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Scholarship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in scholarships available to Finlandia University students.

Entrance Scholarships

First-time first-year students in good standing will receive one of the following scholarships. All scholarship amounts are per academic year. 

Board of Trustee Scholarship – $7,500

High school cumulative GPA of 3.5. Renewable by maintaining a GPA of 3.25 at Finlandia University.

President Scholarship – $5,500

High school cumulative GPA of 3.25. Renewable by maintaining a GPA of 3.00 at Finlandia University.

Dean Scholarship – $3,500

High school cumulative GPA of 3.0. Renewable by maintaining a GPA of 2.75 at Finlandia University.

Institutional Scholarships

These unique scholarship opportunities make a high-quality education in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula even more affordable. All scholarships amount are per academic year. 

Lake Effect Scholarship

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. Meaning, commuting students will have tuition reduced to $2,500 per year, earning their full Bachelor’s degree for $10,000. The $2,500 per year cost-share can also be covered by federal loans, meaning no out-of-pocket cost. Earn your degree now and pay later!

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.

You can learn more about the Lake Effect Scholarship at finlandia.edu/lakeeffect. Additional rules may apply. Contact your Enrollment Officer or Financial Aid for details.

Rise Together Scholarship – Full Free Tuition

The Rise Together Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that, when combined with federal and state scholarships and grants, covers a student’s entire tuition costs and aligns with Finlandia’s mission of providing affordable higher education to all. The Rise Together Scholarship can be applied to the first two years of study at Finlandia. After the completion of 56 credit hours and/or an associates degree, students can easily transfer into a bachelor’s degree program and become eligible for the $10,000 Finnish Strong Scholarship, which can be renewed on an annual basis. Students must meet all criteria to be eligible for the Rise Together Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable, but students are not eligible to receive additional institutional scholarships. You can learn more about the Rise Together Scholarship at finlandia.edu/freetuition

Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship – $10,000

New incoming transfer students with at least a 2.0 grade point average are eligible for this. The $10,000 Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship to incoming transfer students. This is part of an institutional mission to become the most transfer-friendly institution in the Midwest. Below are a set of frequently asked questions regarding this tuition initiative. Learn more at finlandia.edu/transfer.

U.P. Commitment Scholarship – $4,000

All new incoming students who graduated from a U.P. high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average are eligible for this.

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’re introducing the $4,000 U.P. Commitment Scholarship. To be eligible, students need to have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, have graduated from a U.P. high school. Students will be able to retain this for all four years by maintaining a 2.5 GPA, full-time status and good social standing.

To earn this scholarship, students simply need to talk with their Finlandia University admissions officer. The scholarship will be paid out $2,000 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students earning the Hancock Award are not eligible to receive this scholarship. This scholarship is only available to new students beginning during or after the fall 2019 Semester. Other stipulations may apply, please contact our financial aid staff with any questions. Learn more at finlandia.edu/UPcommitment

Western Great Lakes Scholarship – Up to $4,000

Beginning in fall 2020, all new degree-seeking incoming first-year students who are residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota with at least a 2.25 grade point average are eligible for this needs-based scholarship. Students may be able to retain this scholarship for all four years by maintaining a 2.25 GPA, full-time status and good social standing. The award amount will be determined by family need on an individual basis. Learn more at finlandia.edu/western-great-lakes-scholarship/.

Service Scholarship – $2,000

Core to Finlandia’s mission is the idea of service. This is open to new, incoming non-Upper Peninsula residents with at least edua 2.5 grade point average. 

Finlandia University is a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. To showcase this, Finlandia University is offering incoming students in the fall of 2017 and after the opportunity to earn a $2,000 scholarship for performing community service. To be eligible, students need to have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, and have a letter of recommendation from the organization or group where the service was performed. The scholarship will be renewable each semester for four years by maintaining a 2.5 GPA, maintaining full-time status, keeping good social standing and volunteering at least eight hours per semester.

To earn this scholarship, students need to submit a letter of recommendation proving community service to their admissions officer. The scholarship will be paid out $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students earning the U.P. Commitment Scholarship or Hancock Award are not eligible to receive this scholarship. This scholarship is only available to new students beginning during or after the fall 2019 semester. Other stipulations may apply, please contact our financial aid staff with any questions.

