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2016-2017 Scholarship Opportunities

Last updated 11-16-16

Below are scholarship opportunities that have been made known to the LHS Counseling Department. The most recent scholarships are at the top. For further information on scholarship opportunities and financial assistance for college, please scroll past the individual listings.

Bismarck State College Foundation Scholarship
Awards from $500 to $2,000 per year for qualifying students in academic, performing arts, visual arts, journalism and certain technical and energy programs at BSC. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0 have a great chance of earning a scholarship! Find a complete listing and applications at Priority Deadline: January 25

Burger King Scholars Program
Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service. Apply at Deadline: December 15

Elks Legacy Awards
Four-year $4,000 awards for children or grandchildren of an Elk in good standing. Applicant should exhibit core values of knowledge, charity, community and integrity. Also judged on ACT/SAT scores, transcript, application and essay. Available online only at Deadline: February 3

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Local winners (3 male, 3 female) receive from $400-$800. Five hundred national winners receive a minimum of $4,000. Must be a U.S. citizen, do not have to be related to an Elks member. Judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Available at Deadline: November 30

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
The Freedom Alliance honors our military heroes by granting scholarships for dependent sons or daughters of US soldiers who were permanently disabled or killed while serving their country. Apply at

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Awards
Scholarships ranging in value from $2,000-$15,000 to recognize young people who own and/or operate their own small business. Criteria also includes academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership and character. Available online at Deadline: December 18

North Dakota Jaycee Senate Lisa Burdolski Memorial Scholarship
The ND Jaycee Senate awards four scholarships worth $300 each. Two primary award winners and two alternate winner will be selected. Primary winners are then eligible to compete nationally for $1000 scholarships from the US JCI Senate Foundation. Applications can be found online at Deadline: January 15

Society of Automotive Engineers Scholarship Program
An extensive variety of undesignated and university sponsored programs for those pursuing study in the science or engineering fields. Find online at Deadline: January 15

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities
Renewable scholarships of up to $2,500 for seniors with an identified disability and planning to enroll full- or half-time at an accredited two- or four-year college. Minimum GPA of 3.0. To learn more and apply, visit: Deadline: January 17 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Based in Bellevue, WA, is seeking applications for the Healthcare Leaders Scholarship. To be eligible for the $1000 award, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, be pursuing a degree related to healthcare, and submit a 600-1000 word essay by January 29th. Scholarship is offered once a year and award is paid directly to the student.
Process: Apply online at
Deadline: January 29th, 2017

North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association
Deadline is April 28, 2017
The NDRWSA is offering up to $8,000 in scholarships to students who are enrolled in Bismarck State College's Water and Wastewater Technology program OR to a child/grandchild of a current city/rural water system employee or elected city/rural water system official. Preference is given to North Dakota residents. Application materials and further details can be found in the counseling center.

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: or

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 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:

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

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: 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
Drawings: October-March
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.
Applicants must:
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

AES Scholarship
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. to apply.

ND College Scholarship Pages

Below are the scholarship pages for area colleges. These are a great starting point for researching scholarship opportunities at specific schools. Some of them also list state and national scholarship opportunities. Remember to also check with your program or major of interest as they may have scholarship opportunities also.

North Dakota

Bismarck State College:

Dickinson State University:

Minot State University:

North Dakota State University:

University of Mary:

University of North Dakota:



Montana State University

State of North Dakota Academic and CTE Scholarship (link)

ND Academic and Career & Tech Ed Scholarships

Scholarship Information

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 Visit for a FREE internet scholarship search or register at 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 and financial aid search.

Native American Scholarship Database
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.


Minnesota/North Dakota Reciprocity
Students are engouraged to fill out the on-line application for Minnestota/North Dakota reciprocity. For more information about the North Dakota/Minnesota reciprocity pick up an informational handout in Student Services.

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