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Top 35 North Dakota Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Kayla Korzekwinski

Kayla Korzekwinski is a Scholarships360 content writer. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Advertising/PR, Rhetorical Communication, and Anthropology. Kayla has worked on communications for non-profits and student organizations. She loves to write and come up with new ways to express ideas.

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Updated: April 3rd, 2024

Did you know North Dakota is the top producer of honey in the United States? No wonder these scholarships are so sweet! Students in North Dakota have access to scholarships for a variety of interests and fields of study, including water resources and construction. Continue reading to learn all about the top North Dakota scholarships!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

The North Dakota Association of Counties/ILG Scholarship

Offered by North Dakota Association of Counties

Multiple awards worth $2,000
Deadline May 24, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by North Dakota Association of Counties

Are you an undergraduate student at a college, university, or vocational/technical certification program within North Dakota? Further, are you the child or grandchild of a…Show More

Are you an undergraduate student at a college, university, or vocational/technical certification program within North Dakota? Further, are you the child or grandchild of a…Show More

Are you an undergraduate student at a college, university, or vocational/technical certification program within North Dakota? Further, are you the child or grandchild of a current North Dakota county employee or county official? If both apply, consider applying for The North Dakota Association of Counties/ILG Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 each to multiple college students in North Dakota who descend from ND county employees and county officials. To apply, interested students must submit (1) a personal statement about their academic goals and expectations, and (2) an essay that answers the question "How has your parent’s/grandparent’s experience in county government helped shape who you are?" If you have a parent or grandparent who has served as a North Dakota county official or employee, and you're currently attending university within the state, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $2,000
Deadline May 24, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior
Apply

ND Career and Technical Education Scholarship

Offered by North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Multiple awards worth $500 - $750
Deadline Jun 7, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Are you a North Dakota resident who has graduated from a high school in ND or a bordering state? Further, are you currently pursuing post-secondary…Show More

Are you a North Dakota resident who has graduated from a high school in ND or a bordering state? Further, are you currently pursuing post-secondary…Show More

Are you a North Dakota resident who has graduated from a high school in ND or a bordering state? Further, are you currently pursuing post-secondary studies in a technical or career program in North Dakota? If so, you may be eligible for the ND Career and Technical Education Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $750 to North Dakota residents attending an eligible (see full list of eligible universities under "Eligibility Information"), in-state, technical or career-oriented post-secondary program. To be eligible, applicants must also have completed the required high school course requirements, have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA, and received a composite score of at least 24 on an ACT or a score of at least “5” on each of 3 WorkKeys assessments. If you're a North Dakota resident pursuing a technical or career-oriented education at an eligible, in-state school, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $500 - $750
Deadline Jun 7, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

North Dakota State Grant

Offered by North Dakota University System

Multiple awards worth up to $1,375
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by North Dakota University System

Are you a North Dakota resident who has graduated from a high school in ND or a bordering state? Further, are you a first-time undergraduate…Show More

Are you a North Dakota resident who has graduated from a high school in ND or a bordering state? Further, are you a first-time undergraduate…Show More

Are you a North Dakota resident who has graduated from a high school in ND or a bordering state? Further, are you a first-time undergraduate student currently pursuing your studies in a post-secondary program in North Dakota? If so, consider applying for the North Dakota State Grant! Each year, the grant awards up to $1,375 per semester or $917 per quarter to many eligible ND students, depending on applicants' enrollment status. Grant recipients may receive the grant for up to eight semesters or twelve quarters of full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment, or the attainment of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. To apply, interested students must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you're a North Dakota resident pursuing an in-state post-secondary program, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,375
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

NDUS Native American Scholarship

Offered by North Dakota University System

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Deadline Jul 15, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman, College Junior & College Senior

Offered by North Dakota University System

The NDUS Native American Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes and have been…Show More

The NDUS Native American Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes and have been…Show More

The NDUS Native American Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes and have been accepted full-time to a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program. The application process is simple and can be completed online or by paper. Don't miss out on this chance to further your education! The deadline falls on July 15th of every year.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Deadline Jul 15, 2024
Grade Level College Freshman, College Junior & College Senior
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

AGCND High School Senior Scholarship

Offered by Associated General Contractors Of North Dakota (AGCND)

Multiple awards worth $750 - $1,500
Deadline Apr 24, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Associated General Contractors Of North Dakota (AGCND)

