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Christine Rice Annual Scholarship

Trustee Emeritus Rice, along with LeadMN, has established the annual Christine Rice Annual Scholarship for female high school and undergraduate students enrolled in health-oriented fields at a two-year Minnesota college.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 1, 2024
Open
$1,250
4 Award Winners
Closed
$6,000
6 Award Winners

Minnesota Masonic Charities Signature Scholarship

Minnesota Masonic Charities annually offers the Minnesota Masonic Charities Signature Scholarships of $6,000 to six high school seniors/graduates to pursue higher education at a college or university.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$6,000
6 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$3,000
12 Award Winners

UMSA Foundation Scholarship Program

The Upper Midwest Security Alliance Foundation Scholarship (UMSA), administered by the UMSA Alliance, is awarded to students from the Upper Midwest enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in security-related fields.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$3,000
12 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
2 Award Winners

John Deere Scholarship

The $2,500 John Deere Scholarship is given to one Midwest US student and one diverse Midwest U.S. student enrolled in a welding engineering or weld engineering technology program annually.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$2,500
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
4 Award Winners

Erickson Merkel Foundation Scholarships

The Erickson Merkel Scholarship provides bright undergraduate students, who are determined to pursue their academic, professional, and financial destinies with financial assistance in the form of scholarship awards.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 30, 2023
Closed
$1,000
4 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
2 Award Winners

EMPOWER Scholarships

The Courage Kenny Foundation offers the Empower Scholarship of $1,500 to three ethnic minority students to pursue a career in the medical or rehabilitation field in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
10 Award Winners

ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship

The Iowa Student Loan offers a $1,000 scholarship to ten students annually to assist them with college education expenses and encourage them to pursue college degrees. Recipients are picked randomly.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 10, 2023
Application Deadline
April 29, 2023
Closed
$1,000
10 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners
Closed
$3,500
3 Award Winners

MN AWWA Advanced Degree Scholarship

The Advanced Degree Scholarship is awarded to three undergraduate and/or graduate students from Minnesota enrolled in bachelor’s or graduate degree programs related to the water industry, including science, engineering, etc.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
June 1, 2023
Closed
$3,500
3 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$5,000
32 Award Winners

KASF Midwestern Regional Chapter Scholarships

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for all academic levels ranging from $500 to $5,000 to eligible students to complete their desired degrees. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2023
Application Deadline
June 30, 2023
Closed
$500–$5,000
32 Award Winners
Closed
$4,000–$6,000
1 Award Winner

Minnesota Indian Scholarships

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education annually offers the Minnesota Indian Scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $6,000, to Native American undergraduate and graduate students to further their education.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Graduate
Application Open Date
May 1, 2023
Application Deadline
July 1, 2023
Closed
$4,000–$6,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner

Evans Scholars Program

The Evans Scholars Foundation, administered by the Western Golf Association, offers up to $60,000- scholarships to deserving caddies to pursue undergraduate degrees in Ohio.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Freshman
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
October 15, 2023
Closed
$20,000–$60,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,250
6 Award Winners

LeadMN Leadership Scholarship

The LeadMN organization offers its LeadMN Leadership Scholarship of $1,250 to undergraduate students at Minnesota public universities and colleges to complete their education.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
April 2, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$1,250
6 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Mccormick Leadership Scholarship

The McCormick Leadership Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in Minnesota to further their education and complete their degrees. Applicants must possess excellent leadership qualities and academic qualifications.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Graduate
Application Open Date
April 2, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner

Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship

The Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship of $500 is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional performance and are presently taking a technical course at any of Minnesota’s technical or combined colleges.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
April 2, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
30 Award Winners

Study.com November Scholarships

The Study.com November Scholarships offer 30 students in any field of study from the United States or 25 specific states a $500 scholarship each to pursue their undergraduate studies.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
May 2, 2023
Application Deadline
November 1, 2023
Closed
$500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners

Minnesota Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship

The AWWA offers the Minnesota Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship to two individuals pursuing the water operator profession and pursuing certification/licensure, technical or professional training programs.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
June 1, 2023
Application Deadline
November 15, 2023
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
3 Award Winners

MN AWWA Community College Scholarship

The Community College Scholarship is awarded to two college students in Minnesota each, enrolled in technical or community college degree programs in the water industry, including water operations, science, engineering, etc.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
June 1, 2023
Application Deadline
November 15, 2023
Closed
$2,000
3 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$5,000
2 Award Winners

First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest

The Anti-Defamation League offers the First Amendment Freedom Art & Essay Contest with awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to two high and middle school students to further their education.

