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Health Care Scholars Day

"Health Care Scholars Day was a great way to connect with other prospective students through our passion for health care, diversity and inclusion. I was able to meet several alumni and hear their stories and accomplishments that positively impacted the community. After attending health scholars day, I knew that UMR was the best college for me and my success." - Kiersten Lee, Health CORE scholarship recipient

UMR offers a limited number of scholarships to the incoming freshmen class only.

Students will apply for scholarships as part of their application process though in some cases, a separate application is required. Students are encouraged to apply for External Scholarship Opportunities in addition to the ones available at UMR along with applying for federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Students applying to UMR who complete the Passion Statement essay on the application will automatically be considered for these scholarships upon admission.

  • Alliss Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • Neil Anderson Scholarship
  • Claire E Bender, MD Scholarship
  • Benson Scholarship
  • Campbell/Wells Fargo Scholarship
  • Chafoulias Scholarship
  • Jim & Sue Clausen Healthcare Scholarship
  • Coca Cola Scholarship
  • Fischer Scholarship
  • Gibilisco Scholarship
  • David E & Valerie Halverson-Pace Scholarship
  • Hunt Scholarship
  • Knowlton Scholarship
  • Stephen & Cynthia Lehmkuhle Scholarship
  • Neel Scholarship
  • Orwoll Scholarship
  • RAAFUM Scholarship
  • Shannon Scholarship
  • Jim & Judy Sloan Scholarship
  • Hugh C. and Aynsley M. Smith Scholarship
  • Stewart Scholarship
  • Talen/Eastwood Bank Scholarship

In 2020, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Rochester announced the launch of the Mayo Clinic Invest in Success Scholars program. This program aims to increase learning opportunities for students seeking a career in health care, specifically fields in research, technology, public health and health care administration.

The program provides annual four-year scholarships to a recruited cohort of students who demonstrate financial need. In addition to the scholarship, students in the program are offered in depth experiences at Mayo Clinic, including:

  • Career exploration events with behind-the-scenes tours and visits
  • Mentorship programs
  • Internship opportunities
  • Work study experiences

Mayo Invest in Success Scholars Program Application Link

For more information about the program, please contact Jenny Casper, Director of Community Engagement and Career Development at

The Health CORE (Community of Respect and Empowerment) Living Learning Community enhances diversity and inclusivity in the UMR student experience through intentional community development and support. 

Students will live together in 318 Commons housing as part of a living learning community.

The program provides annual four-year scholarships to a recruited cohort of students with preference given to those who are underrepresented, specifically students of color, students from low-economic backgrounds or first generation students. 

Health CORE LLC Application Link

For more information about Health CORE, please contact Abdirahman Ikar, Student Success Coach and CORE Coordinator at

August 1 - Application Opens

December 1 - Application Deadline. Students must submit their application and turn in all application materials including transcripts by December 1.

December - Scholarship committee reviews applications and finalists are notified.

January - Deadline for finalists to RSVP for Health Care Scholars Day

February - Health Care Scholars Day

February - Scholarship finalists are notified. 

May 1 - Deadline for scholarship selectees to confirm their enrollment and officially accept their scholarship.

Scholarship finalists are invited to interview and present at Health Care Scholars Day in February. Students will have the opportunity to meet UMR faculty and staff as well as get to know current and incoming students. The day is a mix of interviews, presentations, and an open house including a campus tour for those who have not yet been to UMR.

UMR offers scholarships for continuing students. The application is made available during spring term of each academic year, typically mid-March. 

Scholarships Available:
Leonard and Fern Anderson Scholarship
Jim and Sue Clausen Scholarship
Kereakos Family Scholarship
In Memory of Katherine Marchesani Scholarship
Women Supporting Success through Education Scholarship

Raptor Research Funds: 
Students presenting research or attending conferences may request funds to assist with travel expenses.

School of Nursing Scholarships:

Students are encouraged to explore and apply for local, regional and national scholarships from external providers. Below are just some of the websites and private scholarships that UMR has already vetted. Students should be cautious and never pay or provide credit card information when searching for or applying to scholarships. 

External Scholarships:

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship:
Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program: 
Page Foundation Scholarship: 
Wallin Scholarship: 
Additional Outside Scholarships

Additional suggested websites:

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College Express:
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Access Scholarships -