Scholarships for Continuing Students

Scholarships for continuing students are awarded each year to academically talented students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts. To apply, you must be taking courses toward completing your declared CLA major and be planning to receive a bachelor’s degree from CLA. If you receive an award, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 30 credits over the supported scholarship year (fall and spring semesters only). You do not need to be enrolled in the University Honors Program to apply. All scholarships are reserved for students who intend to receive their bachelor's degree from CLA. If you plan to complete your undergraduate studies in a different college (e.g. Carlson School of Management, College of Biological Sciences, etc.), you are not eligible to receive a scholarship award from CLA.

In addition to CLA Continuing Student Scholarships, you may qualify for scholarships and awards offered by your department. Check your department website for information.

To Apply

To apply online, complete the 2017–2018 Application for the College of Liberal Arts Continuing Student Scholarships by Friday, February 10, 2017.

You only submit one application to be reviewed and considered for all the scholarships available to you. Your financial need is considered for all CLA awards.

If you want to be considered for need-based awards, you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. If updated FAFSA information is not available prior to scholarship committee reviews, information from the previous year will be reviewed.  The FAFSA application should be submitted no later than April 30, 2017.

Awards

Your award will be made for the 2017–2018 academic year. Half of the award amount will be dispersed at the beginning of each semester.

If you are awarded, you may receive funds from only one scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts during one academic year. You are allowed to receive an additional award made by a CLA department.

If you have received a four-year scholarship, you may apply for Continuing Student Scholarships, but you will receive the new award only if the amount is higher than your original scholarship.

To receive your CLA award, you must complete at least 30 credits in the 2017–2018 school year (at least 13 credits each semester). Please note that Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) courses do not count toward the 13-credit requirement.

Collegiate Scholarships

Students completing the Application for the College of Liberal Arts Continuing Student Scholarships are automatically considered for all of the following awards for which they are eligible.

Charles & Myrtle Stroud Scholarships

Charles & Myrtle Stroud Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support to outstanding CLA undergraduates. If you are awarded, you will receive up to $3,000 for the 2017–2018 academic year. Your awarded will be considered on the basis of academic merit and financial need. You must intend to declare a CLA major and pursue a CLA degree.

CLA Alumni Scholarship for a Martin Luther King (MLK) Program Student

The CLA Alumni Scholarship for a student enrolled in the Martin Luther King (MLK) Program provides a scholarship of approximately $3,000 to one student for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Students applying for this scholarship must be:

  • Current freshman (during 2016–2017) enrolled in the MLK program
  • Making good academic progress as a full-time student
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Intending to declare a CLA major and pursuing a CLA degree

CLA Alumni Scholarship for Outstanding Non-Traditional Students

The CLA Alumni Scholarship for Outstanding Non-Traditional Students provides a scholarship of approximately $3,000 for the 2017–2018 academic year to one student. A group of alumni and friends designed the award to recognize the unique role CLA plays in providing educational opportunities for students who do not meet the traditional definition of "college student."

Examples of non-traditional students include, but are not limited to, displaced homemakers, students with disabilities, individuals starting their college careers after age 23, students with family responsibilities, individuals experiencing mid-career change, etc.

The purpose of this award is to congratulate and encourage exceptional CLA students who have overcome remarkable odds by enrolling and successfully pursuing their college degrees.

Students applying for this scholarship must:

  • Be a non-traditional student
  • Have completed not more than 75 semester credits by the end of fall term 2016
  • Have an officially declared CLA major and an overall CLA cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Harriet Thwing Holden Scholarship

The Harriet Thwing Holden Scholarship provides one $2,000 sophomore-year award for the 2017–2018 academic year to a current CLA freshman (during 2016–2017) who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and who intends to declare a CLA major and pursue a CLA degree.

ITT Consumer Financial Corporation Scholarship

The ITT Consumer Financial Corporation Scholarship provides a scholarship of approximately $3,500 for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Students applying for this scholarship must:

  • Be a Minnesota resident and graduate from a Minnesota public or private high school
  • Have completed at least one year of academic study at the University by June 2017
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 
  • Be certified by the Office of Student Financial Aid as having financial need

Applicants for this scholarship must also submit the federal application for need-based financial aid by February 1, 2017. See the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Jason Leidahl Study Abroad

TheJason Leidahl Study Abroad Scholarship provides one year of scholarship to students who embody CLA's tradition of excellence.

Neil Anderson Scholarship

The Neil Anderson Scholarship provides one $2,500 sophomore-year award for the 2017–2018 academic year to a current CLA freshman (during 2016–2017) who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and who intends to declare a CLA major and pursue a CLA degree.

Selmer Birkelo Scholarship

Selmer Birkelo Scholarships provides one year of scholarship support for approximately 14 outstanding CLA students majoring in fields relating to history, modern languages, classics, or the social and behavioral sciences. Recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $4,000 for the 2017–2018 academic year. Students must intend to pursue a degree from CLA and may not be enrolled in any other college.

If you have a declared, eligible major (formally declared by Fall 2016) and you wish to be considered for this scholarship, you will have your application referred to your department or program for an initial screening; each eligible department or program may propose two or three nominees who will be considered for this award.

You must have completed at least 30, but normally not more than 75, semester credits by the end of fall term 2016. Your award is considered on the basis of academic merit, with particular attention paid to your depth of study in the major, general breadth of your coursework, and clarity of your academic purpose. Financial need is a consideration in determining your eligibility for award amounts.

Waller Scholarships

Waller Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support for approximately 75 CLA undergraduates and transfer students. If you receive this award, you will receive up to $3,000 for the 2017–2018 academic year. Your award is considered on the basis of academic merit, with some consideration given to co- or extra-curricular involvement.

Your financial need is a consideration in determining your award amount. You must have completed at least 60, but no more than 120, semester credits by the end of fall term 2016. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all college coursework, including transfer coursework. You must also have strong liberal arts interests and intend to pursue a degree from the College of Liberal Arts.

William E. Faragher Scholarship

The William E. Faragher Scholarship provides one award of $5,000 for the 2017–2018 academic year for a CLA student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better who is majoring in mathematics, statistics, or another science-related field and completing a CLA bachelor’s degree in one of these fields.

You may receive the scholarship for more than one year, as long as you are gainfully working toward a degree and continue to meet the guidelines. You are given preference if you are a Minnesota resident majoring in mathematics.