Scholarship opportunities at Normandale
The Normandale Community College Foundation makes scholarship funds available to Normandale students through endowment earnings, gifts to the college, and grants from outside foundations. The Financial Aid and Scholarship site has information on scholarships available for new students and current and returning students.
Scholarships available from sources other than Normandale
Web sites specializing in scholarships and colleges have proliferated in recent years, and many are free for users. We recommend FASTWEB, a scholarship search site. You can find scholarship books in the reference section in the Nath Advising Center, your high school, and local public libraries. Watch for announcements in the local and on-campus news.
Be wary as you search the Internet, and be careful of solicitations you receive in the mail from places that "guarantee" you'll receive scholarships if you pay a fee. Each year many families fall prey to scholarship fraud and scams. The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to be alert for companies that make guarantees or ask for money or credit card numbers. If they are promising something that seems too good to be true, it could be a scam. To find out how to spot, stop or report a scholarship scam, visit the FTC Scholarship ScamsWeb site or call 877-FTC-HELP.
- A good time to start searching for private scholarship funds is in the winter.
- Contact organizations to which you or your family belong, your employer, and your parents' employers to learn of any scholarship programs for employees and dependents.
- Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria before you submit an application.
- Complete the application in its entirety. Don't leave any item blank. Make a note on the application why it may not apply to you or indicate "Not Applicable".
- Follow directions and provide everything that is requested.
- Write a concise essay. Be as personal and specific as possible. Be creative.
- Neatness counts. Make copies of the forms you receive and use them as working drafts. Once you have the final version, type it or print it neatly and legibly.
- Keep track of deadlines.
- Proofread the entire application before mailing it.
- Make a copy of the entire application for your records.
Links to selected scholarships
- The Family Scholarship Program from Western Union is intended to help two members of the same family move up the economic ladder through education.
- The Penny Program provides financial support for students attending any Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) institution, including Normandale. The State and Federal Public Service Fellowship provides support for government internships in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. The Community Service scholarship honors a student's commitment to bettering their community.
- The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association provides nursing scholarships for students already enrolled in a nursing program.
- The Air Force Reserve Office Training Corp (AFROTC) program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul allows you to attend classes at Normandale while participating in AFROTC at UST. After participating in the program for fall term, you can compete for an In-College Scholarship at UST that subsidizes tuition, room and board, books, and a monthly stipend.