Are you a high school senior who will be attending a college or university in North Dakota to pursue a construction-related field of study? If…Show More

Are you a high school senior who will be attending a college or university in North Dakota to pursue a construction-related field of study? If…Show More

Are you a high school senior who will be attending a college or university in North Dakota to pursue a construction-related field of study? If so, you may be eligible for the AGCND High School Senior Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards between $750 and $1,500 each to high school seniors who will be attending Bismarck State College, the North Dakota State College of Science, the University of Mary, or North Dakota State University to study construction-related fields. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to, Construction Technology, Welding Technology, Construction Management Technology, Civil Engineering & Surveying Technology, Building Construction Technology, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology, Diesel Technology, and Construction Engineering. If you're a high school senior who hopes to study construction or similar fields at one of the eligible universities, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $750 - $1,500
Deadline Apr 24, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Celebrate The West

Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More…Show More

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More…Show More

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More importantly, do you love where you live and have a passion for art? If so, you might consider applying for the Celebrate the West Contest! Each year, the scholarship awards between $200 and $1,500 to 23 lucky students who create a piece of artwork that most thoughtfully reflects an insight about the West or the applicant’s relation to the West. In order to apply, you simply need to email a digital copy of your artwork and your entry form to [email protected]. If you’re passionate about art and have some insights about where you live, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Hattie Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Department of North Dakota

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by American Legion Department of North Dakota

The Hattie Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to college-bound high school seniors from North Dakota who are direct descendants of a veteran…Show More

The Hattie Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to college-bound high school seniors from North Dakota who are direct descendants of a veteran…Show More

The Hattie Tedrow Memorial Fund Scholarship awards up to $2,000 to college-bound high school seniors from North Dakota who are direct descendants of a veteran with honorable service in the U.S. military. Recipients will have two years from the date of graduation from high school to use his/her award. If you fit these criteria and are looking for some help expensing college, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Edward O. Nesheim Memorial Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Department of North Dakota

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by American Legion Department of North Dakota

The Edward O. Nesheim Memorial Scholarship annually awards $1,500 to a college-bound high school senior who resides in North Dakota and is a direct descendant…Show More

The Edward O. Nesheim Memorial Scholarship annually awards $1,500 to a college-bound high school senior who resides in North Dakota and is a direct descendant…Show More

The Edward O. Nesheim Memorial Scholarship annually awards $1,500 to a college-bound high school senior who resides in North Dakota and is a direct descendant of a U.S. veteran who served honorably. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.75 GPA and be pursuing a degree in agriculture, human nutrition, or medicine (Medical Dr, PA, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy or Chiropractic). This scholarship was created by Sonja Adahl to honor the memory of her late father, Edward O. Nesheim. If you're a North Dakota resident who is a direct descendant of a U.S. veteran and will soon be enrolled in college, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship

Offered by ND Water

4 awards worth $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Students

Offered by ND Water

Are you attending a North Dakota college or university? Further, do you have a passion or interest in studying water-related fields? If so, consider applying…Show More

Are you attending a North Dakota college or university? Further, do you have a passion or interest in studying water-related fields? If so, consider applying…Show More

Are you attending a North Dakota college or university? Further, do you have a passion or interest in studying water-related fields? If so, consider applying for the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,500 to four (4) North Dakota university students. While preference will be given to students studying water-related fields and students whose families have taken an active role in North Dakota’s water resource management, neither is a requirement to apply. To be considered for the essay, interested students must submit a two-page essay about their "most vivid memory concerning water." If you're a university student in North Dakota with a passion or interest in water-related studies, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

4 awards worth $1,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

JoAnn Link Hetzel Vocational/Technical/Trade School Scholarship

Offered by North Dakota Dollars for Scholars

1 award worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by North Dakota Dollars for Scholars

Have you graduated from a North Dakota high school and are attending a vocational or technical/trade school? Further, do you have a passion or career…Show More

Have you graduated from a North Dakota high school and are attending a vocational or technical/trade school? Further, do you have a passion or career…Show More

Have you graduated from a North Dakota high school and are attending a vocational or technical/trade school? Further, do you have a passion or career interest for mechanics, electrical, welding, or surveying? If so, consider applying for the JoAnn Link Hetzel Vocational/Technical/Trade School Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one current vocational/technical/trade school student from North Dakota. Applicants must also be full-time students and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. While preference is given to individuals pursuing studies in mechanics, electrical, welding, or surveying, it is not a requirement to apply. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Opportunity Scholarship

