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)
- December 15, 2021: Deadline to submit your scholarship essay
- Week of January 17, 2022: All Round One participants notified of awards
- Week of January 24, 2022: Students with the top-scoring entries invited to participate in Round Two interviews
- February 1, 2022: Deadline to RSVP for the Community of Scholars on-campus Celebration of Academic Achievement Day
- Week of February 7, 2022: Online individual interviews Round Two interviews
- Week of February 21, 2022: Round Two participants notified of awards
Eligible students interested in competing for scholarships must submit a response by 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2021. Pick one of the three prompts below for your essay submission (maximum of 750 words).
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
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 during the week of February 7, 2022, and will take place online via Zoom.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is 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 during the week of January 17, 2022. Round Two participants will receive notification by the week of February 21, 2022.
How do I earn a music scholarship?
More information coming soon!
What if I want to visit campus?
Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
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?
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 by the week of January 24.
When will I find out when my interview is?
Invited students will receive several date/time options during the week of January 24, 2022. 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.