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.
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.
|MN Masonic Charities Scholarship (Undergraduate Scholarship Program)||The Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarship Program offers awards to Minnesota undergraduates who seek financial assistance for their sophomore, junior or senior years of college. Scholarship value is $2,000 per year.||February 15, 2014||Click here|
|Buick Achievers Scholarship Program||The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program wants to reward students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom - and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. The scholarship program is offering up to $25,000 per year to 100 first-time freshman or existing college students, renewable up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program.||February 28, 2014||Click here|
|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 1semiannually||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|
|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 31||Click here|
|Small Business Success Student Scholarship||The Small Business Success Student Scholarship program will award three deserving individuals with a $1,500 scholarship to use toward further their education at the college or university of their choice.||March 31, 2014|
|National Federal of the Blind Scholarship||To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annual offers blind college students in the U.S. athlete opportunity to win one of 30 national scholarships with from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, community service and leadership. The scholarships are available to blind students who are pursing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the 2014 scholastic year. In addition, each winner receive assistance to attend the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind from July 1-6 in Orlando Florida.||March 31, 2014||Click here|
|Helen N. & Harold B. Shapira Undergraduate Scholarship||The Helen N. & Harold B. Shapira Undergraduate Scholarship was established to assist young men and women pursuing degrees in medicine and science. This $1,000 scholarship award is given annually to an undergraduate student enrolled in a four year Minnesota college or university and working in a medically related curriculum with potential application to patients with diseases of the heart and blood vessel system.||April 1, 2014|
|Great Lakes National Scholarship Program||Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. is offering $2,500 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolling in science, technology, enginnering or math (STEM) programs. Up to 750 awards will be granted to qualified students from across the country.||April 5, 2014||Click here|
|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 Orlanda Florida. Additionally, both winners will be required to attend the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota convention in Fall 2014.||April 15, 2014|
|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.||November 1 and May 1 annually||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|
As you research outside scholarship opportunities, keep these tips in mind:
- 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.
- 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.