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Scholarships for MLS Students

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program

HRSA: Health Resources & Services Administration

In June 2020, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the University of Minnesota’s Medical Laboratory Sciences program a grant to offer up to ten qualifying MLS program students per year full scholarships to participate in the program.

Scholarships will be available during the academic years that begin in the Fall of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

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SDS Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Sciences’ Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) promote diversity among the health professions by providing awards to full time MLS students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds or those who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The SDS Program aims to increase the: 1) number of graduates practicing in primary care, 2) retention of full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and 3) number of graduates working in Medically Underserved Communities.

For SDS scholarship consideration:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at: any time after January 1st of the year you are applying. You will need your completed income tax forms to complete this process.
  • Disadvantaged Backgrounds include students who may have one or more of the following: Significant financial hardship; racial or ethnic minority groups; first-generation college students; from disadvantaged high schools; are members of or come from medically underserved communities. 
  • You must attend college full-time.
  • For additional information and to find out if you qualify, contact Student Services at 877-334-2659 or [email protected].

Additional MLS Program Scholarships

The undergraduate and Master in Medical Laboratory Sciences programs award scholarships on the basis of need, academic achievement and future potential in the MLS profession. All MLS and MMLS students are eligible to apply for all MLS Program Scholarships. The majority of these scholarship funds come from the generosity of our alumni and friends of the MLS program and employers, and on average, range from $500 to $3,000 per year.

For University of Minnesota MLS Program scholarship consideration:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at: any time after January 1st of the year you are applying. You will need your completed income tax forms to complete this process.
  • Complete the application by the deadline of June 1st.
  • Priority for undergraduate scholarships is given to Year 4, Affiliate, Certificate, and Clinical Year students.
  • Year 3 students may be eligible if they are enrolled at full-time status and if funds are available.
  • International students should consult the MLS scholarship advisor.
  • When you receive your letter offering admission to the program you will receive a scholarship application form.

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Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Alumni Scholarships are made possible by generous donations from our past graduates and other friends of the program. These are not necessarily large donations, but collectively they can make a big difference in the lives of our students!

Constance Bakken Scholarship Fund

The Constance Bakken Scholarship Fund was given in honor of Constance Bakken, a 1946 graduate of the program. Mrs. Bakken has been a generous supporter of the MLS program, having also established the Karen Karni Scholarship Fund, and also is a strong supporter of other University of Minnesota programs. This scholarship has been established to help outstanding MLS students with demonstrated financial need.

Karen Karni Scholarship Fund

The Karen Karni Scholarship Fund was established through the generous contributions of Constance Bakken to honor her friend, Dr. Karen R. Karni, a member of the Medical Technology faculty from 1970-2000 and Medical Technology Program Director from 1984-2000. The scholarship honors the lifework of Dr. Karni, a 1963 alumna of the program, and provides scholarships to outstanding students with demonstrated financial need.

Yvonne Chenoweth Cooke Scholarship Fund

The generous donations of Yvonne Chenoweth Cooke, a 1937 graduate of the Medical Technology Program, established both the Yvonne Chenoweth Cooke Scholarship Fund and the Yvonne Chenoweth Cooke Endowed Professor in Medical Technology. A strong supporter of the MLS program and the University of Minnesota, she enjoyed hearing about the lives of the students who benefitted from her generosity.

Gonyea-Stewart Scholarship Fund

The Gonyea-Stewart Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 by Lorraine Gonyea-Stewart, a former member of the Medical Technology Program’s chemistry faculty, using funds from the sale of ferritin she had purified. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for Medical Technology undergraduate students.

William A. O’Brien Scholarship Fund

The oldest scholarship fund in the MLS Program, this scholarship was established in 1939 in honor of Dr. William O’Brien who was the first director of Medical Technology from 1925 to 1939. The scholarship fund was established to help needy and deserving students in Medical Technology.

Hovde-O’Brien Scholarship Fund

Hovde-O'Brien Scholarship Fund. In 1984, it was renamed to also honor Ruth Hovde, Director of the Medical Technology Program from 1964 to 1984.

McConnell Scholarship Fund

The McConnell Scholarship was established in 1992 in memory of Betty Rae Kramer McConnell, a 1945 graduate of the Medical Technology Program. Her husband wrote of her that “The knowledge, skills and techniques received by her in the Medical Technology Program reinforced her innate integrity and constantly emphasized the scientific method with its stress on observational skills.”

Abner Neeley Scholarship Fund

Abner Neeley was a 1938 graduate of the Medical Technology Program. Mr. Neeley wanted to help students in need have the same opportunity that he had to obtain a quality MLS education. With that in mind, Mr. Neeley left funds to establish this endowed scholarship as part of his estate.

Clarice Olson Scholarships

This scholarship was established in the memory of Clarice J. Olson, a 1947 graduate of the Medical Technology Program, by her son, David Stearns. When Mrs. Olson entered the program, she was a young widow and mother, having lost her husband in World War II. She loved her profession and her alma mater. The establishment of this fund recognizes her contribution to the field of laboratory science and her love of working with laboratory science students. Preference for this scholarship will be given to students who have primary parenting responsibilities during the course of their education.

Ruth Stavitsky Memorial Scholarship

The Ruth Stavitsky Memorial Scholarship provides support to the Medical Laboratory Sciences (a program formerly known as Medical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Sciences). The Donor's lifelong interest in equal opportunity is reflected in this scholarship's preference to increase student body diversity. In evaluating student body diversity, a plus factor will be given to under-represented students if they are underrepresented in the University or in the applicable major or program at the time of the award.

Grace A. Byers Scholarship Fund

The Grace A. Byers Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Grace A. Byers, a 1969 graduate of the program. Her family made the gift after her passing in 2018 and shared that her time at the U "was the happiest time of her life." This scholarship provides financial support to students who are studying towards a Baccalaureate or a Professional Masters degree in the area of Medical Laboratory Sciences and who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Professional Society Scholarships

There are also several national and state level scholarships available to MLS students. Please review the scholarship criteria for the scholarship links listed below. These scholarships require application through these societies at their web site.