Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship

Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship



The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) with funding from Medica, supports full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-related career and who show academic promise and financial need. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and must demonstrate maturity, adaptability, and respect for diversity and other cultures. The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship is administered by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE).



Scholarship recipients must also meet the following requirements:


  • Must be enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus pursuing (or on track to pursue) a health-related career (i.e., medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, social work, and others.)
  • Must have second-year status (30 credits or more) or higher
  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from a population that is underrepresented or underserved in the health professions and/or have past work/community experiences that demonstrate a commitment to addressing health disparities in underrepresented or underserved populations
  • Must be full-time students (13 credits minimum)
  • Must submit all requested application documents (see below) including an essay of no more than 500 words about the applicant’s motivations for pursuing a health care career and plans for utilizing their health-related degree to positively impact underrepresented or underserved populations
  • Must have a completed FAFSA on file and show financial need


Preference will be given for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher



Applications will be available online and accepted starting Saturday, March 3, 2018. There are a few steps to the application process so please review the instructions below to ensure your application is complete.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All parts of your application (including recommendation letters) must be received by the deadline of Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11:59PM (Central Time).

Step 1: Apply online HERE. This is also the form you will use to submit your personal essay. Faxed or emailed copies of this form will not be accepted. You must be logged into your UMN email account in the same browser to access this form.

Step 2: Submit your 2018-19 *Student Aid Report (SAR) via email to Please label your document: “CHI 2018--First and last name--SAR” and put the same in the email subject line.

Step 3: You will need two (2) letters of recommendation. Please ask your letter writers to send completed recommendations directly to The email should include the subject line "2018 CHI Undergraduate Recommendation for (your name)" and they should address the letter to "CHI Undergraduate Selection Committee". Recommendation letter writers should address the following:


  • How long has the writer known the applicant and in what capacity?
  • What has the applicant done to learn more about or address health disparities in underrepresented or underserved communities?
  • What are strengths and areas of improvement for the applicant?
  • For students who have received the CHI Undergraduate Scholarship in the past: What progress has the applicant made towards working on health disparities for underrepresented or underserved populations?



The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship Selection Committee will select recipients based on factors including the eligibility criteria (above), application and quality of the personal statement, letters of recommendation, financial need, and GPA. If needed, finalist interviews will be scheduled for April or May. Final decisions will be available by early August 2018.




  • Anticipated funding for up to 15 awards @ $2,700 each
  • Recipients will be expected to participate in CHI programming and events



  Questions about the CHI Undergraduate Scholarship should be directed to Paul Edwards, Coordinator of Instructional Support, MCAE, phone: 612.626.7152, email:

*Find more information about your Student Aid Report here.

**Note that the CHI Undergraduate Scholarship award may impact your financial aid package. Please contact One Stop Financial Aid for details.