Eligible Grades
Middle School – High School Senior
Application Open Date
September 10, 2023
Application Deadline
December 31, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$5,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
28 Award Winners

InspirASIAN Scholarship Program

The InspirASIAN Scholarship Program awards $2,000 to qualifying high school senior and graduate students and undergraduate student in one of 18 states of InspirASIAN Chapter to complete their degrees.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 15, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
Closed
$2,000
28 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
25 Award Winners

InspirASIAN Scholarships

InspirASIAN National Scholarships and InspirASIAN State Scholarships are annual programs offering $2,000 and $1,000 to selected high school students for college studies.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
Closed
$1,000
25 Award Winners
Closed
$1,125
2 Award Winners

American Transmission Co. Scholarship

The American Transmission Co. Scholarship, administered by the Society of Women Engineers, supports female students from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana enrolled in engineering-related majors.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Senior
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 1, 2024
Closed
$1,125
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$6,000
1 Award Winner

North Central Region 9 Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to one high school senior or undergraduate student enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university within the North Central region.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 1, 2024
Closed
$1,000–$6,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
3 Award Winners

Upper Midwest Chapter Emmy Student scholarships

The Upper Midwest Chapter Emmy Student Scholarships each provides financial help to students, ranging from high school seniors to graduate levels, pursuing a degree in journalism, broadcasting, or electronic media.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 3, 2024
Closed
$1,500
3 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000–$4,500
40 Award Winners

Evelyn Lenander Education Scholarship

The Community Giving Foundation grants the Evelyn Lenander Education Scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 to college students in Minnesota enrolled in elementary education programs.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – College Senior
Application Open Date
December 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2024
Closed
$1,000–$4,500
40 Award Winners

About Minnesota Scholarships

Minnesota is home to many different types of scholarships available for students. From tuition support programs to grants and awards from organizations, these scholarships can help make college more affordable. For example, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) that provide grants for low-and moderate-income students across the state. Additionally, there are a variety of organizations with awards specific to Minnesota residents. For instance, the Minnesota Masonic Charities provide scholarships and grants for various educational programs or projects. Scholarship America also offers a range of scholarships that are available exclusively to students who live in the state. With all these options available, it is easier than ever for Minnesotans to take advantage of the scholarships and grants available to make college more affordable.
No matter what type of student you are or what kind of financial support you need, explore the various Minnesota scholarship options and take the steps necessary to secure a brighter future for yourself. With determination and dedication, you can reach your goals with the help of these scholarships.

Why study in Minnesota

Have you considered colleges and universities in Minnesota to complete your studies? Minnesota offers a wide variety of educational opportunities, from prestigious universities and respected technical colleges, to specialized schools such as the Mayo Medical School or the Guthrie Theater School. The state’s commitment to quality education is evident in its investment in high-performing public schools, research centers, and libraries. Furthermore, Minnesota offers a low cost of living and an incredibly diverse population that can give students the opportunity to achieve their educational dreams while enjoying all that the state has to offer. From its breathtaking natural beauty to its vibrant and welcoming cities, Minnesota is truly an ideal place for students looking to get the most from their college experience.

Cost of College in Minnesota

The cost of college has been on a steady incline in recent years, and Minnesota is no exception. According to the College Board, the average tuition rate at four-year public colleges and universities in Minnesota is currently $12,040 per year. Though this may seem like a large price to pay for a college education, there are still some options in the state that are more affordable. The three least expensive schools in Minnesota are all four-year public colleges, with tuition rates ranging from $7,430 at Winona State University to $8,539 per year at Bemidji State University. These institutions offer residents of Minnesota an affordable way to further their education and open doors to a brighter future.

Though the cost of college may seem high, there are many options available in Minnesota for those seeking an affordable education. By researching different schools and comparing tuition rates, students can find one that fits their budget while still providing them with a quality education. With the increasing cost of college, these more affordable options can be a much-needed relief.

