The Sezzle Scholars Program Overview

Sezzle is excited to announce the creation of the ‘Sezzle Scholar Program’ at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of Sezzle HQ. Beginning this semester and continuing forward, Sezzle will sponsor a yearly $124,000 full-ride scholarship, which includes tuition and all ancillary expenses, to a deserving student in the College of Science and Engineering. 

Sezzle has made a commitment to continue to fund the Sezzle Scholar Program for one new student in each new incoming freshmen class. Following recommendations of Sezzle, the recipients will be chosen by the University of Minnesota based on an array of important factors including diversity, merit, and financial need. The Sezzle Scholars Program will follow each student through graduation, highlighting the impact and importance of action in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. As a Public Beneficiary Corporation, Sezzle is dedicated to serving our community. The goal of this program is not only to provide an opportunity for students entering into a career in STEM, but also to inspire other companies to follow suit.

Check out the full press release from the University of Minnesota here.

Meet Our 2020 Sezzle Scholar, Jonathan Olaleye

Sezzle is thrilled to announce the incoming freshman who has been selected as the first Scholar in their Program. Jonathan Olaleye, a first-year University of Minnesota Honors Program student in the College of Science and Engineering and graduate of Champlin Park High School, was chosen as the inaugural Sezzle Scholar. During his high school years, Jonathan completed many Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes, was named a National Merit Commended Scholar, and graduated with Highest Honors. He was involved in student council service projects and the school’s Link Crew, which helps new students acclimate to the school. He’s also a budding entrepreneur who has designed websites, computer apps, and his own gaming system. Olaleye plans to major in computer science or computer engineering.

“This is a big deal, not only for me, but for my family. It removes so much stress associated with the financial side of college. There’s a lot of things that I want to do over the next few years and after I earn my degree. Not having to worry about money, in the way that I otherwise would have, lets me focus on those things. Right now, all I can be is extremely grateful and make the most of this opportunity.”

Sezzle Scholar, Jonathan Olaleye​

Scholarship Resources and Programs

Sezzle is a strong pursuer towards the solution to provide academic support and financial aid to underrepresented groups. Because Sezzle can’t provide scholarships to every deserving bright mind out there, the company wants to share the following list of scholarship resources. Sezzle wishes all students the best no matter what path they take, and believes that this young generation of minds will change the world.

  • The Scholarship Workshop – Scholarship information from an award-winning author and scholarship winner.
  • The Scholarship Academy – Curriculum to help students identify tailored scholarship options and build solid scholarship profile.
  • College Affordability Guide – Info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree and an analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.
  • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
  • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
  • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
  • Fastweb – Create a profile and let Fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
  • Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
  • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
  • StudentAid.gov – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
  • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
  • UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
  • National Society of High School Scholars – NSHSS and its partners offer more than $2,000,000 in scholarships annually. All students are eligible to apply for high school and college scholarships in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more.

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