North Dakota Scholarships
Students at all levels of education in North Dakota find themselves struggling to find ways to pay for a college education. If you are one of these students, you can always count on federal financial aid for some help, but it will never be quite enough. Luckily, there are many scholarships in North Dakota that can help students meet the financial shortfall and get a college education without going too deeply into debt. Here are some of the programs available in the state:
Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate or graduate students who are residents or current students at a school in North Dakota. Typically, the program provides one $5,000 scholarship as well as four $4,000 awards. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must have shown a strong commitment to peace and justice by completing a particular project, showing courage in pursuing convictions, displaying participation and leadership in a peace organization, or serving as a role model for others in promoting peace and justice. Applicants must also show how the use of the scholarship money will deepen their commitment and help promote peace and justice for others. Recipients will be required to undergo a personal interview. Interested students must submit applications and supporting documentation by March 15. For official applications and further details, visit www.hawkinsonfoundation.org.
James A. Guy Memorial Endowment
This scholarship program is for students with at least a 2.5 GPA who graduated from high school in a Dollars for Scholars community. In addition, students must be second year or higher undergraduate students or must be in a graduate program. Applications for the scholarships are due April 1 and winners will be drawn from all eligible applicants. Applications for these scholarships are available at www.nddfs.org.
Joann Link Hetzel Endowment
This program provides fifteen $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within a DFS community who intend to go to a vocational or technical school. Preference is given to students studying mechanics, electrical, welding, or surveying. Students from all DFS communities may apply, but preference is given to those from Halliday, Killdeer, Glen Ullin, Hebron, New Salem, Beulah, Hazen, Washburn, Garrison, Turtle Lake, or Wilton. Applications and full program details can be found at www.nddfs.org.
Brad and Julie Burgum EMST Scholarship
This program provides EMST training to individuals in rural communities. To be eligible, students must be 18 or older and meet all criteria for EMST training. In addition, applicants must be training to be an Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in a ND Department of Health approved program. Applications are accepted all year and recipients for the $500 scholarships are chosen in August and February. Interested students can get applications and details at www.nddfs.org.
Dr. Fradkin Regional Community Service Scholarships
This program provides eight $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who excel in community service. One scholarship is awarded to a student from each North Dakota region. If you are heavily into community service and feel that you are an ideal candidate for these funds, visit www.nddfs.org.
This scholarship is available to students who attend any North Dakota or Red River Valley postsecondary institution and who plan to return to a community within the area. Recipients may receive up to $12,000 for IRS allowable postsecondary expenses, $3,000 for tuition and fees to attend a leadership program, opportunities to perform service to the area, and chances to serve on state boards and committees. To be eligible, students must be incoming freshmen, graduate students, or continuing students of any age. In addition, applicants must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a 27 or above on the ACT. Students must also be accepted or enrolled in an accredited postsecondary program in North Dakota or Red River Valley and must demonstrate excellence in school activities, cultural competency, communication and problem solving, and community service. Detailed eligibility and application information is available at www.nddfs.org.
The purpose of this fund is to honor the dedicated military personnel of the state by providing $1,000 scholarships to dependents of a ND military unit member. To be eligible, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be a graduate or current resident of a Dollars for Scholars community. To apply, students must submit the official application along with recent transcripts and other required documentation by the deadline. Preference is given to students who have a parent who is deployed overseas or who died in the line of duty. Applications and further details are available at www.nddfs.org.
Sanford Health Scholarships
This program provides five $1,000 scholarships to students who are second year or above undergraduates. To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing an accredited degree in a healthcare-related field. In addition, students must be North Dakota students who graduated from a high school with a DFS chapter or who live in a DFS community. Finally, students must be pursuing a medical career. To apply, students must submit a completed application along with recent transcripts. Interested students may apply at www.nddfs.org.
Reuben T. Guenthner Scholarship
This program provides two scholarships for $350 each to eligible students. To be eligible, students must be graduating seniors who have completed at least one career and educational course between 9th and 12th grades. In addition, applicants must enroll in a two-year postsecondary institution in North Dakota as a full-time student in a career and technical education program. To apply, students must submit the completed application form along with high school transcripts and three letters of recommendation by April 1. Recipients will be chosen based on career goals, leadership experience, school and community involvement, recommendations, work experience, grades, and general appearance of the application. Applications and full details can be found at www.nd.gov.
North Dakota Farmers Union Scholarship
This program provides scholarships to first year or undergraduate students pursuing a career important to rural America, such as farm operation, production agriculture, agribusiness, or a related field. To be eligible, students must be high school seniors or current college undergraduates, Farmers Union members, academic achievers with at least a 2.5 GPA. To apply, students must submit the completed application along with financial information, letters of recommendation, and transcripts by January 31. Interested students can read full program details and download applications on the official website.
Co-op House Scholarship
This scholarship is open to students who are planning to enroll as freshmen at North Dakota State University in any field of study. To be eligible, students must be a Farmers Union member, relative of a past co-op house member, or member of a cooperative with at least a 2.5 GPA. To apply, students must submit the completed application along with financial information, transcripts, and letters of recommendation by March 15. Applications and detailed information can be found at the official scholarship site.
These scholarships in North Dakota are designed to ease the financial burden for students from all walks of life. If you are a student in the state, there are programs available for you regardless of your stage of education or your future goals.