Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award

2019 SEED Scholars

  • Esmira Alieva
    Esmira Alieva
  • Oliver Lee Cygan
    Oliver Lee Cygan
  • Alexis Holt
    Alexis Holt
  • Issraa Hussein
    Issraa Hussein
  • J'Mag Karbeah
    J'Mag Karbeah
  • Ummul Kathawalla
    Ummul Kathawalla
  • Amran Nur
    Amran Nur
  • Nahrissa Rush
    Nahrissa Rush
  • Meredith Song
    Meredith Song
  • Sirry Tassah
    Sirry Tassah
  • Emame Thompson-Eja
    Emame Thompson-Eja
  • Yoko Vue
    Yoko Vue
  • Destiny Weaver
    Destiny Weaver
  • Xianyi (Sen) Xiong
    Xianyi (Sen) Xiong

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 2020 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 Coming Soon

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2020 application coming soon. 


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).