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Students from North Dakota have many options to help fund their studies. In addition, there are a number of scholarships available to students from other states who attend colleges or universities within the State of North Dakota. The best way to determine if you are eligible for any state funding is to complete the FAFSA application.
A good second step would be to contact the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend or currently attend. Individual schools often have unique scholarships that are available to residents of North Dakota and some for out of state residents. As an addition step, it might be helpful to ask your academic department whether there are any scholarships that they provide to students. Sometimes academic departments are able to offer major- or career-specific awards to students in their department. If you are still searching for ideas for North Dakota scholarships, see the list below:
John Wendschlag Memorial Scholarship is open to junior and senior high school students in North Dakota. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be a resident of North Dakota and graduate from a North Dakota high school. Additionally, the award is only open to students who are majoring in music, education, or art. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.vcsu.edu/financialaid/vp.htm?p=300.
North Dakota NASA Space Grant Consortium provides scholarships to students who are enrolled at a trial or public university or college in North Dakota. In order to be eligible, students must plan to pursue a degree in a STEM field. In addition, students are chosen based on academic merit and thus, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required to apply. In order to apply for this award, students must complete an application form and provide a letter of recommendation. Additional information can be found here: http://ndspacegrant.und.edu/.
North Dakota State Student Incentive Grant Program provides scholarships to students who are attending school for the first time at a North Dakota institution. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a high school in North Dakota or from a high school in a state that borders ND. Additional information about this award can be found at this website: http://www.ndus.edu/students/paying-for-college/grants-scholarships/#NDSSIGP.
North Dakota Academic Scholarships reward students who take academically rigorous coursework while in high school. The maximum amount of this award is $6,000. In order to be eligible, students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled on a full-time basis. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply. Furthermore, students must not have received any grade lower than a C while in high school. Additional information can be found here: http://www.ndus.edu/students/paying-for-college/grants-scholarships/#NDSSIGP.
North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarships are open to high school seniors in North Dakota who have at least a 3.0 grade point average. The amount of the award varies, but up to $6,000 is available. These awards are renewable provided that the student remains eligible. Additional information can be found here: http://www.ndus.edu/students/paying-for-college/grants-scholarships/#NDSSIGP.
Author: Jeff Gitlen