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: 

    THe NDACo College Scholarship Fund-  The NDACo scholarship program was created in 1998 to assist county families afford college. Children and grandchildren of county officials and employees are eligible to apply. The scholarship fund is supported by corporate sponsors like Nationwide Retirement Solutions and county donors from across the state. Thanks to their generosity, the scholarships have grown from two $500 awards to six $2,000 awards!

    North Dakota Famers Union Scholarships- Farmers Union members in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Money is to be used for tuition and books. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000, deadlines may vary. 

     

    Bismarck Dollars for Scholars Scholarship-  Bismarck Dollars for Scholars advocates post-secondary education for every Bismarck, ND student by recognizing academic achievement and awarding scholarships. Application deadline is February 28, 2019!

    American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships- The American Legion Auxiliary have a number of different scholarships listed on their website. Each year they award two, $500.00 scholarhips to be used at a nursing school of the students' choice!

    Cancer unwrapped Teen Writing Contest- Experiencing a cancer diagnosis can cause a storm of emotions.  Whether cancer has made you feel angry, sad, lonely, or even grateful, we want to hear about it.  The Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest invites high school students to submit essays about their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win cash prizes.  Since the contest began in 2006, we have received more than 2,900 submissions and handed out over $135,000 in prize money. What you write about is up to you.   Over the years we have received essays about the cancer diagnosis of family members, teachers, and friends, as well as essays about cancer in the abstract.  We have received stories of triumph and stories of great loss, stories written in times of turbulence and stories written in times of quiet reflection.  Every story has been honest and heartfelt, and each one is unique. Deadline is April 15, 2019. 

    Howard J. Snortland Scholarship- Capital Credit Union invites students pursuing an associate degree, undergraduate degree or technical certificate, to apply for the opportunity to receive one of seven $1,000 scholarships created to assist them in achieving their higher education goals. The scholarship can be used at any North Dakota or Minnesota college, university, or technical school. All applicants must have a Capital Credit Union account. Capital Credit Union employees and board members, as well as their children or direct relatives, are not eligible.

    2019 North Dakota Corn Growers Association Scholarship- In order to be eligible for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association scholarship, students must submit: a completed application, career plans, at least two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a resume and a copy of their most recent transcript. Applicants are required to be a member of a North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Student memberships are available for high school and post secondary students for $10. Application deadline is January 4, 2019. 

    The North Dakota Jump Start Scholarship-  Get going on this scholarship, as it is due by November 30th! Create a 1-2 minute YouTube video on one of these three topics- Student Loan debt, got a plan?, Want it or Need it? What’s the difference?, Credit Cards, friend or foe? A commitee will select the top five videos and post them online for public voting. Winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship! 

    The AXA Achievement  Scholarship- This scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. 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 scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US. Deadline is 12/14/18- APPLY EARLY!!!

    The B Davis Scholarship- This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words describing the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. Deadline is 5/24/19.

    The U.S. scholarship program- This covers all of the country and awards more than $100,000 every year. U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members. However, Mensa members may apply for both these scholarship programs and the additional Mensa Member Award Program. They offer several scholarship amounts, with up to $2,500 scholarships awarded.

    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.

    The Ronald Reagan Scholarship- Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program and receive ongoing leadership-development support.

    Abbptt & Fenner Scholarship- For this scholarship you will need to write an essay describing 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. This award if for $1,000 and is due 6/14/2019.

    AES Engineers Scholarship- Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Award is for $500 and is due 10/6/2019.

    North Dakota School Counseling Association: This scholarship requires an essay (500 words or less) describing your career plan and who/what helped you with your decision and one letter of recommendation. Applications must be postmarked by December 19, 2018 

    ND Crop Improvement & Seed Association Scholarship- The North Dakota Crop Improvement & Seed Association sponsors the following scholarships.
    There will be three $1000 scholarships available to incoming freshmen and three $1000 scholarships available  to undergraduates (excluding freshmen).
    Eligibilityrequirements 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). Application Deadline: February 15 

    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. Completed applications for the Patrick Denne Memorial Scholarship must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2019. 

    Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship- In honor of Russell L. Dushinske and Warren L. Jamison's distinguished service, dedicated leadership and lifelong devotion to water development in North Dakota, the North Dakota Water Education Foundation, family members, friends and colleagues established the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resource Scholarship Endowment within the North Dakota Community Foundation.  Income from the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship provides two, $1,500 scholarships to deserving students whose families have taken active roles in North Dakota water management.  

