Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. Eligible applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or be eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe; or identified as American Indian by the Indian Education Act; or, Canadian Indian as identified in the Indian Act RSC 1985, CI-5.

The SMSC scholarship program supports incoming University of Minnesota first-year and transfer students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly-admitted graduate and professional students. Scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters for undergraduates, depending on your degree program and contingent upon academic performance. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon academic performance, the school of enrollment, the degree program, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Click here for some basics on how "financial need" is calculated at the University of Minnesota.



NEW EXTENDED Undergraduate deadline: MAY 1, 2018

(Click here for a preview of what the application entails)


Graduate deadline: May 1, 2018

(Click here for a preview of what the application entails)




To continue eligibility for funding:

  • All SMSC Scholars (undergraduate & graduate): Please make sure you fill out your FAFSA by JUNE 30th in order to continue your eligibility for funding.
  • Undergraduate SMSC Scholars - must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Graduate and professional SMSC Scholars - must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Please remember that if you decide to leave the University of Minnesota (any campus), the scholarship DOES NOT go with you. It is only for U of M students.

(Merit awards of $500 are given each fall to current undergraduate scholars only who were admitted in 2017-2018 or earlier who maintain a 3.0 or above grade point average.)

*NOTE: Current scholars DO NOT fill out another SMSC application.




For more information about the SMSC scholarship program, contact Ralph Blanco, Office for Equity and Diversity, at 612-625-8680 or