Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen


The College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with generous collegiate benefactors, is proud to offer a multitude of scholarship awards to admitted incoming freshmen. Scholarships vary
in requirements, but most are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

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. 

To Apply 

The application for Freshman Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year will open on October 30, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of March 2018. 

Incoming freshmen scholarships are awarded to academically talented high school seniors who have been admitted to the College of Liberal Arts. 

Admitted freshmen who submit a scholarship application will be considered for all collegiate awards for which they are eligible. Your financial need is considered for all CLA collegiate awards. 

Collegiate Scholarships

If you complete the Application for College of Liberal Arts Freshman Student Scholarships, you are automatically considered for all of the following awards for which you are eligible:
 
Agnes T. Nelson Scholarship
The Agnes T. Nelson Scholarship provides $2,500 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the School of Music. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Alice, Thomas & Terence Kilburn Scholarship
The Alice, Thomas & Terence Kilburn Scholarship provides $6,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in theatre arts. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Anna & John Allen/Waller Scholarships
The Anna & John Allen/Waller Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are from Minnesota and you have a rural or farming background. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Betty Borman Freshman Merit Scholarship
The Betty Borman Freshman Merit Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Betty L. & Sidney L. Brown, and Shelley Brown Brundage Endowed Scholarship
The Betty L. & Sidney L. Brown, and Shelley Brown Brundage Endowed Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Beverly & Richard Fink Scholarship
The Beverly & Richard Fink Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Charles & Myrtle Stroud Scholarship
The Charles & Myrtle Stroud Scholarship provides up to $4,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Chester E. & Marion D. Groth Band - Music Scholarship II
The Chester E. & Marion D. Groth Band - Music Scholarship provides $6,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the School of Music. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Christian J. Gislason Scholarship
The Christian J. Gislason Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are studying Iceland, Icelandic cultures, and related areas. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
CLA 135th Anniversary Scholarship
The CLA 135th Anniversary Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your reward is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
CLA Alumni Scholarship
The CLA Alumni Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
CLA Dean's Scholar - College in the Schools German Award
The CLA Dean's Scholar - College in the Schools German Award provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. If you are a previous participant in the College in the Schools (CIS) German program and plan to major in German, you are eligible for this scholarship. The award decision is based on high school performance, test scores, indicated financial need, and teacher recommendation. You may keep the award up to four years if you declare and remain a German major in CLA.
 
Cleo Van Camp Bordwell & Frederick G. Bordwell Endowed Scholarship
The Cleo Van Camp Bordwell & Frederick G. Bordwell Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a BFA degree in theatre arts. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Dale Benner Harris Scholarship
The Dale Benner Harris Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Dale Schatzlein and Emily Maltz Dance Scholarship 
The Dale Schatzlein and Emily Maltz Dance Scholarship provides $8,500 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in dance or art. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Daniel & Joyce Wascoe Scholarship
The Daniel & Joyce Wascoe Scholarship provides $2,500 for up to four years. You are given preference if you are in the University Honors Program and pursuing a degree in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Donald C. & Mary J. Savelkoul Scholarship
The Donald C. & Mary J. Savelkoul Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the School of Music. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Donald N. Ferguson Scholarship
The Donald N. Ferguson Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the School of Music. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Egan-Lawless Family Scholarship
The Egan-Lawless Family Scholarship provides $2,500 per year for up to four years. You are eligible for this scholarship if you majoring in economics. Your award is considered based on high school performance, outstanding leadership achievements, unique work or service experience, first generation to attend college, and indicated financial need.
 
Emily Anne Tuttle Scholarship
The Emily Anne Tuttle Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a BFA degree in theatre arts. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Emma Carter Freeman Scholarship Fund
The Emma Carter Freeman Scholarship Fund provides $2,500 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Esther Johnson History Day Mentor Scholarship Fund
The Esther Johnson History Day Mentor Scholarship Fund provides $2,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you attended Minneapolis Public Schools and participated in the University of Minnesota's History Day. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Etta Halpern Scholarship
The Etta Halpern Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are in the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Evonne Lindberg Scholarship
The Evonne Lindberg Scholarship provides $2,500 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the Department of Art. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Freda Jordan Scholarship
The Freda Jordan Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you from Redwood County, Minnesota. Your award is considered based on high school performance, test scores, leadership and extracurricular involvement, and indicated financial need.
 