     ND JCI Senate Schlorship- The North Dakota Jaycee Senate announces the 9th Annual ND JCI Senate/Lisa Burdolski Memorial Scholarships, a statewide scholarship competition for high school seniors. The Lisa Burdolski Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Lisa Burdolski, a Jaycee child who passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Applicants will compete for four scholarships of $300 each. Two primary award winners and two alternate winners will be selected. Scholarships are to be used at the winner’s discretion at an institution school of higher learning of the winners’ choice. Both primary state award winners are then eligible to compete nationally for $1000 scholarships from the US JCI Senate Foundation. Application MUST be postmarked no later than January 11, 2019 

    Bismarck Dollars For Scholars- Our Mission: Bismarck Dollars for Scholars® advocates post-secondary education for every Bismarck, ND student by recognizing academic achievement and awarding scholarships.  SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 GRADUATES and will open on December 1st. Application deadline is February 28, 2019!

    Farm Credit Services of North Dakota Scholarship- The independent Farm Credit Services associations in Mandan and Minot, with branch offices in various locations throughout western ND, will award 10 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to high school seniors who plan to enroll in college this fall.  Four will be awarded in Mandan’s association territory and six awarded in Minot’s association territory. Recipients must be from an actively farming and/or ranching family, or be planning to pursue a career in farming or some other aspect of agriculture. Eligible applicants must be residents of the following North Dakota counties: Adams, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Ward, Wells or Williams. Deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2019.

    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. Deadline- January 11th, 2019.

    The Bismarck Rotary Scholarship- This is a $1,000 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 Reccomendation to the Bismarck Rotary Club. The Application deadline is March 15th, 2019. 

    Unlimited Cellular Scholarship- For this Scholarship you will need to submit an essay detailing your response to the following questions:"How has your online shopping experience changed over the years?" and why we should grant you this scholarship? This is an scholarship open to US residents with a 3.0 GPA that is graduating this year.

    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.

    BPS Foundation Scholarships Click on the link for more information. 

    Zip Recruiter Scholarship $3000 scholarship offered to a student with a winning essay entry. More details available by clicking on the link. Application deadline is December 31, 2018.

    American Indian College Fund Additional Scholarship Database 

    Cobell Scholars Indigenous Education, Inc. promotes The Cobell Scholarship’s goal to provide applicants and inquirers with the most beneficial information regarding this carefully established scholarship opportunity. Open to American Indians pursuing vocational, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. More information available by clicking the link.

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

    PFund Foundation As the upper Midwest LGBTQIA regional community foundation, PFund Foundation recognizes that dedicated, connected and supported generations of LGBTQIA leaders are central to the resilience and health of our communities. Their scholars embody both courage and commitment to advancing change. PFund Foundation’s scholarships range from $2,000 to $10,000.

    Kiwanis Educational Foundation – multiple scholarships with varying deadlines.

    Illustrators of the Future Scholarship $5000-4 awards. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be a new or amateur artist who has not been professionally published and paid for more than three black-and-white story illustrations, or more than one process-color painting or have your work broadly featured to the general public through the media.

    Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship $5000 - 5 awards  This scholarship is open to high-school seniors who are planning a career of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government. Application deadline - must be postmarked by January 15, 2019.

    Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund  The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) offers scholarship opportunites 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. Multiple deadlines between November 1st, 2018 and January 10th, 2019.

    ACT Student Champion Award This $500 non-renewarble scholarship recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. Students must have a composite ACT score of at least a 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate®. Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students. Applications are due October 31, 2018.

    AXA Achievement Scholarship The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Plus, a $1,000 grant will be made to every scholarship winner's school. Deadline is December 14, 2018.

    Davis ScholarshipThis 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 24, 2019. More information can be found in the Counseling Office.

    BND Real Deal Scholarship Are you a North Dakota high school senior with a 2.5 GPA or higher who is involved in your school or community and planning to attend a ND college? You may be the next Real DEAL and need to let us know by applying.  This scholarship is unique, because the earlier you enter – the more likely you are to win. You only need to enter one time. And, even better, if you are one of the first 1,000 entries, you’ll receive a popular BND T-shirt. You’ll appreciate the quick application process, so get started right away.

    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.

    Mensa Foundation Scholarship The 2019 ND Mensa Scholarship is open to all permanent ND residents. Winners are selected based on essays written by the applicants and the Mensa Foundation judging criterion. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program, or financial need. Mensa membership is not required, nor is it relevant.  Applications are available from 09/15/2018 to 01/15/2019.

    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 4, 2019. Download an application, or pick one up in Student Services.

    North Dakota Colleges

    - Many of the colleges offer many different scholarships just for their school, be sure to take a look at their websites 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.