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 Multiligual 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:

  • Grade Point Average
  • Essay Prompt Response
  • Financial Aid Need Base

3) Students will be awarded a maximum of 25 points* (up to 10 points will be awarded for the student's GPA, up to 10 points will be awarded for the content and quality of their essay, and up to 5 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

*An additional 1.5 BONUS points may be awarded if the student reviews it with a Writing Center Tutor. (Students must meet with a writing tutor, complete a typed Writing Center Tutorial Report, and submit it along with their application 
in order to receive the bonus points. Click here to download a Writing Center Tutorial Report.)

Anderson Hall 104
Monday - Thursday: 7pm -10pm
Sunday: 5pm – 10pm

Diversity Center
Thursday: 7pm - 10pm

*Hours are subject to change. Please visit the Writing Center's website for the most updated tutoring hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at:
Diversity Center