Going to college is tough–and paying for college can sometimes be even tougher! The good news is that there are non-profits, companies, and government agencies who want to make it easier for folks to get their college degrees. These organizations give money for scholarships, grants, and stipends to be used for students to pay for their college expenses. The eligibility requirements, selection process, and awards vary but making yourself aware of them is the first step to getting money for college that you won’t have to pay back! Take a look at these North Dakota Scholarships and see which ones you qualify for.
Scholarships in North Dakota
Students who are hoping to pursue a career in aviation should consider the Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship. Awarded by the University of North Dakota, eligible students will meet the qualification requirements of the FAA for licensing and must already have their private pilot’s license. Aviation as well as school and community activities will be considered for the selection process, as well as financial need, and membership in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The program provides awards for up to four highly qualified flight students to earn a college degree with up to $12,500 funding per year for tuition and flight fees.
The American Legion of North Dakota makes available the Hattie Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship for undergraduate students who are attending college in the state of North Dakota. Applicants must be high school seniors and residents of the state, and should be direct descendants (children, grandchildren, etc.) of veterans of the US armed forces who served honorably. The amount awarded each year varies depending on available funds but the maximum amount is $2,000 and must be used within two years of the time the award is given. Selection factors include high school academic progress and a short essay.
North Dakota Academic Scholarship
Provided by the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education, the North Dakota Academic Scholarships are available for full time students who are residents of North Dakota and are enrolled in an accredited North Dakota postsecondary institution. Students must maintain a 2.75 grade point average to remain eligible for the scholarship which is awarded in amounts up to $6,000 total, at $750 per semester. Other qualifications include graduating from high school with a select set of core class requirements from high school, an minimum ACT score of 24 and a cumulative “B” grade point average. The deadline for this scholarship application is June 7 for the following fall semester. If a student chooses to defer the award until he or she is ready to attend college, the entire award must be used within six years of high school graduation.
Also in relationship to the North Dakota Academic Scholarship is the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship. Qualifying students will be residents of the state of North Dakota and planning to attend a North Dakota accredited college or university. Requirements are similar to the Academic Scholarship but there is a WorkKeys assessment which must be completed. Amounts are $1,500 per year (or $750 per semester) which is automatically renewable for up to three more years assuming that the student maintains eligibility of a 2.75 grade point average and is enrolled in 12 credit hours for the first two terms and 15 credit hours each term after that.
These and other North Dakota Scholarships are available to residents of the state or those who are attending college or university in the state. Students who are residents but graduate from a high school which is in a bordering state will typically qualify for these awards. It’s time to get started on taking advantage of these scholarships by making a list of application deadline and walking through the application process as soon as you can! This can be a great start to your college career as well as your future.