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MnACC BIPOC Scholarships

MnACC is excited to provide college scholarships for students of color in Minnesota. Students who are awarded a MnACC Scholarship will receive a one-time award to be used towards their education at a MnACC Member Institution during the 2022-23 academic year. Questions? Contact scholarships@mnacc.org.

THE 2023 APPLICATION WILL OPEN ON DECEMBER 1

FIRST YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS

MnACC selects up to 6 recipients for a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards college expenses (tuition, fees, books and supplies, transportation, etc.).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Application Form
  • Essay

ESSAY PROMPT

In 500-1000 words, create a clearly written essay about ONE of the topics listed below. Consideration will be given to both your interaction with the topic and the way in which you present it.

    • Leadership & Community Engagement: MnACC scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated a dedication to personal growth during their time in high school both in person and virtually. How has your involvement in your community activities, educational experiences, life experiences, and/or work experiences contributed to your personal growth?
    • Diversity: MnACC’s mission is to improve access to higher education for Minnesota's students of color who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. How has your diversity (cultural heritage, race, gender, socio-economic background, family, work, and/or school experiences, etc.) contributed to who you are today and your pursuit of a college education and beyond?

PRESIDENTIAL FIRST YEAR SCHOLARSHIP

The Presidential Scholarship is a $2,500 award that recognizes at least one student who has demonstrated strong academic achievement and a clear commitment to diversity, leadership, and/or civic engagement.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Application Form
  • Essay
  • An unofficial high school transcript
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation

ESSAY PROMPT

In 500-1000 words, create a clearly written essay about ONE of the topics listed below. Consideration will be given to both your interaction with the topic and the way in which you present it.

    • Leadership & Community Engagement: MnACC scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated a dedication to personal growth during their time in high school both in person and virtually. How has your involvement in your community activities, educational experiences, life experiences, and/or work experiences contributed to your personal growth?
    • Diversity: MnACC’s mission is to improve access to higher education for Minnesota's students of color who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. How has your diversity (cultural heritage, race, gender, socio-economic background, family, work, and/or school experiences, etc.) contributed to who you are today and your pursuit of a college education and beyond?

COLLEGE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

To help current college students persist in their college education, the $1,000 continuing student scholarship is awarded up to 5 college students currently enrolled at a MnACC two- or four-year institution.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Application Form
  • Essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of your unofficial college transcript

ESSAY PROMPT

In 500-1000 words, create a clearly written essay addressing the following questions. Consideration will be given to both your interaction with the topic and the way in which you present it.

What empowers you? What would completing your degree mean to you?

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS
  • Identify as a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC)
  • If selected as a recipient, complete enrollment verification.
FIRST YEARS
  • Will be graduating from a Minnesota high school in the 2022-23 academic year
  • Enroll as a full-time, first year student for the 2022-2023 school year at a MnACC member institution. For a full list of MnACC member institutions, click here.
  • For Presidential Scholarship: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

COLLEGE STUDENTS

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Must have graduated from a Minnesota high school in the Spring 2022 or earlier
  • Must be currently enrolled part time or full time at a MnACC Member Institution
  • Must be graduating from a MnACC Member 4-year college or university after Spring 2023 OR if currently attending a community college:
    • Completed at least one year as a full time student OR
    • Have intentions of transferring to a 4-year public or private MnACC member institution.

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