Minnesota Aspiring Teachers of Color Scholarship Pilot Program
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Minnesota Aspiring Teachers of Color Scholarship Pilot Program provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to become teachers, have demonstrated financial need, and belong to racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the state’s teacher workforce.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible, students must:
- Be enrolled at an eligible institution located in Minnesota in a:
- Be a person of color or American Indian;
- Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by the institution;
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or MN Dream Act application for aid year; and
- Demonstrate financial need.
How Much Money Can You Get?
The annual award for full-time students is up to $10,000.
Awards for students enrolled less than full-time are prorated on a per-credit basis.
For undergraduate students, full-time means enrollment in a minimum of 15 or more credits per term. For graduate students, full-time means enrollment in a minimum of six graduate credits or equivalent.
Students may receive up to $25,000 in a lifetime.
What Is the Application Process?
Interested students should complete the FAFSA or MN Dream Act application before completing the Minnesota Aspiring Teachers of Color Scholarship application.
The 2023-2024 Student Section of the application is available here. Students should contact their school’s Financial Aid Office to submit the College or University Section of the application.
The priority deadline is July 7th, 2023.
Paper application forms are available upon request.
Complete applications must include the following:
- Student Section including all the required information;
- College or University Section completed by an authorized representative at the college or university you attend that includes all of the required information; and
- Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
What's the Selection Process?
If there are insufficient funds to make full awards to all eligible applicants with complete applications received by the priority application deadline, awards are prioritized using a combination of the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and application completion date.
- Eligible applicants with the lowest EFC are awarded first
- Eligible applicants with identical EFCs are prioritized by student application completion date
Eligible applicants with complete applications received by the priority application deadline who are not awarded are placed on a waiting list by order of student application completion date.
Complete applications from eligible applicants received after the priority application deadline are placed on the waiting list by order of student application completion date.
What if You are Selected for an Award?
Applicants selected to receive an award are expected serve as a full-time teacher in Minnesota after completing the program for which the grant was awarded.
Eligible Institutions with Teacher Preparation Programs
- Augsburg University
- Bemidji State University
- Bethany Lutheran College
- Bethel University
- Carleton College
- College of St. Benedict
- College of St. Scholastica
- Concordia College, Moorhead
- Concordia University, St. Paul
- Crown College
- Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Hamline University
- Martin Luther College
- Metropolitan State University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Minnesota State University, Moorhead
- North Central University
- Southwest Minnesota State University
- St. Catherine University
- St. Cloud State University
- St. John's University
- St. Mary's University of Minnesota
- St. Olaf College
- University of Minnesota, Crookston
- University of Minnesota, Duluth
- University of Minnesota, Morris
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- University of Northwestern, St. Paul
- University of St. Thomas
- Walden University
- Winona State University
Eligible Minnesota Institutions with 2 year Early Childhood Education programs
- Alexandria Techincal College
- Central Lakes College
- Dakota County Technical College
- Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College
- Hennepin Technical College
- Leech Lake Tribal College
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College
- Minnesota North College
- Minnesota State College-Southeast
- Minnesota State Community and Technical College
- Minnesota West Community and Technical College
- Northland Community and Technical College
- Northwest Technical College
- Pine Technical College
- Rasmussen University
- Ridgewater Community College
- Rochester Community and Technical College
- Saint Cloud Technical and Community College
- South Central College
- St Paul College