#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

At Finlandia, #GivingTuesday means giving back to students. All donations received this #GivingTuesday will go toward Finlandia’s annual scholarship programs to help make Finlandia affordable for current and future students. Currently, 100 percent off all domestic full-time students receive aid. Learn more about how to donate on #GivingTuesday below.

In order to make your donation go further, Finlandia is excited to announce that a donor has agreed to match the first $10,000 raised on the day.




Available to degree-seeking first-year students who reside in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota. Students must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA to be eligible for this needs-based scholarship. The amount awarded will be individual to the recipient and their family need. This scholarship can be retained for four-years by maintaining a 2.75 GPA.


A need-based scholarship that, when combined with federal and state scholarships and grants covers a student’s entire tuition cost. The Rise Together Scholarship can be applied to the first two years at Finlandia. Eligibility Requirements include; being a Mighigan resident, must file FAFSA by March 1, First year, full-time enrollment in an associates degree program, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) eligible, Pell eligible, Michigan Tuition Grant eligible, 2.75 cumulative high school GPA and must maintain a 2.75 GPA at FinnU. For more information click here.

"For many on our team - first generation college students and students of color in particular - college and college soccer became an option because of Finlandia's institutional dedication to providing opportunities for all people. Simply put, at Finlandia, all means all, and opportunity for all."

Grace Sokolow, Women's Soccer Head Coach

"I was excited to hear that I qualified for this scholarship because it would allow me the opportunity to go to a four-year private university without having to take out any loans. That's such a huge blessing to me! I realize what a privilege it is to be able to attend a private university and get a nursing degree without incurring a large amount of debt. I am so thankful for the Rise Together Scholarship."

Jari Juntti, Pre-Nursing major from Hancock, MI



We’re proud to call the Upper Peninsula of Michigan home, and have a passion for welcoming our fellow Yoopers to campus, which is why we have established the $4,000 U.P. Commitment Scholarship.


Finlandia is a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth and service. To showcase this, Finlandia offers incoming students the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship for performing community service


$7,500 given to incoming students with an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1200 AND high school cumulative GPA of 3.5. Renewable by maintaining a GPA of 3.25 at Finlandia University.


$5,500 given to incoming students with an ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1100 AND high school cumulative GPA of 3.25. Renewable by maintaining a GPA of 3.00 at Finlandia University.


$3,500 given to incoming students with a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0. Renewable by maintaining a GPA of 2.75 at Finlandia.


New incoming transfer students with at least a 2.0 grade point average are eligible for this $10,000 scholarship.


$1,500 based on academic record and on-campus housing this scholarship is awarded to the first student from each state to enroll at Finlandia.


$1,000 per student for families who have two two family members enrolled full-time.


Matches up to $1,000 pledged by a church.


$500 Available to students whose parent, grandparent or sibling graduated from Finlandia University.

"I work with various types of students, but transfer students are some of my favorites because I was a transfer student myself. The Finnish Strong Scholarship makes such a difference to these students and I’m always thrilled to be able to offer it to them. One student in particular was going through a number of life changes and was very concerned about the cost of attending after everything that’s happened this year. With the Finnish Strong Scholarship and their other financial aid we were able to essentially bring them in to complete a four year degree with little cost."

Gina Geliche ('19, Fiber & Fashion Design), Enrollment Officer

"After graduation from a small school in Michigan, I realized that there are many opportunities at smaller schools that aren’t necessarily offered in bigger schools due to the amount of students. I learned that teachers at smaller schools have more opportunities to work one-on-one with students. Not only that, but the teachers at the smaller schools seem to care more. Finlandia showed great examples of this by offering many ways to succeed."

River Shumate, Business major from Ishpeming, MI, Recipient of Finlandia Merit & UP Commitment Scholarship

"In TRIO SSS we find that the addition of a $2,000 scholarship makes a positive financial impact on reducing the students’ college expenses. The service scholarship can be the extra support that students need in order to cover the costs of books and supplies with their financial aid award." 

Cindy Cowell, Director of TRIO SSS


Giving Tuesday brings in over $30K for student scholarships

December 15, 2020

Finlandia alumni and friends donated over $30,000 for FinnU’s Giving Tuesday efforts on Dec. 1, 2020. In total, 61 donors raised $30,087 for student scholarships. This total includes the $10,000 anonymous match that kicked off the event.

“Once again, Finlandia’s friends and alumni stepped up to support student scholarships,” said President Philip Johnson. “A special thank you to the generous heart behind the anonymous $10,000 Giving Tuesday match.”

Throughout the day, donors heard from numerous students and staff […] Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Shane Voldarski, Criminal Justice Major

December 01, 2020

Shane Voldarski is a criminal justice major at from Ontonagon, Mich. and recipient of the UP Commitment and Finlandia Merit Scholarships. Below is an interview between Voldarski and Amanda Staege about how scholarships have impacted their experience. 

Tell me a little about yourself and your family. Where did you grow up- what was that experience like? 

I am a first generation college student, and grew up in Ontonagon, about 45 minutes away from Finlandia. My childhood wasn’t the easiest, I […] Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Jari Juntti, Nursing Major

December 01, 2020

Jari Juntti is a freshman Nursing major at from Hancock, Mich. Below is a piece written by him about how much Finlandia scholarships have helped him pursue his degree. 

My name is Jari Juntti. I was born in New York and have lived in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee. Our family moved to Hancock, Mich., the summer before my first grade year. My dad was born and raised in Marquette, and he wanted to come back to the U.P. I attended […] Read More

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