Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement, financial need, special talents, interests, and qualities, or other criteria defined by the scholarship donor.

How to apply

Future freshmen or transfer students:

To be considered for College of Science and Engineering scholarships, simply submit the application for admission. There is no separate scholarship application.

Admitted students are considered for these scholarships based on an overall assessment of their admission application. Therefore, it is important that you:

  • list ALL extracurricular activities, leadership experience, volunteer work, etc.
  • be as complete as possible.

Many students at the U of M receive financial aid, including academic scholarships, grants, student employment, and loans. Additional information is available on the U of M admissions and aid webpage to help you with financial aid options.

Current students:

Students must have completed at least three semesters of full-time enrollment in the College of Science and Engineering to be eligible for a continuing student scholarship.

Typical scholarship recipients have a GPA of at least 3.6 in addition to extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement.  There are many opportunities for scholarships in each of the CSE departments. Eligible students will receive an invitation to apply.

To search for scholarships for which you may be eligible, use the Undergraduate Scholarship Search.

To learn more about University of Minnesota scholarships and financial aid, visit One Stop Student Services.

Meet a few CSE scholarship recipients

Omo Omonigho Egi

“... diversity and inclusion is so important to me. It’s at the core of my being. It’s never going to go away. I’m never going to stop caring about it.” —Omonigho Egi, 2022-23 University of Minnesota Scholarship in honor of George Floyd
Read more about Omonigho.

Clay Hall

“Coming out of here debt-free with a pretty well-paying job and a lot of career aspirations, I would say that flipped my life on its head.” —Clay Hall, CSE Student Affairs and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholarships
Read more about Clay.

Michelle Quan

"I was able to branch out and try to make a tangible impact here at the college..." —Michelle Quan, two-time recipient of the CEMS Legacy of Excellence Scholarship
Read more about Michelle.

Brian Balquist

Brian Balquist, recipient of CSE's Adolph A. Sommerfeld Scholarship in Civil Engineering, won two categories in the 2023 University of Minnesota BizPitch Competition: Most Innovative Idea and the Overall Grand Prize
Read more about Brian.

Dannyelle Donahue working on her laptop.

"I have both large and small scholarships, which all add up to make it possible for us to attend the University." —Dannyelle Donahue, Steven L. and Karen L. Crouch Scholarship
Read more about Dannyelle.

Headshot of Deandra Bardell

“[My scholarship is] motivation and inspiration to keep working hard.... All my life I’ve had people, even experts, tell me and my family ‘no’ and that I’d never be able to do anything. They see my disability instead of my abilities.” —Deandra Bardell, Isaac Benjamin Segal Scholarship
Read more about Deandra.