2016-2017 Scholarship Opportunities
Below are scholarship opportunities that have been made known to the LHS Counseling Department. The most recent scholarships at the top. For further information on scholarship opportunities and financial assistance for college, please scroll past the individual listings.
Farm Credit Services of North Dakota
Award: Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Student must be from an actively farming or ranching family OR planning to pursue an agricultural career.
Application form can be found at: www.farmcreditmandan.com or www.farmcreditnd.com
Ronald McDonald House Charities US Scholarship Program
Aims to help students who are exemplary role models in their community and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals.
Visit www.rmhc.org for more information
North Dakota School Counselor Association Scholarship
Award Amount: $1,000
o An essay (500 words or less) describing your career plan and who/what helped you with your decision.
o 1 letter of recommendation
Essays will be scored according to:
o Specific supporting details
o Uniqueness of experience arriving at your career plan
o Impact of experience on student's life [person/people or event(s)]
o Technical merit (correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation)
Application can be found at: http://www.ndsca.org/scholarship-application.cfm
"B. Davis Scholarship"
The creators of the "Student Award Search Aid" website are offering a scholarship for 2017.
The website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships. The site is free and charges nothing for the information or the application.
The deadline for applications is May 22, 2017
Amount of Scholarship: $1,000
JUNIORS AND SENIORS
The 55th Annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week will be held March 4-11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Two North Dakota students will be selected and will each receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship, in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the nation's capital! You may access the USSYP information on the NDDPI website by clicking on the following link: https://www.nd.gov/dpi/news/correspondence/. At that site, click on the United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week link and you will find external links to download general program information; a copy of the informational brochure; and the application form for this scholarship. All USSYP Applications must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2016
The Bank of ND Real Deal Scholarship
We will award 48 - $500 scholarships to North Dakota high school seniors from the class of 2017 attending a North Dakota college. Eight recipients are selected each month, October - March, so apply early for more chances to win. The first 1,000 applicants receive a FREE t-shirt. Plus, the 48 recipients have a chance to win a $3,000 scholarship at the end of the school year!
This scholarship is different from most. You don't need to be a student with the top grade point average (GPA) to qualify. It should take you less than 20 minutes to complete the application.
Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
Demonstrate community and school involvement in at least three activities
Plan to attend a North Dakota college
You only need to apply one time to qualify for all six drawings. The sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win.
Wendy's High School Heisman
Deadline: October 3, 2016
If you're a high school senior dedicated to learning, leading, and performing, you have exactly what it takes to become a Wendy's High School Heisman.
Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 43 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.
AXA Achievement Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2016
The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship.
Our scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities:
Ambition and drive
Determination to set and reach goals
Respect for self, family and community
Ability to succeed in college
The deadline for the 11th annual AES Scholarship is October 6, 2016.
The winner(s) will be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline.
Each winner will be personally notified by email.
http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm to apply.
State of North Dakota Academic and CTE Scholarship (link)
ND College Scholarship Pages
Below are the scholarship pages for area colleges. These are a great starting point for researching scholarship opportunities as specific schools. Remember to also check with your program or major of interest as they may have scholarship opportunities also.
Bismarck State College: https://bismarckstate.edu/admissions/payingforcollege/scholarships/
Dickinson State University: http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/divisions/Student-Affairs-and-Enrollment-Management/financial_aid/Scholarships/index
Minot State University: http://www.minotstateu.edu/finaid/scholarships.shtml
North Dakota State University: https://www.ndsu.edu/onestop/finaid/scholarships/
University of Mary:
University of North Dakota: http://und.edu/admissions/undergraduate/costs-and-aid/scholarships.cfm
Montana State University
ND Academic and Career & Tech Ed Scholarships
The counseling office publishes a complete listing of scholarships which can be picked up in the counseling office. During the year, notification of scholarship competitions are received and students are made aware of the scholarships through the daily announcements and "Scholarship Updates" lists posted in the Counseling and Career Saber Center (updated bi-weekly). Applications for these scholarships are located in the scholarship file cabinet or in many cases you are directed to apply online.
Students are encouraged to involve parents in their scholarship search. Religious groups, fraternal organizations, and employers may be great sources of scholarships. Students should inquire into the availability of institutional scholarships at the schools they are considering. This is where the majority of scholarship money is found.
The internet also presents a wealth of information concerning scholarships. A good place to start is scholarshiphelp.org. Visit fastweb.com for a FREE internet scholarship search or register at www.WeeklyScholarshipAlert.org for regular email notices of scholarship opportunities.
A final piece of advice: Beware of scholarship scams - do NOT pay for a scholarship search.
A number of privately operated scholarship search companies charge fees that range from $30 to well over $300. Most provide a list of sources of financial assistance for which you may apply. Many search companies offer to refund your fee if you do not receive any award. However, some services require you to provide a rejection letter from every source on the list to claim your refund. You should be aware that many scholarship sources do not routinely send rejection letters. According to the Federal Trade Commission, warning signs that a scholarship service may be a scam include the following statements:
"This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
Wrong. No one can guarantee to get you a grant or scholarship.
"You can't get this information anywhere else."
Unlikely. Many free lists of scholarships are available. Check with your counselor for FREE information about current scholarships before you pay someone for the same or similar information.
"May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?"
No way. It may be a setup for an unauthorized withdrawal from your account. Don't give out you or your parents' credit card or bank account number on the phone without first getting all the information in writing.
"We'll do all the work."
Don't be fooled. There's no way around it. You must apply for the scholarships or grants yourself.
"The scholarship will cost you some money."
That doesn't make sense. Free money shouldn't cost a thing. Don't pay anyone who claims to have access to a scholarship for you.
"You've been selected by a ‘national foundation' to receive a scholarship or You're a finalist in a contest" (that you didn't enter).
Be careful. Before you send money to apply for a scholarship, check it out. Make sure the foundation or program is legitimate. Most sources of financial aid have application deadlines and eligibility criteria; they do not, generally, operate like a sweepstakes. Some places imitate federal foundations, agencies, and corporations. They might even have official sounding names, using such words as "National" and "Federal" or claim to have a Washington, D.C. location in order to project an aura of legitimacy.
Source: U.S. Department of Education
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Federal Student Aid - information on preparing for college and financial options for post-secondary education.
Scholarship Search Websites
Below are some websites that may be helpful in beginning your scholarship search.
Resources include search tools, scholarship drawings, college information request forms, information on featured colleges and universities, and other resources for students, parents, and counselors.
This site provides student reviews of 3,000 colleges, displays your admission chances on a scattergram view, and allows a search for $11 billion in merit scholarships.
College Information Service
FastWeb, a free scholarship search service, helps students in making the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college, and finding jobs and internships.
Federal Student Aid Scholarship Search
Comprehensive website dedicated to helping students find merit-based scholarship opportunities from colleges across the country.