Scholarships

  • The Basics

    The counseling office publishes a complete listing of scholarships which can be picked up in the counseling office of you can access them on below. 

    During the year, notification of scholarship competitions are received and students are made aware of the scholarships through the daily announcements and "Scholarship Updates" online. 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/ 

     

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

      

    *Please check the counseling office for some new scholarships that are not listed online*

    Scholarship funds are available and awarded to several participants in the program. Last year, $1,800 was
    given out among multiple participants in the North Dakota program! Beyond the monetary rewards, participants
    often gain life-long friendships.

    The ND Career Builders- Scholarship & Loan Repayment program is a tool for business to recruit and retain talent in high-need and emerging occupations in the state.  This unique partnership provides $1 of state funds for each $1 of private-sector matching funds, up to a total of $17,000 per recipient!  The high-need and emerging occupations list is reviewed annually to determine qualifying positions.  Individuals can receive a scholarship on the front end, loan repayment on the back-end, or both, for their commitment to the state to fill one of the high-need occupations.  Learn more by reviewing the information below, or contact the NDUS at 701-328-2906 or ndfinaid@ndus.edu with questions.

    High School Oratorical Scholarship Program-  For the student who looks for an academic challenge and an opportunity to gain scholarship funds, the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is a natural fit. The Legion awards up to $18,000 paid to any college. The contest consists of two parts: (1) a prepared oration of 8-10 minutes, followed by (2) an assigned topic of 3-5 minutes. The orations must be the original effort of each contestant. The first level of competition is Saturday, Dec. 5 at the AMVETS building, 2402 Railroad Ave

    Dalworth Rug Cleaning Scholarship For 2021- If you're enrolled in a two or four year college, this is for you! You can win a $2,000 Scholarship! Check this out!

    Big Future - Welcome to the College Board's Scholarship Search!  Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

    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.

    NCAA Scholarships- NCAA  Divisions I and II schools provide more than $2.9 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student-athletes. Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships. Only about two-percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. Of the student-athletes participating in sports with professional leagues, very few become professional athletes. A college education is the most rewarding benefit of the student-athlete experience.

    North Dakota Indian Scholarships -  Students can earn up to $2,000 in scholarship funding per year. Recipients must maintain GPAs of 2.0 or higher.  Applicants must be North Dakota residents and enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribe. They must be accepted for admission by a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program and be enrolled as full-time students. Scholarships are based on unmet need as well as merit. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 - 3.499 must show unmet need to qualify. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher can qualify based on merit. Students may not receive more than the equivalent of full funding for six academic years.

    American Indian College Fund Additional Scholarship Database – College information and multiple scholarship opportunities.  Varying deadlines. Applications open January.

    Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund  The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) offers scholarship opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander students with financial need to increase their access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success. 

     

    Scholarships that were received by the LHS Student Services staff. Many of these are local (community, region, state), but not all.  Scholarships are listed in the order they are received (those received most recently are listed on top): 

    *Please check the counseling office for some new scholarships that are not listed online*

    Heisman Scholarship- The Heisman Memorial Trophy is renowned for symbolizing the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed male and female high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.

    Dakota Community Bank-  Dakota Community Bank & Trust will be awarding a $500 scholarship in May.  The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021. 

    ND Stockmen's- The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) is offering several scholarships in 2021. There are many options, check them out! Deadline is March 1, 2021.

    Lem Garcia Scholarship- The Lem Garcia Law Scholarship will provide a $1,000 award to an aspiring attorney who is currently enrolled or planning to enroll in law school for the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship program is intended to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with attending law school. Deadline is March 21, 2021. 

    Women's Leadership- KPMG is a big supporter of JA and shared the below opportunity for high school senior girls. Applications are now being accepted and the winners (22) will receive $10,000/year for 4 years for college.  If you know someone who might be a good fit, please encourage them to apply!  Having worked on national programs, you don’t see a lot from ND so those applications are generally viewed favorably.

    ExtremeTerrain Student Scholarship- 2 x $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems. One scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester and another for the spring semester each year. Deadline is June 15, 2021.

    AmericanMuscle Student Scholarship- 2 x $2500 scholarships for students pursuing an automotive-themed major(mechanical engineering, robotics etc.) One scholarship will be awarded every spring semester, followed by one additional scholarship to be awarded for the fall semester each year. Deadline is June 15, 2021.

    AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship- 2 x $2500 scholarships to students(including high school seniors) pursuing a career in the traditional building trades such as HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study. One scholarship will be awarded every spring semester, followed by one additional scholarship to be awarded for the fall semester each year. Deadline is June 15, 2021.

    BPS Scholarships- Be sure to check this website out throughout the year. There are a wide variety of scholarships for all sorts of different students! 

    ACT Scholarship Giveaway
    Dream Big! Win Big! The ACT will be giving away a $15,000 scholarship + $5,000 technology package to 14 lucky students this school year. Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT® test between 9.3.2019 and 6.26.2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win. It’s that easy!  

