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$3,500 from The Urban Village and up to an additional $7,000 from Bethel.


Renewable and recipients must reapply each year.


Requirements, recipients must meet all of the following:

  • Karen & Karenni student - student identifies as a member of the Karen or Karenni community.
  • Be recommended by the Urban Village as a candidate for the scholarship. (Recommendation occurs after submission of this scholarship application).
  • Be offered regular admission as a new freshman or transfer student to the College of Arts & Sciences for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Complete the scholarship application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office by January 31, 2024.
  • Be pursuing initial bachelor degree.
  • Either a U.S. citizen or considered an "eligible non-citizen" for federal financial aid programs.
  • Demonstrate need by submitting the FAFSA need analysis form by January 31, 2024.
  • Graduate from a Minnesota high school while living in Minnesota.
  • Enroll in at least 12 credits that are required for your academic program each semester (excludes summer).
  • Reapply each year (scholarship is renewable for three additional years, four years total, provided students demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress and The Urban Village renews their scholarship).


  • Possess a cumulative high school grade average of at least 3.0
  • Eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and the Minnesota State Grant.



January 31, 2024

How to apply

The deadline to apply was January 31, 2024 and the application is no longer available.

More information

More information is available through the Office of Inclusive Excellence.