell phone video recording is acceptable.
  • Literature that requires a collaborative pianist should be performed with one.
  • If you would like to use a UMN Morris collaborative pianist, please let us know no later than two weeks before your audition and submit a clean .pdf copy of your music at that time.
  • If you are applying in multiple performance areas, you must submit a separate video in each area.
  • You may choose to audition in-person on one of the designated audition dates or submit a video recording of a prepared piece as well as the other required application materials.

Auditions

Sign up for an audition

Questions?

If you have questions or would like more information, reach out to Hannah Amundson

What if I want to visit campus?

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

Email your admissions counselor or contact us directly at ummadmis@morris.umn.edu.

Round One FAQ

What are you looking for with my scholarship submission?

There are no “right” answers to the questions we have provided. Your submission is an opportunity to creatively express how a UMN Morris education aligns with your goals and interests and why being a part of the UMN Morris community is important to you.

How do I submit my work?

Click on the submission link and log in to your student portal.

How will my submission be judged/scored?

Your submission will be evaluated by a group of faculty, staff, and alumni.

Will you take into account anything besides my submission when determining if I receive a scholarship?

Our scholarship awarding process is holistic and takes into account submission scores; your academic achievements; and extracurricular, leadership, and community involvement.

Round Two FAQ

When will I find out if I'm invited to participate in Round Two?

Students invited to participate in Round Two will be notified in early April.

When will I find out when my interview is?

Invited students will receive several date/time options mid-April. After a date and time is selected, each student will receive an email with a Zoom link and additional information.

How can I prepare for the online individual interview in Round Two?

The interviews are a way for members of the UMN Morris community to get to know you better—and for you to get to know members of the community. Relax and be yourself. To prepare, you may want to browse our website and familiarize yourself with campus opportunities and programs and think about how you would utilize those programs.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code, and scholarship recipients are not judged on attire, but remember that looking your best can help you feel your best. Choosing a business casual look might help you feel professional and ready for your interview! Keep in mind that you will be visible to your interviewers in this virtual environment, so please dress appropriately and keep your background free from distractions. Download a branded Zoom background to use during the interviews.

Who will interview me?

You will talk with two members of the UMN Morris community. Alumni, faculty, and staff have volunteered and are excited to talk with you. They have not been part of the admissions process, so they will be meeting you for the first time, just as you are meeting them for the first time. The interview isn't meant to be intimidating. Think of this as an opportunity to tell your interviewers what you're passionate about and to get a feel for what life is really like on campus!

Will you take into account anything besides my interview when determining if I receive a scholarship?

Our scholarship awarding process is holistic and takes into account interview scores; your academic achievements; and extracurricular, leadership, and community involvement. Think of the interview as an opportunity to help us get to know you beyond what you've shared in your application.

Is there anything I need to do with my computer in advance of the virtual interview?

Your interview will be held via Zoom. If you have issues with accessing your interview, we will have technical support available.