BSN Scholarship Process

BSN students* wishing to receive School of Nursing scholarships will complete one application for all eligible School of Nursing scholarships.

Students do not apply individually for specific School of Nursing scholarships. The scholarship selection committee reviews each student's application and FAFSA information. Based on information provided and the scholarship criteria, the committee awards specific scholarships to students. Unfortunately, not all students who apply will receive a School of Nursing scholarship. It is strongly encouraged that students seek additional funding through external scholarships.  

*BSN students eligible to apply for School of Nursing scholarships are those who are new transfer students and those who are continuing on in the BSN program. BSN students who were admitted as freshmen in fall 2019, fall 2020, and fall 2021 will not complete this application. Available scholarships for those cohorts were awarded at the time of admissions only.

Scholarship Process

For new BSN first-year students (starting fall 2020):

You will be awarded four-year scholarships during the admissions process to the University of Minnesota. Awards will be communicated through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

For new, incoming transfer BSN students:

  • Step 1: Complete FAFSA by February 1.
  • Step 2: Complete all necessary transfer forms and processes and pay School of Nursing enrollment deposit.
  • Step 3: Submit scholarship application by June 4 at 11:00pm CST.

For UM Rochester Early Assurance students:

  • Step 1: Complete FAFSA by February 1.
  • Step 2: Complete spring semester of first year. If all the guarantee requirements are met, students will receive an email regarding next steps to confirm enrollment in the BSN program.
  • Step 3: Complete all necessary transfer forms and processes and pay School of Nursing enrollment deposit by May 28. All must be complete in order for scholarship consideration.
  • Step 4: Submit scholarship application by June 4 at 11:00pm CST.

For current/continuing BSN students:

  • Step 1: Complete FAFSA by February 1.
  • Step 2: Submit scholarship application by June 4 at 11:00pm CST.

Award Notification and Next Steps

If a student is awarded a School of Nursing scholarship, they will need to be aware of a few steps and dates within the awarding process.

  • Award notifications will be sent via email at the beginning or middle of July. These emails will indicate the amount of scholarship funding and the specific scholarships the student is receiving. 
  • Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter or complete a thank you form to their scholarships' specific donors. This is required by the middle of August.
  • Funds will be dispersed into the student's account at the beginning of each semester. Students are strongly encouraged to check and double check their accounts to ensure the amounts and scholarship names match what was indicated in their award notification. If there is a discrepancy, please contact the Office of Student and Career Advancements Services at sonscholarships@umn.edu or call 612-625-7980.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the annual Dean's Scholarship Reception in October (if the environment permits). RSVPs are required and the link will be provided in the award notification.

More information and details are provided on the Scholarship Recipient Frequently Asked Questions page.

Unfortunately, not all students applying will receive School of Nursing scholarships. If able, students are encouraged to apply again the following years. More information about the scholarship process may be helpful. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to frequently pursue external scholarships and funding to support their nursing education.