    Dakota Community Bank-  The scholarship is available to North Dakota high school seniors who demonstrate community and/or school involvement and plan to enroll full-time for the fall (12 credits or more). Consideration for this scholarship is based on a point system including participation in extra-curricular activities, school organizations and your local community as well as a brief essay. We encourage all current seniors who plan to continue their education to apply. The deadline for the 2020 scholarship application: March 5, 2021.

    Cancer unwrapped Teen Writing Contest-  We invite you to submit a short essay about your experience with cancer for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Since the contest began in 2006, we have received more than 5,000 submissions and handed out over $175,000 in prize money to teens. Deadline is Feb 19, 2021.

    Abbott & Fenner Scholarship- To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships at abbottandfenner.com Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

    ND Crop Improvement & Seed Association Scholarship There will be three $1000 scholarships available to incoming freshmen and three $1000 scholarships available to undergraduates (excluding freshmen). Eligibility requirements are that the applicant shall be a resident of the state of North Dakota and attend a North Dakota School, the applicant and/or guardian shall be a member of their respective county Crop (Ag) Improvement Association., and the applicant shall be a full-time student (12 credits or more). Deadline is Feb 15, 2021.

    North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association Patrick Denne Memorial Scholarship- Child or grandchild of a current city/rural water system employee or elected city/rural water system official (water system must be a current member of ND Rural Water Systems Association). OR ✓ Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in Bismarck State College’s Water and Wastewater Technology program. Student must have (a) successfully completed at least two Water and Wastewater technology courses within the program and earned a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) over the term; and (b) carry a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester they are seeking a scholarship. Deadline is March 31, 2021.

    Bismarck Dollars For Scholars- Dollars for Scholars believes any sincere and determined person should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after high school. Scholarships can be for two-year, four-year, or vocational and technical colleges.  Bismarck Dollars for Scholars will award $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Bismarck High School, Century High School, Legacy High School, South Central High School, St. Mary's Central High School, and Shiloh Christian School.  In addition, North Dakota Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships to students statewide. These awards are for entering freshman as well as students in continuing years.  Deadline February 28, 2021

    North Dakota Jaycee Scholarship Submissions- Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Do not submit the application to any address on the web page except those under the State Scholarship listing section (packages submitted to the wrong address will not be forwarded). Additional information is included in the Application instructions. 

    The Bismarck Rotary Scholarship- This is a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to one Senior at Legacy High School. This Scholarship requires submitting the following; Scholarship application with an emphasis on a good essay, High School Transcript, and having a Teacher submit a Scholarship Recommendation to the Bismarck Rotary Club. March 15, 2021.

    ND Farmers Union Scholarships – multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines. 

    Kiwanis Educational Foundation – multiple scholarships with varying deadlines.   

    Davis Scholarship This scholarship is available to all high school juniors & seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. The deadline to submit the required essay is May 22, 2021.

    ND Corn Growers Association (10) $1,000 scholarships are given each year to high school seniors or college students with an agriculture background. Application must be submitted no later than January 11, 2021.

    Dalworth Rug Cleaning Scholarship For 2021- If you're enrolled in a two or four year college, this is for you! You can win a $2,000 Scholarship! Check this out!

    ND Colleges

    Many Colleges offer Scholarship opportunities, if you do not see the College of your choice listed below, please check their website for more information!

    UND Scholarship Website - Multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines.  These include but are not limited to: academic merit, nursing, athletic, cultural diversity, and disability scholarships. 

    NDSU First-Year Scholarships – Multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines.  Scholarships may also rely on FAFSA information for need-based awards. Be sure to submit all applications early to allow for optimal consideration. 

    University of Mary - The University of Mary offers a number of scholarship programs to help students with the cost of tuition. In fact, ninety-nine percent of University of Mary students receive scholarships or some form of financial aid.  Explore scholarship opportunities offered by the University of Mary, as well as outside scholarship resources.

    Bismarck State College - BSC offers several scholarships for which you can apply annually. The scholarships are funded by the BSC Foundation through contributions from alumni, faculty and staff, friends, parents, campus organizations, and corporations. Scholarships totaling more than $400,000 are typically awarded. There are multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines.

    Minot State University - Minot State University offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships funded from gifts to the University. Scholarships are based on academic achievements, financial need and other criteria defined by the donors. There are multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines.

    Jamestown State University - The University of Jamestown offers additional awards ranging from major-related scholarships to fine-arts participant scholarships, alumni referral and legacy status awards, as well as athletic scholarships. There are multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines.

    Dickinson State University - Multiple scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines.  These include but are not limited to: athletic, academic merit, and fine and performing arts scholarships. 

    Valley City State University – A wide variety of scholarships and waivers are offered based on academic merit, athletics, diversity, and more. 

    NDSCS-  Variety of school specific scholarship information and financial aid basics.

     

     If you have a Scholarship that you would like added to this page,
    please email it to katie_wald@bismarckschools.org