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Scholarships

Automatic Consideration - First-years

Students are immediately considered for a scholarship package upon admission to UMN Morris.

Achievement Awards

Based on information provided in the Application for Admission, admitted first-years will be considered for Achievement Awards. These are based on the student's core GPA, which includes math, science, social studies, foreign language, and English courses.

Award Level Unweighted Core GPA* Achievement Award (per year)
Tier 1 3.90 – 4.00 $5,000
Tier 2 3.75 – 3.89 $3,500
Tier 3 3.50 – 3.74 $2,000
Tier 4 3.25 – 3.49 $1,000

Nonresident Tuition Waiver

Nonresident and international students will be considered for a reduced tuition rate at the time of admission.

National Merit Scholarships

National Merit Finalists who choose UMN Morris as their first-choice college will receive a full tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars are eligible for up to $4,000 disbursed evenly over four years, renewable for up to four years. Students must provide the Office of Admissions with documentation of their National Merit status to receive the award. Learn more about the scholarship process.

Automatic Consideration - Transfer Students

Transfer Scholar Award

Students transferring to UMN Morris from a regionally accredited college, including other institutions within the University of Minnesota system, with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA (calculated based on transferable credits), qualify for a transfer scholarship package ranging from $3,000-$6,000 disbursed evenly for up to six consecutive semesters (does not include summer term). All transfer scholarships require students to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled for at least 12 credits at UMN Morris.

GPA calculated on transferable credit Award
4.00 – 3.75 $6000 over 6 semesters
3.74 – 3.50 $4500 over 6 semesters
3.49 – 3.25 $3000 over 6 semesters

Phi Theta Kappa Award

In addition to a Transfer Scholar Award, members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) receive an annual $1,500 PTK Scholar Award (eligible for a total of two years or four semesters). Proof of membership is required.

Nonresident Tuition Waiver

Nonresident and international students will be considered for a reduced tuition rate at the time of admission.

Competitive Scholarships - First-Years

To be considered, students must submit their application for admission and all required materials by December 15 of their senior year. Eligible first-year applicants will be invited to compete for our top scholarship packages. Learn more.

Prairie Scholars

Prairie Scholars receive a scholarship package equivalent to full tuition, renewable for up to four years.

Morris Scholars

Morris Scholars receive a $24,000 scholarship package, disbursed evenly over four years, plus a one-time $2,500 scholarship stipend. The stipend may be used during the second, third, or fourth year at Morris to engage in an eligible scholarship experience (e.g., to study abroad, to participate in a research or artistic project, or to travel to academic conferences).

Distinguished Scholars

Distinguished Scholars receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship stipend. The stipend may be used during the second, third, or fourth year at Morris to engage in an eligible scholarship experience (e.g., to study abroad, to participate in a research or artistic project, or to travel to academic conferences).

Music Scholarships - All Students

Clyde Johnson Music Scholarship

Clyde Johnson Music Scholarships honor Clyde Johnson, professor emeritus of music, who served UMN Morris from 1961 until 1999. Scholarships are awarded to selected University of Minnesota Morris students who are involved in music and completely cover the fees for one year of weekly individual music lessons in the student's chosen performance area. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

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.

If you have questions or would like more information, reach out to Catherine Hoffman.
 

Various other funds exist at UMN Morris through institutional programs and the generosity of our donors. These scholarships are awarded based on information provided in the Application for Admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will be a part of the final scholarship package. Visit the One Stop website for more information.

RaiseMe*

RaiseMe enables students to earn micro-scholarships throughout high school and college, starting as early as ninth grade. Students can earn for taking actions that best set them up for success, like getting good grades, joining an extracurricular activity, and attending a campus visit. Total earnings through RaiseMe represent a guaranteed minimum of the scholarship amount that a student will be awarded if admitted to the University of Minnesota Morris. Students must join RaiseMe and follow UMN Morris by November 1 of their senior year for their micro-scholar ships to count. Available for new first-year and transfer students.

*How RaiseMe Works

What you've earned for the University of Minnesota Morris on RaiseMe represents the minimum amount of scholarship you will receive if you apply, are admitted, and enroll. If, upon acceptance to UMN Morris, you receive a larger scholarship package, it's important to understand that the amount you earned on RaiseMe is included in, not in addition to, your final financial aid offer.

General Requirements

With the exception of the National Scholar Award, students must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to be eligible to receive any of these scholarships.

All renewable scholarships are awarded on a per-semester basis for fall or spring terms only and require students to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled for at least 12 credits. The Prairie Scholars Award, Morris Scholars Award, and National Merit Scholar Winner Awards will replace any previous scholarship package award offers. National Merit scholarships cannot be combined with the Prairie or Morris Scholars Award.

Final scholarship packages may consist of academic scholarships and donor-funded scholarship awards. A student's award may be adjusted if institutional and outside awards cause the award to go over the cost of attendance (COA).