Diversity Center Textbook Award

The Diversity Center offers a textbook award (up to $250 per semester) to help subsidize the cost of textbooks for underrepresented (students of color, multilingual, disabled, and LGBT+), first-generation, and SIAS students who are Pell- or Minnesota State Grant eligible. Students who meet these qualifications must submit an application to be reviewed by the selection committee, which will consist of four members from the following offices: BookMark, Financial Aid, C.A.R.E., Disability Support Services, and/or the Multilingual and Intercultural Program Coordinator. 

Here's what you need to know...

1) Students must be Pell- and/or Minnesota State Grant eligible to apply.

2) Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Essay Prompt Response
  • Financial Aid Need Base

3) Students will be awarded a maximum of 10 points* (up to 8 points will be awarded for the content and quality of their essay and up to 2 points for their financial need base). The students with the highest scores will receive up to $250 in FREE TEXTBOOKS! 


ESSAY PROMPT: How will you use your college degree to improve your community and/or the lives of others?

Eligible essays MUST:

  • Answer the above prompt
  • Be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Be between one and two pages, double-spaced
  • Delivered to the Diversity Center (101 Johnson) by the FIRST Friday of the fall or spring semester.
Essays that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at:
Diversity Center
507-933-7449