Access to Excellence Scholarship Campaign Raises $17.9 Million -- 74 Percent Ahead of Goal

Posted: October 22, 2014

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., October 22, 2014 - The foundations affiliated with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities raised nearly $17.4 million in scholarship gifts during the first year of the Access to Excellence scholarship campaign, 74 percent ahead of its first year goal of $10 million. In the 2013–14 academic year, approximately 13,500 students benefited from scholarships. The two-year campaign is the most ambitious scholarship drive in MnSCU history.

“We are tremendously grateful to all of the donors who gave generously to help our students,” said Steven Rosenstone, MnSCU chancellor. “These scholarships make it possible for thousands of students across the state to stay in school and complete their degrees with little or no debt.”

The Access to Excellence campaign is one element in MnSCU’s ongoing commitment to remain the state’s highest value, most affordable higher education option. Tuition and fees at MnSCU are lower than other options, and because scholarships and other forms of financial aid are readily available, MnSCU students graduate with less debt than their counterparts at other colleges and universities in Minnesota. For FY2015, tuition at MnSCU campuses remains frozen at FY2013 levels.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 24 two-year community, technical, and comprehensive colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.