Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award

Current SEED Scholars

  • Tanmay Agarwal headshot
    Tanmay Agarwal
  • Qui Alexander headshot
    Qui Alexander
  • Manyi-Eyong Ayuk Headshot
    Manyi-Eyong Ayuk
  • Briana Clifton headshot
    Briana Clifton
  • Caity Curry
    Caity Curry
  • Farrah Mina headshot
    Farrah Mina
  • Roseline Kanssole  headshot
    Roseline Kanssole
  • Jael Kerandi headshot
    Jael Kerandi
  • Janessa Millar headshot
    Janessa Millar
  • Kiona Paske headshot
    Kiona Paske
  • Gitanjali Raman headshot
    Gitanjali Raman
  • Jenny Tam headshot
    Jenny Tam
  • Nate Taye headshot
    Nate Taye
  • Osirus Washington headshot
    Osirus Washington

The SEED Award program honors underrepresented students who are doing outstanding work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Minnesota and in the community. These awards are presented at our annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

About the Undergraduate SEED Awards

The Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards honor underrepresented undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their outstanding work in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion while at the University of Minnesota and in the community.
 

Sue W. Hancock SEEDs of Change Awards

These awards are given to undergraduate students who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through their academic achievement, community outreach and engagement, and leadership. These awards are named in honor of Sue W. Hancock, whose 27-year career of service at the U of M inspired her colleagues and students. Recipients are full-time juniors or seniors pursuing active community engagement while maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.


Milton and Danae Andrews SEED Award

The Andrews SEED Award was created by Milton and Danae Andrews through the University of Minnesota Foundation to support students demonstrating impressive engagement with and commitment to issues of equity and diversity through outstanding academic achievement and activism. The recipient of this award will be the featured student speaker at the annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on November 12, 2020. The awardee will speak about how they are working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Minnesota and in the community. 

Learn about the Graduate SEED Awards

Amount:

  • Range from $3000 to $5000 for one academic year. (Note: Your overall financial need will be taken into consideration when awarding funds.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 2020 semester, with a minimum of four semesters completed coursework at the University.
  • Students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  •  Students who demonstrate  outstanding achievement and in the following areas:
    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the chosen field of study. 
    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through community outreach and engagement.
    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through exemplary leadership activities.

Undergraduate SEED Application

The 2020 SEED Award deadline has passed. 

Donate

If you wish to donate funds to the SEED 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).