Best colleges in Minnesota

Some of the best colleges and universities in the country are located in Minnesota. The state’s flagship university, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, is a world-class research institution with top rankings in various specialty areas such as engineering, nursing, business, and law. Other impressive public institutions include the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Winona State University, to name a few. For those seeking a private college education, Carleton College, Macalester College, along with St. Olaf College are highly-ranked liberal arts colleges. Minnesota’s higher education institutions have something to offer every student no matter what they choose.

Best 8 scholarships in Minnesota 2023

There are a lot of scholarships available in Minnesota – so we gathered eight of the best value ones – from our list of scholarships that have the easiest application process. These scholarships are open to Minnesota students, some are open to students across the U.S., and have minimal application requirements.

ScholarshipAward Amount
Evans Scholarship$20,000-$60,000
Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) Signature Scholarship$6,000
Minnesota Indian Scholarship$4,000-$6,000
North Central Region 9 Scholarship$1,000-$6,000
First Amendment Freedom Art & Essay Contest$1,000-$5,000
KASF Midwestern Regional Chapter Scholarship$500-$5,000
Evelyn Lenander Education Scholarship$1,000-$4,500
UMSA Foundation Scholarship$1,000-$3,000

Minnesota scholarships for high school seniors 2023

If you are seeking higher education in Minnesota, check out the variety of scholarships available. High school seniors can find many private organizations and post-secondary institutions in Minnesota that offer numerous scholarships to cut their education expenses. Scholarships also provide economic support for students entering competitive career fields that require a high level of education. Scholarships offer a much-needed opportunity for Minnesota’s high school seniors to continue their educational journey and reach their goals in life. The Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) Signature Scholarship of $6,000 is offered to high school students in their efforts to pursue post-secondary education.

Minnesota scholarships for women 2023

Gender-based discrimination still exists in Minnesota, contributing to a lack of equal access to education and employment opportunities. Women also often face unequal pay for similar or identical jobs as men, and women remain underrepresented in certain industries that are typically dominated by male employees. Additionally, the cost of child care is often disproportionate to a woman’s income, leaving many women struggling to balance between work and family life. Women in Minnesota have access to a variety of scholarships to help them pursue higher education. Scholarships are available from both private organizations and public institutions, providing women with the financial resources they need to complete their degrees. The Christine Rice Annual Scholarship of $1,250 is to provide financial assistance to female students who are pursuing a degree in health-related courses.

Tips for Winning Minnesota Scholarships

1. Research your options: Minnesota has a wide variety of scholarship opportunities available to college students, so take the time to research which scholarships you may be eligible for and the application requirements for each. This will give you an advantage when it comes time to apply!

2. Get organized: Once you figure out what scholarships are available to you, create a timeline for submitting applications and be sure to stay on track. This will ensure that all of your paperwork and other necessary documents are in order before the application deadline.

3. Reach out for help: Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when it comes to preparing an effective scholarship application. Talk to your school’s financial aid office or a local scholarship organization for advice on the best way to approach your application and increase your chances of being awarded. Taking the time to seek out assistance can be invaluable in helping you win a Minnesota scholarship. Good luck!

Frequently asked questions

Are there scholarships for minorities in Minnesota?

Yes. Most of the scholarships in Minnesota are available for all eligible students despite race, gender, ethnicity, etc. Among the listed scholarships available of Scholaroo are specifically designed for minorities like the KASF Midwestern Regional Chapter Scholarship, and the Minnesota Indian Scholarship.

What are the most popular majors in Minnesota?

In recent years, a variety of popular majors, including business and management, human services and social work, health professions and related programs, biological and biomedical sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, education, liberal arts, and sciences/general studies have become the most popular majors across schools in Minnesota. As the largest state in the Midwest region of the United States, Minnesota is home to many highly respected colleges, universities, and technical schools that offer these majors.

Where does Minnesota rank in education?

Minnesota consistently ranks among the top states in the nation for educational achievement. Minnesota ranks ninth on a list of most educated states and seventh in terms of public school systems. Read our reports on 2022 Most & Least Educated States and States with Best & Worst Public School Systems for more. Minnesota has the highest graduation rate in the nation and also ranks at or near the top on other measures of educational achievement such as reading and math proficiency, access to advanced courses, and college readiness.