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Check out our first-year scholarship opportunities


NDSU first-year students can take advantage of several scholarship opportunities.

NDSU scholarships help make an exceptional education even more affordable for talented first-year students just like you. Each year, NDSU awards nearly $3.5 million in scholarships to new, first-year students. 

“We are pleased to offer a number of scholarships to incoming NDSU students as a way to recognize outstanding academic achievement,” said Seinquis Leinien, Interim Director of Admission. “In addition to other forms of financial aid, it is our hope that scholarships remove financial barriers and allow students the ability to focus on excelling in their studies and extracurricular interests.”

Check out some of the different scholarships available to first-year students entering in 2021.

Presidential scholarships
You can be awarded a scholarship up to $12,000 over four years to put toward your education, depending on your qualifications. 

These awards are automatically triggered by your high school cumulative GPA. All you need to do is apply and gain admission to NDSU by Feb. 1, if you meet scholarship criteria. No other applications are necessary. See our first-year scholarship opportunities to see how much you could be awarded.

If you complete the admission process after Feb. 1, you will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis. Apply to NDSU now, so you can take advantage of guaranteed scholarship money for your education.

Other scholarship opportunities
All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships as they are awarded on different criteria such as high school, academic major, and other factors. For full consideration, students must be admitted and submit the online scholarship application by February 1, 2021. 

Apply early
Apply early for optimal consideration. Submit your admission application now and then apply for NDSU scholarships when you’re admitted.


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