Frederick & Reeselynn Warburton Scholarship
The Frederick & Reeselynn Warburton Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Goldman Sachs - Eiger Family Scholarship
The Goldman Sachs - Eiger Family Scholarship provides $3,000 for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Guthrie Theater Board of Directors Scholarship
The Guthrie Theater Board of Directors Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are in the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Hannah Kellogg Dowell Scholarship
The Hannah Kellogg Dowell Scholarship provides $4,000 for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Harold E. & Louise A. Renquist Scholarship
The Harold E. & Louise A. Renquist Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Harriet Stoll Memorial Scholarship
The Harriet Stoll Memorial Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Harriet Thwing Holden Undergraduate Scholarship
The Harriet Thwing Holden Undergraduate Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Harrington CIS-German CLA Scholarship
The CLA Dean's Scholar - College in the Schools German Award provides $3,000 per year for up to four (4) years. Students who are previous participants in the College in the Schools (CIS) German program and who plan to major in German are considered based on high school performance, test scores, indicated financial need, and teacher recommendaton. One of the requirements for keeping the award for the full four years is declaring and remaining a German major in CLA.
The letter of recommendation from a CIS teacher must be sent directly to the Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, and be received no later than 4:00 pm, January 12, 2018. In order to facilitate our notification of applicants, please include the student's address, e-mail, and telephone number in the letter of recommendation. Completed letters of recommendation may be sent to the address below or electronically submitted to Ginny Steinhagen at stein093@umn.edu. U.S. mail address: Ginny Steinhagen, Faculty coordinator of CIS, Department of German, Scandinavian, & Dutch, 9 Pleasant Street S.E., 320 Folwell Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
 
Hegman Scholarship Award in Citizenship
The Hegman Scholarship Award in Citizenship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are majoring in political science. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
J. Leonard & Fern Anderson Scholarship
The J. Leonard & Fern Anderson Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Jackie McCauley Scholarship Fund
The Jackie McCauley Scholarship Fund provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Jean Cameron & Robert Linde/Waller Scholarship
The Jean Cameron & Robert Linde/Waller Scholarship provides $4,500 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are a first-generation college student. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Jeffrey C. and Sarah M. Zutz Scholarship
The Jeffrey C. and Sarah M. Zutz Scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts provides $15,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are from a single-parent household, or you graduated from a high school in the Midwest. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need. You are given extra consideration if you excelled academically and artistically/athletically in high school.
 
Joan Calof Scholarship Fund
The Joan Calof Scholarship Fund provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in global studies and/or a second language. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler/Waller Awards
John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler/Waller Awards provide $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
John L. & Elizabeth T. Harnsberger Scholarship
The John L. & Elizabeth T. Harnsberger Scholarship provides $3,000 for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the Department of Art. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Judy Burton Awards
Judy Burton Awards provide $2,000 per year for up to four years. You are eligible for this scholarship if you are admitted to the University Honors Program. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Justin & Marguerite O'Connell Scholarship Fund
The Justin & Marguerite O'Connell Scholarship Fund provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in English. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Kathryn Sederberg Scholarship
The Kathryn Sederberg Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
L. Steven & Mary Goldstein Scholarship Fund
The L. Steven & Mary Goldstein Scholarship Fund provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Louis P. & Mary Ann Novak Fund Scholarship
The Louis P. & Mary Ann Novak Fund Scholarship provides $4,000 for up to four years. You are given preference if you are a first-generation college students, or you have an interest in Central European studies - in particular Croatian or Hungarian studies - or students majoring in history. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Marge Maddux Scholarship
The Marge Maddux Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in dance. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Maureen Lowe Scholarship
The Maureen Lowe Scholarship provides $2,500 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in modern European history and/or the humanities. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Paul & David Carlson Scholarship
The Paul & David Carlson Scholarship provides $2,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Richard & Juanita Bolland Luis CLA Scholarship
The Richard & Jaunita Bolland Luis CLA Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you have an interest in the social sciences. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Rickeman Family Scholarship
The Rickeman Family Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Robert & Joan Owens Scholarship
The Robert & Joan Owens Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are studying journalism. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Robert J. Schlafle Scholarship
The Robert J. Schlafle Scholarship provides $4,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in the School of Music with an emphasis in piano. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Robert P. Sands Endowed Scholarship
The Robert P. Sands Endowed Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are from an urban or rural public school in the US. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Roger B. & Mary Anne Page/Waller Scholarship
The Roger B. & Mary Anne Page/Waller Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on your academic achievement, contributions to society as demonstrated by leadership and service activities, acceptance into the University Honors Program, and indicated financial need.
 
Signe Marie Johnson Chelstrom & Marilyn Ann Chelstrom Scholarship
The Signe Marie Johnson Chelstrom & Marilyn Ann Chelstrom Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in political science. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Thomas B. & Elizabeth Merner Scholarship
The Thomas B. & Elizabeth Merner Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Walter Nathan Scholarship
The Walter Nathan Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are studying one of the traditional liberal arts. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
William Kelty Scholarship
The William Kelty Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to four years. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.
 
Zoe Sealy Scholarship Fund
The Zoe Sealy Scholarship Fund provides $2,500 per year for up to four years. You are given preference if you are pursuing a degree in dance. Your award is considered based on academic promise and indicated financial need.