Catch A Break! Scholarship

  • Bachelor
  • $11,000 per year for up to four years
  • 31 March 2021
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The Catch a Break!® Scholarship Program was established to assist highly motivated Minnesota residents who have faced challenges in life and learned from them, and are now enrolling for the first time in post-secondary education. Renewable Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited public four-year college or university in Minnesota for the entire academic year.
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  • You have faced challenges in your life and learned from them

  • You are highly motivated and know why you want a college education
  • You are a US Citizen and a MN resident
  • You have been admitted to a 4-year public (not private) college or university in Minnesota
  • Your composite ACT score is 24 or higher
  • You will be 21 years of age or younger when admitted as a freshman
  • Your family’s household income shows significant financial stress/challenges in paying for your college education. Award amount determined after consideration of all sources of financial aid


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Students can receive up to $11,000 per year for four years, a total of $44,000.


Award Winner Requirements
Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a satisfactory academic performance of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the freshman year
After the first year, students must achieve either a 3.0 GPA each semester or maintain a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a full-time undergraduate course of study
A school change may result in an award adjustment or forfeiture
Recipients are required to meet with a Catch a Break! mentor at least four times a year, each year they receive the award; recipients must also participate in group Catch a Break! meetings at least twice a year
Recipients of the scholarship are not permitted to work during their freshman year of college and must live on campus
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