Scholarships for Future Freshmen

CLA Scholarships for Future Freshmen

The College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with generous collegiate benefactors, is proud to offer a multitude of scholarships to future freshmen. Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement, financial need, special talents, interests, and qualities, or other criteria defined by the scholarship donor. You are considered an entering freshman if you are still a high school student, or if you haven't enrolled in any college courses after graduating from high school.

How do I apply for scholarships?
In CLA, you're automatically considered for CLA collegiate scholarships by submitting an application for admission to the U of M. We don't have a separate application for scholarships! This helps make the process easier for you.

Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission by either the first (November 1) or second (January 1) application deadlines. Students who apply after that date will be considered on a funds-available basis. For more information about the admissions process, call 1-800-752-1000 or visit the University of Minnesota's freshman admissions page.

What scholarships are available?
The typical freshman scholarship from CLA is a collegiate award of $1,000 to $7,000 per year, for up to four years. These scholarships are based on criteria established by the donors for each scholarship. For example, criteria may include scholastic achievement, consistency of academic record, extracurricular and leadership activities, major and career objectives, place of residence, grade level, or financial need, etc.

In addition to collegiate scholarships, students are offered awards through recruiting CLA departments as well as experiential learning programs. An example of the unique scholarships CLA offers is below:

Dean’s First-Year Research & Creative Scholars Program: First-year students to CLA who express an interest in research will be considered for a one-year research scholarship program. Students learn about research in liberal arts and are paired with a faculty mentor to gain experience. There is no application for this program. Additional information found here

How are recipients selected?
The Scholarship Committee will assess admission applications and make decisions based on the information submitted.

How will I be notified?
Award notices will be sent by the Office of Admissions to recipients by the end of March of their senior year in high school. If you also applied for financial aid (completed the FAFSA or a DREAM act equivalent), you will receive a second letter in April that outlines your complete financial aid package, including grants, scholarships, loans, expected parental contribution, etc.

If I don't receive a scholarship as an incoming freshman, are there other opportunities to apply for scholarships?
Yes. For information, see our scholarship information for current CLA students.

We strongly encourage all future freshmen and transfer students to:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (code 003969)​ or a Dream Act Application, available at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dream Act website, for financial need consideration

Additional Resources 

For questions on scholarships and financial aid available to future freshmen or transfer students, please visit the University of Minnesota’s Admissions website on Scholarships

Specific CLA Questions

Please email claschol@umn.edu