SEED Award Application for Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award program honors outstanding diverse undergraduate students who are currently registered for full-time study at any of the University of Minnesota’s campuses.  SEED Award recipients are diverse students who demonstrate impressive achievement and leadership in at least ONE of the two following areas:

  • Academic performance and engagement within the chosen field of study. The field of study need not be in the areas of equity, diversity, ethnic studies, GLBT studies, etc., but students must demonstrate an exceptional commitment and achievement in the area(s) of study they have chosen to pursue at the University of Minnesota.
  • Community outreach and activism. Students should demonstrate an exceptional commitment to and engagement with a particular issue of social justice, community, and/or community organization.  Such community activism can take place on or off any of the University of Minnesota’s campuses.

In addition, all undergraduate SEED Award recipients will demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community. Undergraduate SEED Awards range from $1000 to $3000. (Note: Your overall financial need will be taken into consideration when awarding funds.) Awardees will also partake in a SEED video and photo shoot, a dinner and educational workshop, and will be guests of honor at our annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

Students eligible for SEED Awards must meet the following criteria:

  • Diverse students whose backgrounds and/or identities are underrepresented at the University of Minnesota.
  • Students who will be full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors at any of the University of Minnesota’s campuses during the Fall 2018 semester, with a minimum of four semesters’ completed coursework at the University.
  • Students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

DEADLINE for SEED Award applications: Saturday, April 1, 2018.

*Apply Here*

(click here for a preview of what the application looks like)

(For the graduate student application, click here)

Requirements include (all of these are listed in the application):

  • Complete application (use link above)
  • Two letters of recommendation (your recommenders needs to upload their own letters via the link found in your application by the deadline)
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of your transcript
  • Resume

(For questions about the award and/or the application, contact Ralph Blanco,, 612-625-8680.)