HECUA Scholarships

Scholarship Application deadlines
Fall and Summer programs (Inequality in America, Environmental Sustainability, Making Media Making Change, Race in America): April 15th
Spring programs: (Inequality in America, Art for Social Change, Making Media Making Change) December 1st
Students will be notified by mid-May or mid-December if their application has been accepted.

Scholarship for Racial Justice (up to $4,000)
A central component of HECUA’s mission is to equip students with skills and knowledge for building just communities and democratic societies. In U.S. society, racial discrimination and white supremacy shape power and privilege, including within institutions of higher education. The Scholarship for Racial Justice is one of HECUA’s concrete commitments toward undoing institutionalized racism in higher education.

Applicants must be students of color.
Applicants must have a completed program application on file for a semester-long domestic or international HECUA program (Applicants for Race in America are not eligible).
Note: Students who apply for but do not receive the Scholarship for Racial Justice may withdraw from the HECUA program without financial penalty before the program begins.

Scholarship for Social Justice (up to $1,500)
HECUA supporters—alumni, founders, current and former board and staff members–established this scholarship fund for first generation college students, students from families with low-incomes, and students of color.

Applicant must be a first-generation college student, a student from a low-income family (family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount), or a student of color.
Applicant must be enrolled in a semester-long domestic or international HECUA program (Applicants for Race in America are not eligible).

Scholarship for Community Engagement (up to $750 for semester-long programs, and $350 for Race in America)
HECUA provides a number of these scholarships each semester to students who have worked for social change and whose future goals will be strengthened by a HECUA semester program. 

Applicants must be enrolled in a HECUA program.
Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to working for social change.

Trio Tuition Match

Trio students are offered a tuition match that makes the HECUA tuition the same as U of M tuition. They are still eligible for HECUA scholarships, but scholarships are NOT stacked on top of the tuition match. Whichever award is higher will be applied to the full HECUA tuition.

For example, if a student is awarded the scholarship for Racial Justice ($4,000), that amount would be applied to the full HECUA tuition and tuition match would not be applied because the $4,000 scholarship is more than the difference between HECUA and UofM tuition.