Admission Criteria

To be eligible for full admission into the NDSCS STEM Scholars program students must meet the following criteria, which meet the guidelines established by the National Science Foundation:

  • Be a United States citizen, national, refugee alien or permanent resident alien;
  • Be enrolled full time in one of the 19 eligible NDSCS STEM programs for each semester they receive a scholarship;
  • Amount of unmet financial need, as defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial assistance;
  • Demonstrate academic talent with a high school or college GPA of 3.0 or better and a score of 24 or higher on the ACT for students enrolling in the Liberal Arts and Applied Science programs;
  • Demonstrate academic talent with a high school or college GPA of 3.0* or better and a score of 22 or higher on the ACT or scores of 5 on each of the three sections of the WorkKeys® assessment for students enrolling in the Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology, Electrical Technology optionsHVAC/R TechnologyInformation and Communications Technology options, Land Surveying and Civil Engineering TechnologyPrecision Machining Technology or Welding Technology programs.
    • *The scholarship selection committee may select scholarship students with a high school or college GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 by identifying demonstrated academic promise, such as rising GPAs during high school or college, strong letters of recommendation or 3.0 grades in STEM courses.

Please submit applications and letters of reference to:

STEM Scholars Program
Shelley Blome
Financial Aid Office
800 North 6th Street
Wahpeton, ND 58076

Sample Financial Aid Package for a Resident NDSCS STEM Scholar Receiving a Standard Scholarship Award

Financial Aid AwardAmount of Aid/Year
S-STEM Scholarship$4,263 (average unmet financial need in 2009-10)
Pell Grant (up to the maximum amount)$1,892 (average NDSCS Pell Grant award in 2009)
ND State Student Incentive Grant$1,500
ND Academic or CTE Scholarship$1,500
NDSCS Academic Scholarship$1,000
Total Financial Aid Package$9,855

NDSCS STEM Scholars Program Application

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