The University of Minnesota offers undergraduate scholarships to international students based on merit and financial need.
Global Excellence Scholarships (merit-based awards)
All international freshmen and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2018-19 academic year, the freshmen scholarships are $10,000 or $5,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $5,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis. Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application.
International Student and Scholar Services Scholarships (need-based awards)
Various scholarships are available for new international students based on criteria such as financial need, academic merit, and educational goals. Students are required to complete an online application and several short essays for consideration. Applications for need-based scholarships must be completed no later than March 1, 2018. To be eligible for consideration for the need-based scholarships, students must complete their application for admission by the regular deadline (November 1 or January 1 for freshman applicants; transfer admission deadlines vary) and be admitted to the University of Minnesota by March 31.
Candidates are more likely to receive an award if they demonstrate financial need within the range of available scholarship funding. Last year, awards ranged between $1,000-$8,000. In awarding the need-based scholarships, the selection committee is guided by the following statement: The University values diversity, broadly defined, to include diversity of experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and talents. Enrolling a diverse community of scholars interested in learning with and from each other fosters discussion and discovery inside and outside of the classroom.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS)
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS) is awarded to high-achieving students with an interest in research. Recipients work on a research project with a faculty mentor and receive a stipend of approximately $1,400.
#YouAreWelcome Here Scholarship
The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will award two annual, renewable scholarships covering $15,000 per year. The scholarship is open to freshmen undergraduate international students of all academic majors and fields of study, and it can be applied to tuition costs.
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