The Land-Grant Legacy Scholars (LGLS) Program is a student success and scholarship program that supports students from Greater Minnesota (outside of the seven-county metro area). Land-Grant Legacy Scholars participants are selected based on a holistic review of their application conducted by the Office of Admissions.

Land-Grant Legacy Scholars offers a four-year experience which includes targeted, programmatic elements designed to support students during their time at the University of Minnesota and build community through a cohort model, as well as a financial scholarship worth $20,000 over four years.

The LGLS Program was conceived in Spring 2017, out of the work of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the Office of Undergraduate Education, to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission and live out our commitment to Minnesota residents and support access for Greater Minnesota students.


Students are admitted to CFANS based on an individual, overall assessment of their application. Students admitted to CFANS as incoming freshmen who are from Greater Minnesota (students from outside the seven-county metro area) will be automatically considered for the Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program. There is no application for this program.

Land-Grant Legacy Scholars are passionate about food, agriculture, and natural resources in their local communities and throughout Greater Minnesota. Students who feel they are a good fit for the LGLS Program are encouraged to give as much information as they can about their activities, experiences, and extenuating circumstances in their application. These details allow the Office of Admissions to consider students’ achievements in the context of their high school experiences.


Land-Grant Legacy Scholars receive enhanced academic guidance and support to help ensure academic success and timely degree completion. This includes regular meetings with the Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program Coordinator. Scholars also participate in programming and activities that encourage campus engagement and help create a sense of belonging with the University community and other LGLS Scholars, including:

  • Tight-knit relationships and a sense of small community, fostered through living in University housing their first year and monthly LGLS programming offered throughout their college experience.

  • The development of multicultural leadership skills in academic, social, and public service contexts, through participation in the Dean’s Engaged Leaders Program, a year-long seminar taken during their first year.


The Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship provides students $5,000 each year for four years. In order to maintain the funding each year, Scholars are expected to meet the expectations of the LGLS Program. Students will be provided with a checklist of those expectations at Orientation.


For questions related to the Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program, please contact Tommy Van Norman, LGLS Program Coordinator, at 612-624-9367 or

For questions related to the undergraduate admissions process or the LGLS selection process, please contact Abby Reynolds, CFANS Freshman Admissions Counselor, at 612-625-3284 or