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Undergraduate scholarships

Giving makes discovery happen for talented students from all economic backgrounds 

What can scholarships do?


Each day, 45,000 undergraduates come to our campuses, classrooms, and laboratories. They are tomorrow's leaders. But they need help today.

At the U of M, students are following their passions and finding the path that will lead them toward a lifetime of fulfillment. Helping these talented students is one of the University's top priorities. For many, the opportunity for a world-class education would not exist without the generosity of donors who have made gifts to support scholarships.

"Scholarships have not only helped me relieve some of the financial burden, but they also give me motivation, and prove that if you work hard you will be rewarded."  
Ryan, civil engineering major and Discovery Scholar

In addition to defraying the cost of tuition, scholarships provide other benefits to a student's experience:

  • Incentive to make the most of college and graduate on time.
  • Freedom to explore interests beyond the classroom.
  • A more solid financial footing upon graduation, with fewer or no loans to pay back.

Thanks to pooled funds donated by alumni and friends, the University of Minnesota’s Discovery Scholars program provides scholarships to undergraduates based on academic merit and financial need. Studying everything from agriculture to zoology, Discovery Scholars exemplify the U’s drive to discover and the significant impact that gifts of all sizes can have.

Student Journeys

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Christine Bangar

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Adi Raikar

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Domingo Ramirez

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Elizabeth Bischoff

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