Applications are not accepted for these scholarships. Awards are determined by financial aid officers at each college and university and are awarded to students who meet the criteria listed below.

Eligibility criteria

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Students of color, new Americans or first-generation students (the first in their family to pursue a college education)
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Preferably a freshman or sophomore 

These are the students that reflect the fastest growing populations in our state. Currently, 23 percent of our students are “first-generation” students, meaning that neither of their parents completed college. Additionally, 21 percent of our students are students of color. The Access & Equity Scholarship Fund is designed to foster further growth in these student populations.

The Access & Equity Scholarship Fund is a pooled scholarship fund supported by businesses, foundations and individuals who believe in investing in the success of students. Gifts, in a variety of sizes, expand access to the quality educational opportunities provided by Minnesota's private colleges and universities.