Scholarships

Scholarships are a type of financial aid awarded to you and are often based on specific criteria, such as your major, GPA, or financial need.

General Scholarship 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).

Academic Level
Scholarship Type

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.

Financial Details

Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.

First Year
Automatic

American Indian Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship was established by The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa with matching funds from the American Indian Education Foundation. Located in Northeastern Minnesota, The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation was established by the LaPointe Treaty of 1854 and is one of six reservations inhabited by members of the Chippewa tribe. The Chippewa nation is the second largest ethnic group of Indians in the United States. Archaeologists maintain that ancestors of the present day Chippewa have resided in the Great Lakes area since at least 800 A.D.

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Transfer

American Indian Tuition Waiver

The first buildings on the UMN Morris campus housed an American Indian boarding school. Administered by the Sisters of Mercy order of the Catholic Church and later by the United States government, the boarding school closed in 1909. The campus was then transferred to the State of Minnesota with the stipulation that American Indian students “shall at all times be admitted to such school free of charge for tuition.” 

In accordance with the American Indian tuition waiver, UMN Morris continues to admit American Indian students who qualify for admission on the same basis as other students free of charge for tuition, as mandated in federal law and state statute.

For the purposes of this waiver, “American Indian” is defined as

  • an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaskan Native Village, or Canadian First Nation;
  • a direct descendant of a parent or grandparent who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaskan Native Village, or Canadian First Nation; or
  • a direct descendant of a tribally verified member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, Alaskan Native Village, or Canadian First Nation, other than parent or grandparent.

Note: American Indian students do not need to establish residence on trust lands or be Minnesota residents.

American Indian Tuition Waiver Policy

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Transfer
Waiver

Beverley Wartman Munson Scholarship

Beverley Wartman Munson was a 1967 elementary education graduate who died in 1984. Her sister, Judy Wartman Schmidt Blair '73, and Judy's husband, Michael Blair, established the scholarship in her memory in 1999. Recipients are elementary education majors.

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Automatic
Renewable

Carrie Wickstrom Scholarship

A scholarship made it possible for Carrie Wickstrom to complete her West Central School of Agriculture education in 1929 and go on to college to become a teacher. Based on academic merit and financial need, recipients of the scholarship she established are students pursuing licensure in education with preference given to those intending to teach at the elementary level.

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Automatic

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.

Financial Details

Distributed in 2 equal parts over the two semesters of the following year as part of the recipient’s financial aid package.

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Competitive
Renewable

David and Jean Johnson International Service-Learning Scholarship

Given the specific nature of this scholarship, recipients must meet with both the Study Abroad Advisor and the Coordinator of the Office of Community Engagement to discuss the student’s plan and review best practices of service-learning.

  • In the fall or spring semester following their award, recipients are required to give a public presentation on the international service-learning work done with the scholarship. This is a specific event for scholarship recipients and former UMM Chancellor David Johnson generally attends.
  • It is highly encouraged that applicants complete a reflection activity. This will enrich their experience and provide a record that will help in developing the presentation component.

Distinguished Scholars

Distinguished Scholars receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship stipend.

Financial Details

Amount: $1,500

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).

First Year
Competitive

Elementary Education Alumni Scholarship

The Elementary Education Alumni Scholarship is awarded to an Elementary Education student based on academic merit. This scholarship is made possible by collective gifts from UMM education alumni.

Financial Details

Amount: $1,000

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Automatic

Estelle Lee Scholarship

This scholarship was created through the estate of Estelle Lundring Lee, a longtime resident of Morris and friend of the Morris campus. The scholarship assists those planning to teach in elementary, secondary, or higher education in obtaining a multi-cultural experience outside of Minnesota. It covers the course fee charged for students who go outside the sixty-mile service area for student teaching.

McCoy Kaufman Scholarship

One of four scholarships established by Edward Kaufman and the late Dorothybelle Kaufman of Appleton, Minnesota, in memory of their parents, the Kate McCoy Kaufman scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in elementary education. Students must have demonstrated academic excellence and potential in the field.

Renewable

Morris Scholars

Morris Scholars receive a $24,000 scholarship package, disbursed evenly over four years, plus a one-time $2,500 scholarship stipend.

Financial Details
  • $24,000 scholarship package, disbursed evenly over four years
  • $2,500 one time 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).
First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Competitive

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.

Timeline

September

The National Merit Scholarship Program selects and notifies Commended Students.

Commended Students provide the Office of Admissions documentation of their status to receive the $4,000 dispersed evenly over four years, renewable for up to four years.

The National Merit Scholarship Program selects and notifies Semi-Finalist Students.

Semi-Finalist Students provide the Office of Admissions documentation of their status to receive the $4,000 dispersed evenly over four years, renewable for up to four years.

January-February

The National Merit Scholarship Program selects and notifies Finalist Students.

March-April

The National Merit Scholarship Program selects and notifies National Merit Scholars Winners.

National Merit Finalists who choose Morris as their first-choice college will receive a full tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years.

June-July

National Merit confirms students’ attendance and enrollment at respective colleges.

September

Scholarship check award sent to college in Scholar’s name.

Financial Details

Up to $4,000 disbursed evenly over four years.

First Year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Renewable

Nonresident Tuition Waiver

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

Transfer
Automatic
Waiver

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.

Financial Details

$1,500 PTK Scholar Award (eligible for a total of two years or four semesters)

Transfer
Automatic

Prairie Scholars

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

Financial Details

Full tuition, for up to four years

First Year
Competitive
Renewable

Raise Me

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.

First Year

Ted Uehling Endowed Scholarship

Former students, friends, and family of the late Ted Uehling, professor of philosophy, established this scholarship to honor Ted’s extensive contributions to UMM and the impact he made on many students’ lives.

The Edna Murphy Morrison Scholarship

The Edna Murphy Morrison Scholarship will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  • Music major standing at the 3rd or 4th year level, will be attending UMM the following year;
  • Academic achievement, including but not limited to a high GPA, participation in UROP or URS, and/or other presentations
  • Outstanding ability in applied music performance or composition.
    Financial Details

    Distributed in 2 equal parts over the two semesters of the following year as part of the recipient’s financial aid package.

    The Hansen Memorial Scholarship

    The Hansen Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two students according to the following criteria:

    • Music major standing;
    • Outstanding academic performance in music courses required for the Music Major
    • Outstanding ability in applied music performance or composition
    • Overall academic excellence
    Financial Details

    Distributed in 2 equal parts over the two semesters of the following year as part of the recipient’s financial aid package.

    The Harold and Ann Meiss Music Scholarship

    The Harold and Ann Meiss Music Scholarship will be awarded according to the following criteria:

    • Music major
    • Academic level of any year
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Participation in performance activities, leadership roles, and satisfactory progress toward academic success.
    Financial Details

    Distributed in 2 equal parts over the two semesters of the following year as part of the recipient’s financial aid package.

    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.

    Transfer
    Automatic

    William R. King Scholarship

    Established by William R. King '73, who earned a bachelor of arts in elementary education, this scholarship is award to seniors planning to teach elementary education in rural Minnesota. Preference is given to students of color.

    Senior
    Automatic

    William R. Scarborough Memorial Award

    Presented annually to a senior enrolled in either the elementary or Elementary Education program, this award recognizes a student's demonstrated competence and potential for becoming an outstanding member of the teaching profession. William Scarborough joined the Morris faculty in 1966, made many contributions to public education in Minnesota, and served as chair of the Division of Education until his death in 1979.