By Sarah Hoffbeck
We all know that the typical college-aged student is strapped for cash. Between paying for books, necessary midnight brain food (aka, pizza) and everything in between, coming up with the funds necessary for paying for college can prove challenging at times.
So why not encourage your family member to apply for a scholarship? Unlike loans, scholarships never have to be paid back (what a relief, huh?). Scholarship recipients are typically selected in the spring (February through May) for the upcoming academic year—meaning that right now is the time to start applying.
Scholarships at NDSCS are sponsored by contributions from friends, alumni and the business community. To apply for a scholarship, your student must complete a Scholarship Application by February 1, 2015. Applications received after February will still be accepted, but only considered if current funds are still available.
So how much could your family member potentially receive in a scholarship from NDSCS? Your student will automatically qualify for a general NDSCS academic scholarship 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
To fill out a Scholarship Application online, simply click here to complete the form. The Scholarship Application can also be found in the Enrollment Services Office located in Haverty Hall in Wahpeton.
NDSCS encourages students to apply for outside scholarships as well. Currently, Enrollment Services has information on almost 100 external scholarship opportunities. To find out more about these scholarship opportunities, click here.
Your student may also have luck creating a profile on a popular scholarship search website such as scholarships.com or collegenet.com.
In any event, be sure to get the 2015-16 NDSCS Scholarship Application turned in no later than Sunday, February 1. If you have any questions, or for more information, contact Enrollment Services at 701-671-2521.