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Normandale Community Scholarship Program | Other Scholarship Opportunities | Scholarship Tips

Normandale Community College Scholarship Program


Normandale Community College makes scholarship funds available to students through endowment earnings, gifts to the college and grants from outside foundations. The scholarship program recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding academic, leadership, service and extracurricular achievements. Scholarships also recognize financial need, programs of study and other accomplishments.

Scholarships generally range in value from approximately $375 to $3000 annual award and are primarily available for full-time students. Awards are for use during Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year and are usually divided equally between each semester.

New Student Scholarships
Normandale Community College makes scholarship funds available through endowment earnings, gifts to the college and grants from outside foundations to students who have no earned credits at Normandale

Current and Returning Student Scholarships
Normandale Community College makes scholarship funds available to current and returning Normandale students through endowment earnings, gifts to the college and grants from outside foundations.

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Other Scholarship Opportunities


Information on scholarships available from sources other than Normandale can be found posted below.

A good time to start searching for private scholarship funds is in the winter. Contact your church and other organizations to which you or your family belong and your parents' employers to learn of any scholarship programs for dependents of employees as well as your employer. Review the list below, your high school and local public library for scholarship books. Watch for announcements in the local and on-campus news. Perhaps the best scholarship resource is the Internet. Web sites specializing in scholarships and colleges have proliferated in recent years, and many are free for users. We recommend FASTWEB, a free online scholarship search service.

Scholarship Name Description Deadline Website
National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota Scholarship The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota will be awarding one scholarship for $1,000 and one scholarship for $1,500 to qualified applicants. Candidates must be students who are legally blind and attending a post-secondary school in Minnesota. In addition to the monetary award, one of the winners will attend the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind from July 1-6 in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, both winners will be required to attend the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota convention in Fall 2014. April 15, 2014 Click here
MSCSA Leadership Scholarship The MSCSA Leadership Scholarship rewards emerging student leaders for their community service and academic achievement. A number of scholarships are awarded twice each year. May 1 and November 1 annually

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Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship The Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) offers scholarships for students who are an enrolled member of a Federally recognized tribe; attending an accredited college of university in the State of Minnesota; pursuing and undergraduate or graduate degree; and possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 May 31, 2014 Click here
The James H. and Maryan G. McCormick Leadership Scholarship The James H. and Maryan G. McCormick Leadership Scholarship recognizes students demonstrating leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community service. Two scholarships up to $1,000 each are awarded each fall (one to a state college student, on to a state university student). November 1 annually

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Barbara J. Penny Community Service Scholarship The Penny Scholarship recognizes MnSCU students who have demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership. Two scholarships of $1,500 each are given out each year. March 15 and November 1 annually Click here
Timothy J. Penny State & Federal Public Service Fellowship The Penny Fellowship provides MnSCU students with the financial opportunity to grow as public servants through participation in local, state or federal government internships. State fellowship awards are $2,500, and federal awards are $5,000. Assistance finding internships is available. March 15 and November 1 annually Click here

Considering study abroad?
You can research available study abroad funding opportunities at www.studyabroadfunding.org .

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Scholarship Tips


As you research outside scholarship opportunities, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria before you submit an application.
  2. 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".
  3. Follow directions and provide everything that is requested.
  4. Write a concise essay. Be as personal and specific as possible. Be creative.
  5. 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.
  6. Keep track of deadlines.
  7. Proofread the entire application before mailing it.
  8. Make a copy of the entire application for your records.
  9. 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 view the presentation from Student Success Day on applying for scholarships, click here.

To find out how to spot, stop or report a scholarship scam, click here for the Minnesota Attorney General website.