CFANS Scholarships for Entering Freshmen

You are considered an entering freshman if you are still a high school student, or if you haven't enrolled in any college courses after graduating from high school.

How do I apply for scholarships?

In CFANS, you're automatically considered for CFANS scholarships by submitting an application for admission to the U of M. We don't have a separate application for scholarships! This helps make the process easier for you.

Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission by either the first (November 1) or second (January 1) application deadlines. Students who apply after that date will be considered on a funds-available basis, though it's unlikely that funds will be available at that time. For more information about the admissions process, call 1-800-752-1000 or visit the University of Minnesota's freshman admissions page.

What scholarships are available?

The typical freshman scholarship from CFANS is $1,000 to $5,000 per year, for one or two years (with the option to reapply each additional year). These scholarships are based on criteria established by the donors for each scholarship. For example, criteria may include scholastic achievement, consistency of academic record, extracurricular and leadership activities, major and career objectives, place of residence, grade level, or financial need, etc.

In addition to regular freshman awards, three programmatic scholarships exist:

  • Research Apprenticeship: Freshmen who express an interest in research will be considered for a guided program to learn about and participate in research with college faculty in their first two years ($1500 stipend).
  • Diversity in Food and Natural Resources Scholarship (DFNRS): This merit-based program offers academically gifted students committed to creating greater diversity in CFANS a significant 4-year scholarship award. Students maintain their award by demonstrating academic excellence and by participating in program activities.
  • Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship: 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.

How are recipients selected?

The Scholarship Committee will assess admission applications and make decisions based on information submitted.

How will I be notified?

Award notices will be sent by the Office of Admissions to recipients by the end of March of their senior year in high school. If you also applied for financial aid (completed the FAFSA), you will receive a second letter in April that outlines your complete financial aid package including grants, scholarships, loans, expected parental contribution, etc.

If I don't receive a scholarship as an incoming freshman, are there other opportunities to apply for scholarships?

Yes. For information, see our scholarship information for current CFANS students.