Continuing Student ScholarshipsScholarships for continuing students are awarded each year to academically talented students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts. Students must be pursuing a liberal arts major with a liberal arts degree and enroll in 30 semester credits over the supported scholarship year (fall and spring semesters only). Students do not need to be enrolled in the Honors Program to apply. All scholarships are restricted to students who intend to receive their Bachelor's degree from CLA; those who plan to complete their undergraduate program in a different college (e.g., the Carlson School of Management, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, etc.) are not eligible for these awards. Continuing Student Scholarships include departmental awards for English, History, and Psychology majors.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Monday, February 3, 2014. Students must apply online: https://mycla.umn.edu/scholarship.php.
Each application will be reviewed and considered for all scholarships for which the student is eligible. Financial need is considered for all CLA awards. Students who wish to be considered for need-based awards should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is found online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Previous year's information will be used in the event that updated FAFSA information is not available prior to scholarship committee reviews. The FAFSA application should be submitted at your earliest convenience, but no later than April 15, 2014.
Awards will be made for the 2014-2015 academic year. Half of the total award amount will be dispersed at the beginning of each semester. Scholarship winners may receive funds from only one scholarship awarded by the College of Liberal Arts during an academic year, though you are permitted to hold an additional award made by a CLA department. Four-year scholarship recipients may apply for Continuing Student Scholarships, but will receive the new award only if the amount is higher than their original scholarship. To receive your CLA award, you must complete at least 30 credits in the 2014-2015 school year (at least 13 credits each semester). Please note that Independent and Distance Learning (IDL) courses do not count toward the 13-credit requirement.
Please read the instructions carefully before completing the application. You will be able to save your application prior to final submission. Take your time and edit your responses.
Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation
Charles & Myrtle Stroud ScholarshipsCharles & Myrtle Stroud Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support to outstanding CLA undergaduates. Recipients will receive up to $3,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Eligible students must intend to declare a CLA major and pursue a CLA degree.
CLA Alumni Scholarship for a Martin Luther King (MLK) Program StudentThe CLA Alumni Scholarship for a student enrolled in the Martin LutherKing (MLK) Program provides a scholarship of approximately $3,000 to one student for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Students applying for this scholarship must:
- be a current freshman (during 2013-2014) enrolled in the MLK program,
- be making good academic progress as a full-time student,
- be a U.S.citizen or permanent resident, and
- intend to declare a CLA majorand pursue a CLA degree.
CLA Alumni Scholarship for Outstanding Non-Traditional StudentsThe CLA Alumni Scholarship for Outstanding Non-Traditional Students provides a scholarship of approximately $3,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year to one student. A group of alumni and friends designed the award to recognize the unique role CLA plays in providing educational opportunities for students who do not meet the traditional definition of "college student."
Examples of non-traditional students include, but are not limited to, displaced homemakers, students with disabilities, individuals starting their college careers after age 23, students with family responsibilities, individuals experiencing mid-career change, etc. The purpose of this award is to congratulate and encourage exceptional CLA students who have overcome remarkable odds by enrolling and successfully pursuing their college degrees.
Students applying for this scholarship must:
- be a non-traditional student,
- have completed not more than 75 semester credits by the end of fall term 2013, and
- have an officially declared CLA major and an overall CLA cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
Harriet Thwing Holden ScholarshipThe Harriet Thwing Holden Scholarship provides one $2,000 sophomore-year award for the 2014-2015 academic year to a current CLA freshman (during 2013-2014) who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and who intends to declare a CLA major and pursue a CLA degree.
ITT Consumer Financial Corporation ScholarshipThe ITT Consumer Financial Corporation Scholarship provides a scholarship of approximately $3,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year to one CLA student who:
- is a resident of the State of Minnesota and graduated from a Minnesota public or private high school,
- will have completed at least one year of academic study at the University by June 2014,
- has an overall grade point average of at least 3.5, and
- is certified by the Office of Student Financial Aid as having financial need.
Neil Anderson ScholarshipThe Neil Anderson Scholarship provides one $2,500 sophomore-year award for the 2014-2015 academic year to a current CLA freshman (during 2013-2014) who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and who intends to declare a CLA major and pursue a CLA degree.
Selmer Birkelo ScholarshipSelmer Birkelo Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support for approximately 14 outstanding CLA students majoring in fields relating to history, modern languages, classics, or the social and behavioral sciences.
Students must intend to pursue a degree from the College of Liberal Arts and may not be enrolled in any other college. Recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $4,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students with declared, eligible majors (formally declared by Fall 2014) who wish to be considered for this scholarship will have their applications referred to their department or program for an initial screening; each eligible department or program may propose two or three nominees who will be considered for this award.
Applicants must have completed at least 30, but normally not more than 75, semester credits by the end of fall term 2014. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, with particular attention paid to depth of study in the major, general breadth of coursework, and clarity of academic purpose. Financial need is a consideration in determining award amounts.
Waller ScholarshipsWaller Scholarships provide one year of scholarship support for approximately 75 CLA undergraduates and transfer students. Recipients will receive up to $3,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, with some consideration given to co- or extra-curricular involvement. Financial need is a consideration in determining award amounts. Applicants must have completed at least 60, but no more than 120, semester credits by the end of fall term 2013. They must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in all college coursework, including transfer coursework. They must also have strong liberal arts interests and intend to pursue a degree from the College of Liberal Arts.