Offered by North Dakota Dollars for Scholars

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by North Dakota Dollars for Scholars

Are you a North Dakota high school senior who will be pursuing their post-secondary education in-state? If so, consider applying for the North Dakota Dollars…Show More

Are you a North Dakota high school senior who will be pursuing their post-secondary education in-state? If so, consider applying for the North Dakota Dollars…Show More

Are you a North Dakota high school senior who will be pursuing their post-secondary education in-state? If so, consider applying for the North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Opportunity Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards a $1,000, renewable scholarship to multiple incoming post-secondary students from North Dakota. To be eligible, applicants must also have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.25. If you're a high school senior from North Dakota planning on studying at an in-state college or university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Robert and Doris Alin Legacy Scholarships

Offered by North Dakota Dollars for Scholars

Multiple awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Upperclassmen

Offered by North Dakota Dollars for Scholars

Are you a college junior or senior from North Dakota who is currently pursuing a degree in education? Further, are you employed and work at…Show More

Are you a college junior or senior from North Dakota who is currently pursuing a degree in education? Further, are you employed and work at…Show More

Are you a college junior or senior from North Dakota who is currently pursuing a degree in education? Further, are you employed and work at least 10 hours a week? If so, consider applying for the Robert and Doris Alin Legacy Scholarships! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to multiple aspiring educators/college upperclassmen from North Dakota who are working while pursuing their education. Applicants must also be full-time students and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level College Upperclassmen
Get Started
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How to win North Dakota scholarships

In order to win North Dakota scholarships, you should showcase your genuine interest and enthusiasm for Nevada as a state. Stand out from the competition and demonstrate your commitment to personal and professional growth in North Dakota. 

Perhaps you grew up in North Dakota surrounded by farmland. Therefore, it may not be surprising that you want to pursue a career in agriculture. So make it known that your environment of North Dakota inspired your future career and passion! Doing so will allow you to be a well-rounded candidate for North Dakota scholarships. North Dakota scholarship grantors are looking for students who will help better their state by receiving an education in North Dakota! So, be sure to detail how much North Dakota means to you! 

Writing resources for acing North Dakota scholarship essays

North Dakota scholarships may require you to write a scholarship essay which could be anywhere from 250 words to 500 words. So, you should familiarize yourself with some common scholarship essay prompts and with our Scholarships360 guides on how to start and end a scholarship essay. Additionally, be sure to review how to write an essay about yourself and the ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to ensure you are well prepared to win North Dakota scholarships! 

North Dakota student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, in total, North Dakota residents owe $2.5 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $28,604 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 61.9% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships from colleges in North Dakota as well as top scholarships in North Dakota! 

Merit scholarships at North Dakota colleges and universities

North Dakota State University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who have a 3.65+ GPA and a 25+ ACT or 1200+ SAT
  • Amount: $6,000 up to $12,000
  • Deadline: Admission to North Dakota State University

University of North Dakota

  • Eligibility: First year students with a strong unweighted cumulative high school GPA
  • Amount: $1,500 up to $14,000
  • Deadline: February 1

Minot State University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshman based on academic achievements, financial need, and other criteria 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: February 15

Bismarck State College

  • Eligibility: First year students who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need 
  • Amount: $250 up to $6,000
  • Deadline: January 1

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known North Dakota universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

North Dakota State University

  • In-state tuition: $9,309
  • Out-of-state tuition: $13,963

University of North Dakota

  • In-state tuition: $10,951
  • Out-of-state tuition: $15,570

How do you get in-state tuition? 

In order to qualify for these great in-state tuition rates for North Dakota institutions, you will need to become a North Dakota resident! Becoming a North Dakota resident requires you to physically reside in North Dakota for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the application date. You will need to provide proof of this such as a home mortgage or lease agreement in your name. Additionally, you will need to submit a valid North Dakota identification card, permit or driver’s license issued 10 months or more prior to your application date. 

Does North Dakota offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, North Dakota participates in a few tuition reciprocity and exchange programs to help lower the amount of tuition that non-residents have to pay. 

One of these programs is the Minnesota-North Dakota Tuition Reciprocity Program which means that under certain circumstances, a Minnesota resident may attend a North Dakota public university and pay the established reciprocity fee. The same can apply to North Dakota residents attending Minnesota public institutions. 

