Puckett Scholarship

  • Group of Puckett Scholars

The Puckett Scholarship was created in 1994 by Kirby and Tonya Puckett to provide scholarships for incoming first-year students from Minnesota. Any high school senior from the state of Minnesota who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is eligible to apply for the Puckett Scholarship. Preference is given to students of color who demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership and/or community involvement, financial need, and who have excellent potential to succeed at the college level.


  • $4000 for the first year; merit awards of an additional $1,000 - $2,000 are given annually to scholars who maintain outstanding grade point averages (renewable annually for up to four years).


  • High school senior graduating from a school in the state of Minnesota
  • Admission as a full-time student to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for the Fall 2021 semester
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree
  • Have your FAFSA completed and on-file at the U of M by March 1st

For current scholars only:

  • You do not need to fill out any applications to renew your scholarship.
  • Simply maintain "Satisfactory Academic Progress"
  • You must be registered as a "Full Time" student.
  • You must complete your FAFSA each year and have it on file at the U of M.
  • An additional $1000 will be given if you maintain a GPA that is 3.0 - 3.49.
  • An additional $2000 will be given if you maintain a GPA that is 3.5 - 4.0

More Information

Contact the Office of Admissions for more information on the Puckett Scholarship. 


If you wish to donate funds to the Puckett Scholars Program, you may do so online. You can also contact the University of Minnesota Foundation directly at 612-624-3333, or 800-775-2187 (toll-free).