William E. Faragher ScholarshipThe William E. Faragher Scholarship provides one award of $5,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year for a CLA student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better who is majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, or another science-related field and completing a CLA Bachelor of Arts degree in one of these fields. The winner may be awarded the scholarship for more than one year, as long as s/he is gainfully working toward a degree and continues to meet the guidelines. Preference will be given to MN residents majoring in Mathematics.
English Major ScholarshipsThe Department of English offers a range of scholarships for English majors who usually have at least one year of full-time study remaining for the B.A. degree. To be considered for all English scholarships for which you are eligible, you must (1) submit the common Application for the College of Liberal Arts Continuing Student Scholarships, (2) send an academic writing sample to email@example.com, and (3) submit any other materials required for specific scholarhips, such as a second letter of recommendation or creative writing sample. For complete application instructions, see: http://english.cla.umn.edu/ugrad/awardsScholarships.html
Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarship
Beverly Atkinson Scholarship for Outstanding Non-Traditional English Majors
Captain Dewitt Jennings Payne Memorial Scholarship
Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship
Jessie M. Comstock Scholarship
Joan C. Forester Scholarship
Martin B. Ruud Memorial Scholarship
Moses Marston Scholarship
Robert Etheridge Moore Scholarship
Sharon Borine ScholarshipFor additional information about English Scholarships, contact http://english.cla.umn.edu/ugrad/awardsScholarships.html
History Major ScholarshipsThe Department of History is proud to offer three different scholarship awards for its undergraduate students. Students may receive these awards in addition to any other College of Liberal Arts scholarship awards.
Political Science Major Scholarships
A.I. Johnson ScholarshipThe A.I. Johnson Scholarship was created to honor A.I. Johnson who was a Regent of the University and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Completion of a public service internship is required. Applicants must show evidence of intention to pursue a career or avocational activities in public service. This scholarship is open to all CLA undergraduate students regardless of major. For 2013-14, two students received scholarships of $13,000, though scholarship amounts and the number of recipients are subject to vary. Selection criteria include:
Cephas Allin and Wolfsberg ScholarshipThe purpose of the Cephas Allin and Wolfsberg Scholarship is to financially support political science majors in their academic studies. Students should demonstrate a commitment to timely completion of their political science majors and their baccalaureate degrees. For 2013-14, 23 students received scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $15,000, though scholarship amounts and the number of recipients are subject to vary. Selection criteria include:
Charles Jackson Congressional Internship ScholarshipThe Charles Jackson Congressional Internship Scholarship is specifically for students who participate in internships for members of congress in Washington, D.C. (Please note that congressional internships in district offices do not qualify.) In 2013, two students received scholarship awards totaling $9,000. Selection criteria include:
The purpose of the following Department of Political Science scholarships is to provide financial support to talented political science majors so that they may dedicate themselves to their studies and attain the best possible liberal arts education. For 2013-14, four students received combined scholarships ranging from $1,900 to $15,000, though scholarship amounts and the number of recipeints are subject to vary. Selection criteria include:
1. status as a declared political science major;
2. strength of a student's academic record and promise;
3. submission of a project proposal such as a research project, honors thesis, study abroad program, or internship;
4. full-time enrollment
5. funding is available for fall and spring semesters
Professor Charles Backstrom Undergraduate Scholarship in Political Science
Asher Christensen Fund
Judge Earl and Mrs. Cecill Larson Scholarship
William Schaper Memorial Fund
Jonathan E. Smaby and Michelle E. Roberts Scholarship in Political Science
For more information about political science scholarships, see http://www.polisci.umn.edu/ugrad/scholarships.html.
Psychology Major ScholarshipsThe Department of Psychology is proud to offer Juanita J. Mortensen Scholarships for psychology undergraduate students. Students may receive these awards in addition to any other College of Liberal Arts award if financial need has been demonstrated.
Mortensen Scholarships include academic scholarships to support campus-based study (up to five $1,000 scholarships for 2014-2015) and a study abroad scholarship to support off-campus international study (one $1,000 scholarship for study abroad during 2014-2015).
Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates with a declared major in psychology and have completed 30, but typically not more than 75, semester credits by the end of fall 2013. Applicants with more than 75 credits should submit a statement describing their need for an additional year of academic work.
Mortensen Academic Scholarships in PsychologyThis academic scholarship is intended for psychology undergraduate majors to apply toward the cost of tuition, fees and books. Selection criteria include:
- strength of student's academic record and promise;
- depth of involvement in the discipline and clarity of academic purpose;
- strength of student's statement and letters of recommendation, with preference given to those written by Department of Psychology faculty and instructors;
- past involvement in relevant extracurricular, volunteer, research and work activities. These awards are intended for our most talented majors.
Mortensen Study Abroad Scholarship in PsychologyThe Study Abroad Scholarship in Psychology will be awarded to a psychology major studying abroad for a summer, semester, or full year. Selection criteria include:
- academic performance in the major;
- strength of student's statement and letter of recommendation;
- student's integration of study abroad within her/his psychology major academic plan.