Scholarships for Current CLA Students
Thanks to generous donors to the College of Liberal Arts, CLA is able to offer a multitude of scholarship awards to students who are currently enrolled in CLA and intend to receive their bachelor's degree from CLA.
Collegiate scholarships vary in awarding criteria, but most are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The timeline to apply for these funds is early in the spring semester. Awards are made for the following academic year. Some awards may be annually renewable, depending on class year and number of credits.
To be considered for these awards, you must meet the following qualifications:
- CLA degree-seeking student
- Good academic standing
- Enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year
Additional criteria for scholarships may be based on donor specifications (such as major, career interest, co-curricular activities, etc.). International students can apply. To be considered for financial need scholarships, you must have a FAFSA or MN Dream Act on file.
Recipients are selected on the basis of questions in the scholarship application that identify whether you meet various criteria specified by the donors of the funds.
The application period ended on March 15 to apply for CLA general scholarships for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 academic year.
Due to the limited amount of this funding, current CLA students are encouraged to review the other scholarship options listed below for additional opportunities, as well as to speak with a financial aid counselor in OneStop.
If you experience an unexpected emergency situation that creates a financial hardship, limited funds are available as emergency grants. CLA's emergency grants are administered through One Stop. These are one-time grants that are offered based on an intake form application, with documentation sometimes requested.
Detailed information about the process, eligibility requirements, and the intake application form for emergency grants is available at the One Stop website.
CLA offers internship scholarships for degree-seeking CLA students interested in doing a paid or unpaid internship. Students are considered for these awards during multiple cycles throughout the year.
More information and applications for internship scholarships can be found at the CLA Career Services website.
Learning Abroad Scholarships
Students can use most general scholarships to fund a study abroad experience. There are also many scholarships available specifically for students planning to study abroad, including funds from CLA for one semester or one year. (See more about Learning Abroad Scholarships.) Start early researching learning abroad scholarship opportunities from across the University at the Learning Abroad Center website, so you don't miss any application deadlines.
Complete this brief CLA Learning Abroad Scholarship Application by November 1, 2021, to be considered for Winter Break, Spring Break, or Spring Semester learning abroad scholarships. The CLA scholarship committee will review and respond to all applicants for the Winter Break, Spring Break, or Spring Semester terms by the week of November 22, 2022. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about applying.
Research or Creative Work Scholarships
CLA's Office of Undergraduate Education offers scholarships to support a student’s research or creative work endeavors. CLA awards scholarships for semester-long research or creative work in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Awards of $1,500 are offered for fall, spring, and summer semesters.
How to Apply
Submit your application via the UROP process.
Once you have a declared major, you can check to see if there are any department-level scholarships or support you are eligible for.
Search the website of the academic department that is home to your major, or make an appointment to speak with your department advisor about it.
University Scholarship Search Tool
The undergraduate scholarship search will use your academic plan and major(s) or pre-major interests to bring up scholarships that may be of interest to you. Be sure to scroll down the page to investigate scholarships under the different office tabs.
Other Scholarship Resources
Learning Abroad Center Study Abroad Scholarship Search
UofM Office of National & International Scholarships (housed in University Honors Program, but open to students from all colleges)
Diversity Abroad Scholarship Database