North Dakota Resident Scholarships

These scholarships are available for North Dakota residents. If you have questions regarding these scholarship opportunities, please contact the North Dakota University System (NDUS) at [email protected] or 701-328-2964.

ND Academic Scholarship and ND Career & Technical Education Scholarship

The ND Academic and Career & Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships were created by the North Dakota legislature to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a North Dakota college or university.

Amount and Eligibility:

  • Total value is $6,000; disbursed $750 per semester
  • Recipient has up to six year post high school graduation to use the scholarship
  • To qualify for disbursement, recipient must be:
    • Enrolled full-time (12 or more credits);
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75; and
    • Maintain progress toward degree completion scholarship requirements.

Qualification and application Information can be found on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website, along with more information <link to https://www.nd.gov/dpi/parentscommunity/academic-and-cte-scholarship/scholarship-faq>.

nd scholars program

This program provides merit-based, full-tuition scholarships to North Dakota high school graduates who choose to stay in North Dakota to earn a first bachelor's degree.

Eligibility and Qualifications:

  • High school students who score at or above the 95th percentile among those who took the ACT prior to July 1st in the calendar year preceding the individual's enrollment in college
  • Eligible students are awarded in descending rank order, based on ACT composite and test scores, until available funds are expended or until the pool of applicants has been exhausted.
  • Funding is limited and not all students in the top 95th percentile receive the award.

Amount of the Award

  • Scholarship amount is equal to the regular undergraduate tuition rate charged at the scholar's institution, not to exceed the highest regular resident undergraduate tuition rate in the North Dakota University System.
  • Scholars may receive the award for no more than eight semesters of full-time enrollment or until attainment of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.
  • Student may use the award at any North Dakota public, private, or tribal college that has a program of study of at least two years in length.

How to apply:

  • Take the ACT Assessment prior to July 1 in the calendar year preceding the student's full-time enrollment in college.

ND Indian Scholarship

Enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes may qualify for up to $2,000 annually in scholarship funding under this merit and need-based program.

Eligibility and Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be North Dakota resident and enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
  • Applicants must be accepted to admission by a North Dakota institution of higher learning or state vocational education program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time, with few exceptions.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Students with a minimum of cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher can qualify based on merit.
  • Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.0-3.499 can qualify based on unmet need. A FAFSA application is required to determine unmet need.
  • Eligibility is limited to no more than the equivalent of full-time funding for six academic years.
  • Funding is limited and awards will be made based on priority awarding process.

How to apply:

  • The North Dakota University System accepts applications annually with an annual priority application deadline of July 15th.
  • Applications can be downloaded on the NDUS website.