Another program that North Dakota participates in is the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). In this program, students from participating MSEP states will pay no more than 150 percent of in-state resident tuition to attend participating institutions in select Midwestern states. 

North Dakota scholarship spotlight

Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Must attend a North Dakota college or university. Preference will be given to, but is not limited to, students studying water-related fields and students whose families have taken an active role in North Dakota’s water resource management
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: April 1

JoAnn Link Hetzel Vocational/Technical/Trade School Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students with at least a 2.5 GPA who are attending a vocational or technical/trade school full-time. Students pursuing mechanics, electrical, welding, or surveying will receive preference
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 1

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Opportunity Scholarship

  • Eligibility: North Dakota high school seniors with a GPA of 2.5 to 3.25 pursuing post-secondary education in North Dakota, including trade school
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 1

Robert and Doris Alin Legacy Scholarships

  • Eligibility: North Dakota full-time college juniors pursuing an education degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher and employed at least 10 hours per week
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: April 1

North Dakota United (NDU) Member/Dependent Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Active members or dependents of an NDU active member. Must be pursuing post-secondary education in any field of study including vocational, associate, or bachelor degree programs
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: March 31

The Associated General Contractors of North Dakota High School Senior Scholarship

  • Eligibility: North Dakota high school seniors pursuing careers in construction
  • Amount: $750 up to $1,500
  • Deadline: End of April

The North Dakota Association of Counties/IGL Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Children and grandchildren of county officials and employees, including step-children, who are undergraduate students at a North Dakota college or tech school
  • Amount: $500 up to $2,000
  • Deadline: End of May

North Dakota Scholarship

  • Eligibility: North Dakota residents with high school diplomas. Must complete essential skills requirements and must complete one of three pathways listed on the application. For the post-secondary pathway, students must have an 24+ ACT or 1180+ SAT and at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Amount: Up to $6,000 
  • Deadline: Early June

North Dakota Native American Scholarship

  • Eligibility: North Dakota residents who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe planning to attend a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program full time with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: July 15

North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association General Scholarship

  • Eligibility: North Dakota residents with a cumulative graduate program GPA of 3.0+ in a nurse practitioner program of study and applicants must plan to practice in North Dakota as nurse practitioners
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 1

North Dakota Health Policy Scholarship

  • Eligibility: North Dakota residents with a cumulative graduate program GPA of 3.0+ in a nurse practitioner program of study and applicants must plan to practice in North Dakota as nurse practitioners
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: August 1

North Dakota State Grant

  • Eligibility: North Dakota high school graduates/GED recipients pursuing eligible programs at accredited North Dakota institutions which last at least 2 years and are enrolled at least quarter-time
  • Amount: Up to $1,100 per semester
  • Deadline: Completion of the FAFSA which opens October 1

Additional North Dakota resources

North Dakota Farmers Union Scholarships

A variety of scholarships for members or children of members of the North Dakota Farmers Union.

North Dakota Community Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships specific to certain North Dakota counties, towns, colleges, and areas of study are offered in this searchable database.

Bank of North Dakota College Handbook

A list of North Dakota scholarships, grants, and financial resources from various organizations.

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Scholarships

A variety of scholarships offered to North Dakota high school graduates from January 1 and April 1 each year. 

North Dakota Council of Education Leaders Scholarships

An array of scholarships and awards are offered to North Dakota students and adults affiliated with NDCEL. All applications are due by June 1 of each year. 

FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. North Dakota students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

Frequently asked questions about North Dakota scholarships

Are there North Dakota scholarships for certain fields of study?

Yes! Many North Dakota scholarships are tailored to specific fields of study such as STEM, healthcare, education, and more! If you are looking for a specific scholarship for your major, try our Scholarships360 free matching tool which updates every day with new scholarship opportunities that are matched specifically to you!

Does North Dakota offer tuition-free college?

Some North Dakota colleges and universities offer full tuition merit scholarships. Additionally, there are some scholarships that cover full tuition. However, it may be challenging to receive these competitive scholarships, so be sure to have a well-rounded application! 

Can I apply for multiple scholarships?

Yes! In fact, we encourage you to apply for multiple scholarships to help lower the price of college. Apply early and often to and for all the scholarships you qualify for!

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