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Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship

The Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarship offers international undergraduate students the ability to receive a tuition waiver of 50% of the Non-Resident Base Tuition rate, currently a savings of about $8,500 for the academic year.  This scholarship is available to all undergraduate international students who qualify for admission at North Dakota State University, hold F-1 student status, and continue on a semesterly basis to uphold the necessary academic and cultural sharing requirements.

Given the nature of the scholarship, recipients are expected to share their cultures with U.S. students, faculty, staff and members of the community in activities that are both academically and culturally beneficial. This will enable people to increase their knowledge of the cultures and countries where the scholarship recipients come from and gain a better sense of the global society.  In turn, the recipients gain a better understanding of themselves and of American culture. Examples of qualified services for reporting hours can be found on this webpage under the Qualified Hours link on the right-side column of this page.

More details about the initial application for this scholarship award are available on the International Admissions Scholarships page.

Application and Requirements for receiving an Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship:

Prospective international undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship by completing the application. The application will be reviewed as soon as it is received and a decision will be made after you have been regularly admitted to North Dakota State University. 

Once awarded, scholarships are renewable as long as the NDSU student maintains the following requirements: 

  • Attend the entire International Student Orientation during your first semester at NDSU.
  • Hold F-1 student status (with a valid I-20).
  • Maintain a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA (grade point average) each semester. 
  • Register and maintain at least 12 undergraduate credits each semester.
  • Complete 10 hours of qualified  cultural sharing or volunteer services each semester. (See examples of qualified services at the bottom of this page.)
    **Students graduating in May or December of each year are required to submit 10 hours for that semester to remain eligible to keep the scholarship for that last term.
  • You have never been found to be in violation of the NDSU Student Code of Conduct
  • Timely report your service hours to the Office of International Programs by the last day of each fall and spring semester.


Because it is a privilege to receive a scholarship from a university, the ISSAS office must ensure that the students who receive the scholarship meet certain requirements in order to remain eligible and that the recipients are good representatives of the NDSU student community. Students who lose the scholarship for any of the above reasons are not eligible to receive the scholarship again. Unfortunately, no appeals are possible.

Full scholarship guidelines included in the Scholarship Application, below. Please do NOT include the scholarship award as part of your funding when calculating expenses needed for the issuance of a new I-20.  If you are admitted to NDSU and are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified by letter and your I-20 will reflect the amount of the award. 

If you are awarded conditional admission to NDSU with participation in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP), and you meet the Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship requirements, you will be conditionally awarded the scholarship. The condition of this award is based upon achieving the qualifying, intensive English placement score, during the on-campus test during orientation, which is required to enroll in one or more undergraduate academic courses. Conditional scholarship awards will not be listed on your I-20 until you are registered for one or more undergraduate classes.

Forms and Information 


Scholarship Application

NDSU Volunteer Network



Submitting Hours

All cultural sharing hours are now submitted online. Please be prepared to provide extra documentation about your service if requested by the OIP or NDSU Volunteer Network.

Click here to submit your cultural sharing hours!

**Please complete and submit this form after you have completed your minimum 10 hours for the particular semester. The form is due no later than the last day of finals each fall and spring semester.


List of Qualified Cultural Sharing Hours


Using the Scholarship for the Summer term

If you are a student currently receiving the ACSS during the academic year and intend to take summer classes, please notify us that you will be using the scholarship for summer. 

Please complete the following form to notify us that you are taking summer classes and would like to utilize the ACSS towards your tuition: Summer 2015 Scholarship Form.

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Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7895 - Fax: +1 (701) 231-1014
Campus address: Memorial Union 116
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave / Memorial Union 116, Fargo, ND  58102
Page manager: International Student and Study Abroad Services

Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:46:29 PM