University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

International Student
Funding Program

Colonial Dames of America Scholarship
(Graduate Students Only)

The National Society of Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) is a national service organization founded in 1891. The NSCDA is an association of 45 corporate societies from throughout the country with over 15,000 members. The NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation.

In Minnesota, they have provided funds for scholarships for international students at the University of Minnesota for more than 50 years.

The Colonial Dames scholarship is only available for graduate and professional degree students.

Eligibility Requirements

The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Minnesota offers scholarships up to $12,000 for international graduate/professional degree students with a F-1 or J-1. The selected students will be named the Colonial Dames Scholars for the academic year.

  • You must be a currently enrolled degree seeking graduate or professional student
  • Your GPA must be 3.00 or higher.
  • You must intend to return to your home country after you finish your degree and use the skills you have acquired in your education for the betterment of the lives of the citizens of your country. This is a scholarship for persons returning home; it is not for students who intend to work in the U.S. after graduating.
  • Recipients must be available to give at least one presentation and/or create a digital story video for the Colonial Dames organization.

Recipients must be available to give a presentation to the Colonial Dames organization and/or create a video to submit to the organization with guidance from ISSS.

How to Apply

The Colonial Dames application is now closed. If you applied, you will be notified when a decision is made. If you have questions, please contact

We are not currently accepting Colonial Dames applications.