Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award

2018 SEED Scholars

  • Atosha Rypa
    Atosha Rypa
  • Dani Grutkoski
    Dani Grutkoski
  • Emmanuel Okematti
    Emmanuel Okematti
  • Hana Saifullah
    Hana Saifullah
  • Jillian Fish
    Jillian Fish
  • José Manuel Santillana
    José Manuel Santillana
  • Maia Peterson
    Maia Peterson
  • Sarah Gong
    Sarah Gong
  • Tsion Woldeyes
    Tsion Woldeyes
  • Tyeastia Green
    Tyeastia Green

The SEED Award program honors and acknowledges diverse students who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom. These awards are presented at our annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast.


  • Range from $1000 to $3000 for one academic year. (Note: Your overall financial need will be taken into consideration when awarding funds.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 2019 semester, with a minimum of four semesters’ completed coursework at the University.
  • Students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • 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, LGBTQIA 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.

Application process now closed

(preview of the application)

Deadline: April 1, 2019


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).