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North Dakota Resident Scholarships

There are scholarships which are specifically for North Dakota residents.  Some of these scholarships require a separate application; please read through the information about each scholarship carefully. 

North Dakota Academic Scholarship

The North Dakota Legislative Assembly created this scholarship to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending an accredited North Dakota public, private or tribal college or university.

  • Amount: Total possible value is $6,000; disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled fulltime, as defined by the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress toward degree completion requirements of the scholarship. For the purposes of the North Dakota scholarship, "progress toward degree completion" means earning the following minimum number of credits after each semester or quarter term disbursement to qualify for the subsequent disbursement. Please note that if you do not qualify in a term, you can still be considered in a future term if you meet the guidelines at that time.

    • Twenty-four (24) credits after disbursement two;
    • Thirty-nine (39) credits after disbursement three; 
    • Fifty-four (54) credits after disbursement four; 
    • Sixty-nine (69) credits after disbursement five;
    • Eighty-four (84) credits after disbursement six; and
    • Ninety-nine (99) credits after disbursement seven.

  • Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota resident high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than a "C" on any class required for the diploma, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT. For more information about scholarship eligibility, go to the Department of Public Instruction website. Additional eligibility information can also be found in NDUS Procedure 508.2.1.
  • How to apply: In addition to taking the required coursework and meeting the required grade point average and testing requirements, an application is required. Please complete the application form with the ND Department of Public Instruction.

More information regarding this scholarship visit https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/onestop/finaid/scholarships/ND_Academic_and_CTE_Scholarship_Guidelines.pdf 

North Dakota Career & Technical Education Scholarship

The North Dakota Legislature created these scholarships to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending an accredited North Dakota public, private or tribal college or university. 

  • Amount: Total possible value is $6,000; disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled fulltime, as defined by the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress toward degree completion requirements of the scholarship. For the purposes of the North Dakota scholarship, "progress toward degree completion" means earning the following minimum number of credits after each semester or quarter term disbursement to qualify for the subsequent disbursement. Please note that if you do not qualify in a term, you can still be considered in a future term if you meet the guidelines at that time. 

    • Twenty-four (24) credits after disbursement two;
    • Thirty-nine (39) credits after disbursement three; 
    • Fifty-four (54) credits after disbursement four; 
    • Sixty-nine (69) credits after disbursement five;
    • Eighty-four (84) credits after disbursement six; and
    • Ninety-nine (99) credits after disbursement seven.

  • Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota resident high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than a "C" on any class required for the diploma, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT or three 5s on the WorkKeys assessments. For more information about scholarships eligibility go to the Department of Public Instruction website. Additional eligibility information can also be found in the NDUS Procedure 508.2.1.
  • How to apply:  In addition to taking the required coursework and meeting the required grade point average and testing requirements, an application is required. Please complete the application form with the ND Department of Public Instruction.

More information regarding this scholarship visit https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/onestop/finaid/scholarships/ND_Academic_and_CTE_Scholarship_Guidelines.pdf 

North Dakota Scholars Program

This program provides merit-based, full-tuition scholarships to North Dakota high school graduates who choose to earn undergraduate degrees in North Dakota. 

  • Amount: This full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to three years to any tribal or private college or University System college or university. Scholarships for students who attend private institutions equal the average tuition at a University System research university. Recipients must maintain cumulative GPAs of 3.5.
  • Who is eligible: High school juniors who score in the upper fifth percentile of all North Dakota ACT test takers will be considered as a candidate for the Scholars award. Due to limited appropriation, not all students in the upper fifth percentile will be funded. 
  • How to apply: Take the ACT Assessment between October and June of the junior year of high school. No separate application is required.

More information on the North Dakota Scholars Program

North Dakota Indian Scholarship Program

Based on scholastic ability and financial need, between 150 and 175 scholarships are available to enrolled members of North Dakota Indian tribes. 

  • Amount: Scholarships range from $800 to $2,000 per academic year. Recipients must maintain GPAs of 2.0 or higher. 
  • Who is eligible: 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. 

More information about the North Dakota Indian Scholarship Program


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