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.

Land-Grant Legacy Scholars also participate in the President’s Emerging Scholars Program (PES) and the Dean’s Engaged Leaders Program (DELP). These programs - LGLS, PES, and DELP - are collaborative programs, and provide a unique support platform and experience for students’ success.

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 live out our commitment to Minnesota residents and support access for Greater Minnesota students.


Students from Greater Minnesota who are admitted to CFANS and selected for admission to the President’s Emerging Scholars Program are automatically considered for admission to the Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program. There is no application for this program. 25 Scholars will be admitted each 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 LGLS, PES, and DELP. Students will be provided with a checklist of those expectations at Orientation.


Contact Tommy Van Norman (, Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program Coordinator