Scholarship Search: Catch a Break Scholarship

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Catch a Break Scholars are hard-working, caring, accomplished, and—we hope—taking on a little less debt as a result of this scholarship. If you are a Minnesota resident and planning on attending one of Minnesota’s public universities (Go, Goldy Gopher, Go!), take a look at the eligibility requirements below and consider applying for this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to help you reach your educational goals.

Scholarship: Catch a Break Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Scholarships Management Services, a division of Scholarship America

Amount: Up to $10,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varies, some scholarships being renewable

Eligible Students: High school seniors or graduates who reside in Minnesota and have plans to enroll full-time, or are already attending, an accredited public in-state university. Minimum ACT score and GPA of 24 and 2.5 respectively. Note: Applicants must have some demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply: Complete the online application form available here:

Deadline: March 15


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross.