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Scholarship Eligibility + Typical Recipient Profile

Eligibility criteria

All scholarships require that students be enrolled full-time in the College of Biological Sciences and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (unless otherwise noted).

Typical recipient profile

Scholarships for continuing students are awarded on a competitive basis and approximately half of the applicants will be successful in receiving some funding. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required of all applicants. While financial need and other factors do play a significant role, a successful applicant will usually have a GPA of 3.3 or better and the average successful applicant will have a GPA of about 3.8.

The typical recipient of a memorial scholarship will have a very high GPA and strong letters of recommendation, along with a record of activities, interests and personal values that mirrors and honors the individual for whom the award was named. A meaningful evaluation by the scholarship committee usually requires that an applicant has a significant record of coursework at the University, so most successful applicants will have at taken at least 60 credits from the U of M. Applications from students with fewer credits are occasionally successful in cases where there is evidence of both strong individual potential and substantial financial need. On the other hand, students who would have as many as 120 credits by the time a scholarship award would take effect will be encouraged to graduate. The committee does not seriously consider these applicants, regardless of their academic qualifications, unless there is a sound justification for the extension of their undergraduate experience.

Questions?

Contact Jessica Stuart at jastuart@umn.edu or 612-624-2244.