Ambassador Scholarship – $1,500

Based on academic record, on-campus housing, limited to one student per state.

Visiting Scholarship – $1,000

This award is a $1,000 scholarship ($500/year for two years) to those who visit the university (virtual or in-person) by August 1, 2021. This scholarship is available to new incoming full-time students in good standing at the University entering Fall 2021. To receive this award visits must be scheduled through the admissions office.

Esports Scholarship – $1,000

Interested in Esports? Both competitors and production roles for our varsity teams are eligible for a renewable $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to select students that meet the following:

COMPETITORS IN:

– Overwatch
– Call of Duty
– Counterstrike: Global Offensive
– Rainbow Six: Siege
– Fortnite
– Madden
– FIFA
– Rocket League
– League of Legends
– Hearthstone
– Super Smash Bros Ultimate
– Valorant

PRODUCTION ROLES IN:

– Video production
– Photography
– Graphic design
– Web development
– Shoutcasting

Family Scholarship – $1,000 per student

At least two family members enrolled full-time from one family.

Church Matching Scholarship – up to $1,000

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

Legacy Scholarship – $500

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

Early FAFSA Scholarship – $250

The Early FAFSA  Scholarship is a one-time $250 Fall 2021 award given to those who file their FAFSA by May 1, 2021.  This will be awarded to the student upon acceptance to the university and the financial aid office receiving the FAFSA.  The student must be in good standing and full-time (12-18 credits).

All entrance and institutional scholarships and grants require continuous full-time enrollment. Scholarship criteria subject to change without notice. Scholarship programs are subject to change due to financial constraints.

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Other Finlandia Scholarship Postings

These scholarships require an additional application and could be combined with other institutional and entrance scholarships listed above. They will be posted here as they become available. 

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Outside SCHOLARSHIP Opportunities FOR FINLANDIA STUDENTS

Listed below are some private scholarship opportunities that students may also want to look into. Each scholarship and the guidelines/eligibility restrictions of that scholarship are set by that private scholarship organization/company. We recommend students to never pay for any scholarship opportunity. If you have a scholarship you would like to see added to this list, please send information to our financial aid staff

Active Postings

$1,000 A Place For Mom’s Senior Wisdom Video Scholarship – No Deadline

$1,800 Helen S. Blair Memorial Scholarship – Deadline 4/1

$1,500 Semi-Annual Bowen Web Design Scholarship – Deadline 7/1 & 12/1 Annually

$1,000 Conex Boxes, Inc Scholarship – Deadline 10/31 Annually

$1,000 Medical Billing Service’s Annual Health and Technology Scholarship – Deadline 6/1 Annually

$2,500 Quarterly OppU Achievers Scholarship – Deadline 4 diff times per year

$1,000 Contevo Digital Marketing Scholarship – Deadline 12/31 Annually

$2,500 LendUp Opportunity Scholarship – Deadline 4 diff times per year

$1,000 Semi-Annual Scooters ‘N Chairs Scholarship – Deadline 6/1 & 12/31 Annually

$500 Quarterly SDL Promoting Opportunities Scholarship – Deadline 4 diff times per year

Grants for Nursing School Students – misc deadlines

$1,500 Moving Forward After a Car Accident Scholarship-Deadline August 16th, 2021.

$1,000 The Young Leader Scholarship-Deadline December 15, 2021

Scholarships for Veterans -misc deadlines

$1,500 Atlanta Innovative Medicine Annual Scholarship Opportunity-Deadline December 31, 2021

$3,000 Driver Education Initiative Award-Deadline November 30th, 2021

$5,000 The Law Offices of Daniel Kim Scholarship – Deadline December 31st, 2021

$750 Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship – Deadline August 1st, 2021

$1,000 Cancer Horizons College Scholarship – Deadline September 15, annually

2021-22 Fostering Futures Scholarship Application- Deadline August 1, 2021

Private Scholarship Search Engines

Finlandia University recommends that all students expand their awareness of available financial aid. The following websites are good starting points for learning more and for starting the application process.

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