#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 of all domestic full-time Finlandia students receive aid. Learn more about how to donate on #GivingTuesday below.




New to Fall 2021, the Lake Effect Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship that allows eligible commuting and on-campus living students to enjoy the benefits of cost-sharing education. Commuting students will have tuition reduced to $2,500 per year, earning their full Bachelor’s degree for $10,000.

On-campus housing students are also eligible to receive the benefits of cost-sharing education. With tuition reduced to $2,500 per year, they will have additional housing costs, which can also be covered by federal loans. The Lake Effect Scholarship aligns with Finlandia’s mission of providing affordable higher education to all.


Available to degree-seeking first-year students who reside in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota. Students must have a minimum of a 2.25 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 2.25 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, 2.25 cumulative high school GPA and must maintain a 2.25 GPA at FinnU. For more information click here.

"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

"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

"I was beyond happy to learn that I was a recipient of the U.P. Commitment Scholarship. I was absolutely blessed to receive this scholarship along with a few other financial awards. As a result of your generosity, soon I will become a physical therapist assistant and have a bachelor's degree that can also be used in healthcare management. This will help me complete school, save money for my licensure exam, and work towards the career I have been working for."

Abigail, PTA & Healthcare Management major, Recipient of U.P. Commitment Scholarship



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 a 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 a 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.


All new international students from Canada residing on campus are eligible, beginning the fall 2022 semester. This scholarship stacks with all other scholarships Canadian students are eligible for.


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FinnU raises money for student scholarships

December 08, 2021

Finlandia alumni, friends and families donated nearly $11,000 toward student scholarships on Giving Tuesday this year. In total, 50 donors raised $10,976 for scholarships such as the Lake Effect Scholarship, Western Great Lakes Scholarship and Rise Together Scholarship, a need-based free full-tuition scholarship established in 2020.

Donors heard stories from FinnU students throughout the day such as Student Ambassador Danny Zuchak, a Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship recipient and student-athlete.

“The Finnish Strong Scholarship allowed me to get a […] Read More

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Giving Tuesday starts now! Today we make a difference

November 30, 2021

At Finlandia, Giving Tuesday means giving back to students. Today, all donations received go directly toward Finlandia’s annual scholarship programs to help provide affordable, quality higher education to all. Currently, 100% of all domestic full-time Finlandia students receive aid.

“Giving Tuesday is everyone’s opportunity to give a special, one-time, extraordinary gift that will open the door and keep it open. Many of those who support scholarships at Finlandia do so because they remember receiving such support when they attended the college or […] Read More

Jordan Shawhan
Support our students this Giving Tuesday

November 26, 2021

Giving Tuesday is only days away!

Jordan Shawhan joins this week’s host Haley Goodreau to talk about the special day of giving dedicated to raising money for student scholarships. Shawhan and Goodreau discuss what to expect from Giving Tuesday as well as the life-long meaningful impact these donations have on FinnU student lives.

“All the money raised is going directly toward student scholarships. Those are need-based scholarships, we have a whole list of scholarships that money goes to on […] Read More

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Kailee Laplander

Executive Assistant to the President & Advancement Office