Unlike loans, scholarships never have to be paid back. They are a great way to help pay for college. Performance-based scholarships not only assist with your financial needs, they are a reward for your hard work and distinguish you as an outstanding student.

Scholarships are available from a variety of sources; therefore, you need to be resourceful and initiate the process early each year. Typically, scholarship recipients are selected in the spring (February through May) for the upcoming academic year.

NDSCS Scholarship

NDSCS offers a general academic NDSCS Scholarship. You can automatically qualify if the following criteria are met:

  • An ACT score of 25 combined with a 3.6 GPA = $1,000
  • An ACT score in-between 22-25 with a GPA in the 3.2-3.6 range = $500

Returning students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are especially encouraged to apply.

NDSCS Scholarship Application priority deadline is December 1.

Scholarship Application


NDSCS STEM Scholarship

This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or math related program. The Science of Success STEM Scholarship Program offers financial assistance of up to $10,000 per year.

North Dakota Academic or Career and Technical Education Scholarships

These scholarships are based on a variety of factors including high school GPA, ACT or WorkKeys results and courses completed in high school. Learn more about the ND Academic or Career and Technical Education Scholarships online or by visiting with your high school counselor.

Other Scholarships

Scholarship funds are available through community groups, organizations and companies outside of NDSCS. We encourage you to explore these options.

Scholarship Search Links and Helpful Tips

ND Financial Aid Programs


Sponsorships are designed to assist students with the affordability of their college education and assist businesses with recruiting and retaining qualified employees for industries that are experiencing a workforce shortage. Click here to learn more about student sponsorships.