3M student support funds are making a difference

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:49am

Scholarships and fellowships play a key role in 3M’s multifaceted approach to supporting the next generation of science and business talent from the University of Minnesota.

10 generous 3M-funded scholarships and fellowships have helped:

  • 95 students in fall 2018
  • 478 students since 2011, when the U of M’s Driven fundraising campaign began
  • 750 students throughout the years

“Innovation is driven by diverse points of view and new ways of looking at problems. A more diverse student population is key to building a successful workforce to solve some of our society’s greatest challenges.”

-Professor Paul Strykowski, associate dean for undergraduate programs, CSE

Highlighting...the 3M Diversity Scholarship

Created in 2015, this scholarship in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is boosting the number of underrepresented students pursuing STEM degrees—and ultimately helping to develop a more diverse workforce for industry partners like 3M.

Scholarship facts and benefits:

  • 46 student recipients since 2015 
  • $10,000 per year (renewable up to 4 years) 
  • 89% retention rate  
  • Gives CSE a competitive edge in recruiting talented students from underrepresented backgrounds, who are often heavily recruited by other top research institutions 

41 student recipients in 2018-19, who are:

  • 68% Hispanic, 17% African-American, 15% American Indian
  • Majoring in:
    • Aerospace engineering
    • Chemical engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Computer engineering
    • Computer science
    • Materials science and engineering
    • Mechanical engineering

CSE’s current freshman class is the most diverse and academically prepared in the college’s history. The average ACT score is 31.8, the college’s highest ever. First-year students of color are at an all-time high—20.2 percent of the incoming class.


CSE-College of Science and Engineering

CSOM-Carlson School of Management

DENT-School of Dentistry

ICA-Intercollegiate Athletics

OED-Office of Equity and Diversity

STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

UMMCH-M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital