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Scholarship & Financial Aid Information

2016-2017 Scholarship Opportunities

Last updated 4-19-17

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.


*The ND scholarship will stay at the top of the list for the duration of the year. Please check below if there are any new scholarships since your last visit*

North Dakota State Scholarship

The North Dakota State (CTE and Academic) Scholarship Application window is now open. Apply online at https://apps.nd.gov/DPI/scholarship/login.aspx
Deadline is June 2, 2017

Current JUNIORS - Wendy's High School Heisman
Deadline: October 2, 2017
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 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.
https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/

Horizon Financial Bank
One $300 scholarship for a Bismarck student whose parent is a customer of the bank. A completed application, including essay and a letter of recommendation must be turned in to the bank no later than May 1, 2017. More information can be found in the counseling center.

ND Juvenile Court Association
- You must have been supervised by a Juvenile Court Officer within the North Dakota Juvenile Court at some point in your childhood and successfully completed probation.
- You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher or have successfully completed a G.E.D. program.
- You must successfully complete an application and all of the requirements for scholarship consideration.
Application materials available in the Counseling Center
Deadline is July 31, 2017

Sunrise Elementary PTO Scholarship
The Sunrise PTO is offering a one time, $500 scholarship to a former Sunrise Elementary student who is graduating from high school during the 2016-2017 school year.The recipient must have attended Sunrise Elementary for at least 1 year.
Requires an essay answering the following three questions:
How did your time at Sunrise prepare you for life/your future/school?
What are your future goals for college and beyond?
Why are you the best candidate for the Sunrise PTO Scholarship?
*Application can be found in the counseling center. Deadline is April 5th, 2017

ND Petroleum Marketers Association, the ND Retail Association and the ND Propane Gas Association
The Associations are offering two-$1,000 scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors attending college in North Dakota.
Please pick up an application and more information in the counseling center.
Deadline is March 20, 2017

Horizon Middle School
2016-17 HORIZON MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA
- TWO one-time scholarships in the amount of $500.00 will be awarded to graduating seniors.
- Recipients will be chosen based on character, need, accomplishments, and goals.
- Must have attended ONE full year at Horizon Middle School.
- Must be a graduating senior from one of the Bismarck Public High Schools.
- Need to have applied to an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Application must be received by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
- A committee will review the applications and the recipients will be notified by May 1, 2017.
Application found at: http://www.horizon.bismarckschools.org/horizon/counseling/

JUNIOR GIRLS
Distinguished Young Women's mission is to inspire high school girls to develop their full potential by providing college scholarships, developing self-confidence, encouraging academic achievement, fitness, performance skills and the ability to think and communicate clearly.

Distinguished Young Women is a unique scholarship program where applicants are evaluated in 5 different categories -
Scholastics (25%) • Interview (25%) • Talent (20%)
Aerobic Fitness (15%) • Self-Expression (15%)

North Dakota program awards cash scholarships to the top winners. The highest scoring individual is named Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota and advances to the Distinguished Young Woman of America program the following June. Several college tuition scholarships are available for simply participating.

There are no fees to apply to a Distinguished Young Women Program.

Requirements to participate include:
1. Must be a high school senior girl (participate in the fall during Senior year)
2. Must be available for the entire 3 days during the program weekend
3. Fill out a contestant application; contestant's agreement and participant release form
4. Must have a guidance counselor fill out an academic record form
5. Perform a 90 second talent presentation

If you are able to meet the above criteria, please apply online at:
www.distinguishedyw.org or contact North Dakota State Chairman to request more information. Carol Rubino-State Chairman
952-250-1248
The deadline to apply for 2018 graduates will be June 1, 2017.

Bismarck Public Schools Foundation Scholarships
The BPS Foundation manages the following scholarships:
~ Diane Sigl Schlosser Scholarship
~ Dixon Wightman Scholarship
~ Gloria Sand Scholarship
~ Kenneth Hendrickson Scholarship
~ Paul & Marion Walz Memorial Scholarship
~ Richard & Ileane Biwer Memorial Scholarship
~ Tayler Fladeland Memorial Scholarship Fund
~ Timothy C Nordquist Memorial Fund
Go to the website below for more information and application materials. Deadline is April 6, 2017
http://www.bpsfoundation.com/scholarships/

Associated General Contractors of North Dakota Scholarship
Amount: $750-$1500
- Seniors who plan to enroll at NDSU this fall and major in Construction Engineering/Construction Management are eligible to be considered for a $1,500 scholarship.
- Seniors planning to attend NDSCS or Bismarck State College this fall and major in a construction related field are eligible for consideration for a $750 scholarship.
Applications are available at www.agcnd.org and www.buildnd.org
Deadline: April 28th, 2017

Simle Middle School
Amount: $250.00
Must be a graduating senior that attended Simle Middle school.
Application can be found at: http://www.simle.bismarckschools.org/simle/pac/
Deadline: April 13th, 2017

The North Dakota Community Foundation Scholarships manages the following scholarships:
~ Alton Wolfer
~ Chris Traeholt Scholarship
~ Edgar Bollinger Scholarship
~ Guy Larson Scholarship
~ Harold Kepler Scholarship
~ Jim & Barbara Blaine
~ Kathy Eggmann Scholarship
~ Paulie Paul Scholarship
~ Robert C. Peske Scholarship
~ Tom Sturdevant Scholarship
Go to the website below for more information and application materials. Deadline is April 6, 2017
http://www.bpsfoundation.com/scholarships/

Bismarck Cancer Center
Amount: $1,000
This scholarship is provides a scholarship to individuals who are interested in and committed to the field of oncology and are pursuing a degree through a Bismarck College.
The application can be found at: www.bismarckcancercenterfoundation.com
Deadline: April 28th, 2017

Gene L. Kouba Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Must be a child of a veteran
Application can be found in the counseling center or at: http://www.vcsu.edu/cmsfiles/60/f5c15a31e2.pdf
Deadline: March 15th, 2017

First Community Credit Union
Amount: $1,000-$4,000
Criteria: Must be a member of First Community Credit Union
Process: Apply online at www.myfccu.com
Deadline: March 17th, 2017

The Northridge PTO Scholarship
Amount: $750.00 for a graduating senior in 2017
Students who attended Northridge School for a minimum of one year are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. The winning recipient will be notified in late April.
This scholarship is not based solely on academics. It is not essential to be a member of the honor society to qualify for this scholarship. The paragraph you write on page three of this application is your opportunity to have the scholarship committee "get to know" you as an individual. This section of the application is studied carefully by the committee.
Application can be found at:
http://www.northridge.bismarckschools.org/northridge/pto-information/scholarship/

Reuben T. Guenthner CTE Scholarship
Graduating CTE high school seniors can apply for the Reuben T. Guenthner CTE Scholarship. Along with the eligibility requirements, the application description/instructions are located here:
https://www.nd.gov/cte/students/RTGScholarship.html
This link includes:
1. the online application link (which they need to complete) AND
2. the email address to which they should send a scan of the Transcript AND 3 letters of recommendation.
Deadline: Everything will now be submitted electronically only and by April 1, 2017.

Robert Miller Elementary Scholarship
The Robert Miller Elementary PTO is offering a one time, $500 scholarship to a former Miller Elementary student who is graduating from high school during the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship check will be made to the college he/she will attend.
Please note all the eligibility, informational, and deadline requirements. Application materials can be found in the counseling center.

Eligibility Requirements
1. The recipient shall graduate during the 2016-2017 academic year.
2. The recipient must have attended Miller Elementary for at least 1 year.
3. The recipient must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
4. The application must be filled out completely and legibly.
*Deadline: March 1st, 2017

XAP RUReadyND.gov scholarship
Beginning January 9, 2017 XAP will be sponsoring a contest and at least one student from North Dakota will win a scholarship for $250. To participate, students will have to complete specific tasks in RUReadyND.gov, then click on the badge at the bottom of the page to enter. The list of required activities will depend on the student's grade level (must be at least 13 to enter). Reminder, once you complete the required tasks, you will need to click on the contest badge to enter your information to be eligible to win.

9th and 10th graders
Complete each of the following:
1. Complete the Interest Profiler.
2. Complete the Work Values Sorter.
3. Complete the Career Cluster Survey.
4. Add a goal about a career that interests you.

11th and 12th graders
Complete each of the following:
1. In Explore Programs and Majors, add three favorite majors to the Portfolio.
2. Find three schools of interest that offer a selected major. Save them to the Portfolio.
3. Save a scholarship to the Portfolio.
4. Add a goal about how to prepare to attend a college selected.
Deadline: February 3, 2017

Juniors and Seniors West Dakota Chevy Scholarship Program
Amount: $500-$5,000
Criteria: The Contest is open only to students who, at the time of entry, are legal residents of the states of North Dakota and who are currently enrolled as a full-time student as a high school junior (11th grade), senior (12th grade)
Process: Apply online at https://a.pgtb.me/7sdbfM
Deadline: March 9th, 2017

Juniors and Seniors Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship
The A & F Scholarships worth $1,000 are available to juniors and seniors with the desire and ambition to succeed. To apply you must write an essay in response to the topic found at www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline: June 10

Aid Association For Lutherans Scholarships
AAL is a membership organization and only members are eligible to apply for the AAL scholarship. Applications are sent to the homes of each eligible member. Applications can also be requested at the local AAL district representative office.

American Cancer Society Childhood Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program
The Great West Division of the ACS awards $2,500 renewable scholarships to young cancer survivors. Apply at www.cancer.org/myacs/greatwest/programsandservices/childhood-cancer-survivor-college-scholarship-program. Deadline: February 22

American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program
The scholarship is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue college degrees in the chemical sciences. ACS will award scholarships worth up to $5,000 per year. Apply at www.chemistry.org/scholars. Deadline: March 1

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest
National essay contest with a total of ten $2,000 scholarships. Contest details, essay requirements and the application process can be found at www.afsascholarship.org. Deadline: April 7

American Indian College Fund/Hilton Family Diversity Scholarship
Scholarship awards of up to $2,500 for American Indian students entering tribal colleges. Must have a GPA of at least 3.0, financial need, and demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to the American Indian community. Visit www.collegefund.org for more information. Deadline: May 31

Bismarck Rotary Club Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: To be considered for a Bismarck Rotary Club Scholarship you must be a graduating senior and you must do THREE things:
1. Complete and submit the SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION with
emphasis on a good essay,
2. Submit your high school transcript,
3. Have one of your teachers submit the SCHOLARSHIP
RECOMMENDATION directly to the Bismarck Rotary Club
Process: Pick up an application in Counseling Center
Deadline: March 15th, 2017

Bismarck Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria:
- Must show good citizenship, volunteerism, and service involvement in the school, church, and community
- Strong Scholastic record and ACT/SAT Scores
- Financial Need
Process: Pick up an application in the Counseling Center
Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Kiwanis Educational Foundation Award
Amount: $850
Criteria: Must attend a ND, SD, MN, or WI college or university
Process: Pick up an application in the Counseling Center
Deadline: January 20th, 2017

Farmers Union Industries Foundation Stanley Moore Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Criteria: Open to Farmers Union Members and their children
Process: Apply online at http://www.ndfu.org/youth/scholarships/
Deadline: April 22, 2017

Hubert K. and JoAnn Seymour Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Must be a Farmers Union member or child of a member
Process: Apply online at http://www.ndfu.org/youth/scholarships/
Deadline: March 13th, 2017

ND Farmers Union Co-Op House Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Criteria:
- Current North Dakota Farmers Union members, members of a cooperative or relatives
of past Co-op House member.
- Applicants must plan to enroll as a freshman at North Dakota State University.
- Applicants need to be pursuing a career important to rural America. However, the field of study is not limited to agri-business, farm operation and production agriculture.
- During the last three years of school, applicants must have a grade point average (GPA)of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Process: Apply online at http://www.ndfu.org/youth/scholarships/
Deadline: March 15th, 2017

ND Farmer's Union Scholarship
Amount: $500
Criteria:
- Applicants must be pursuing a career important to rural America, but not limited to agribusiness, farm operation or production agriculture.
- Must be a high school senior or college undergraduate
- Farmers Union membership required ($30/yearly)
- Must have at least 2.50 grade point average during the last three years of schooling
Process: Apply online at http://www.ndfu.org/youth/scholarships/
Deadline: January 31st, 2017

Stanley Moore Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Must be a Farmers Union member or child of a member
Process: Apply online at http://www.ndfu.org/youth/scholarships/
Deadline: April 3, 2017

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 http://nd.usjcisenate.org/. Deadline: January 15

North Dakota Crop Improvement & Seed Association
ND Crop Improvement & Seed Association provides three scholarships to the NDSU College of Agriculture for incoming freshmen. The amount of each scholarship is $1,000. For more information visit www.ndcropimprovement.org
Deadline is February 15th.

Centennial Elementary PTO
Centennial PTO is offering a scholarship award for two graduating seniors, in the amount of $300 each. The Shelley D. Stumpf Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to students who attended Centennial Elementary at least one year. Applications are due by February 17th. Additional information is provided on the application. Applicants may visit: http://www.centennial.bismarckschools.org/centennial/pto-information/ and click on "scholarship" to download the application from there.

North Dakota Association of Counties
Offers a scholarship for students who are children or grandchildren of county employees or county officials. Six $2,000 scholarships are awarded for the 2017-2018 school year. If chosen as a recipient, you will be invited to be recognized at the NDACo Annual Conference and Expo in Bismarck, October 9, 2017.
Scholarships will be evaluated using a ranking system which considers several factors in the following order of priority:
• Leadership, Volunteerism
• Honors, Awards
• Personal Statements
• Academic Achievement
* Application materials can be found in the LHS Counseling Center
* Deadline June 2, 2017

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 www.bismarckstate.edu. 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 http://bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram/. 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 www.elks.org/enf/elksscholars. 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 www.elks.org/enf/scholars. 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 www.FAScholarship.com.

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 www.NFIB.com/YEA. 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 http://nd.usjcisenate.org/. 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 www.sae.org/students/engschlr.htm. 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: scholarsapply.org/pwdscholarship. Deadline: January 17

Nurse.org Healthcare Leaders Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Based in Bellevue, WA, Nurse.org 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 http://nurse.org/healthcare-leaders/
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
Requirements:
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
Requirements:
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
http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

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
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.
https://bnd.nd.gov/scholarship/

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.
https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/

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
https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html

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.
http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm to apply. PUT TEXT HEREADD TEXT HEREADD TEXT HERE

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: 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:
http://www.umary.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/

University of North Dakota: http://und.edu/admissions/undergraduate/costs-and-aid/scholarships.cfm

Wahpeton
https://www.ndscs.edu/paying-for-college/scholarships/available-external-scholarships/


Montana

Montana State University
http://www.montana.edu/admissions/scholarships/index.html
http://www.montana.edu/admissions/scholarships/nonres.html



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 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.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/


Scholarship Search Websites

Below are some websites that may be helpful in beginning your scholarship and financial aid search.

Native American Scholarship Database
http://www.bhs.bismarckschools.org/uploads/resources/23385/native_american_scholarship_database_2013-14.pdf

AnyCollege.com
Resources include search tools, scholarship drawings, college information request forms, information on featured colleges and universities, and other resources for students, parents, and counselors.

Cappex.com
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.

Bank of North Dakota's College Planning Center
Navigate the financial aid process and learn about credit cards in Bank of North Dakota's recently released videos. Each video takes less than four minutes to watch and provides concise explanations of important topics families face today.

College Information Service

FastWeb
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

MeritAid.com
Comprehensive website dedicated to helping students find merit-based scholarship opportunities from colleges across the country.

RUReadyND

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.
www.ohe.state.mn.us/hesod/NDReciprocity/apply1.cfm


Bismarck Public Schools - link to district home