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Normandale Scholarship Programs

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.

Applying for scholarships is easier than you think.  For more information and helpful hints, please review this useful information.

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

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Scholarships available to MnSCU students:

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. Click here

Deadline: May 1 and November 1 semiannually

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. Click here

Deadline: March 15 and November 1 semiannually

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. Click here

Deadline: March 15 and November 1 semiannually

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). Click here

Deadline: November 1 annually

Anna M. Kuhl Scholarship

The Anna M. Kuhl Scholarship is awarded to students of stong character and integrity, who reside in St. Paul or nearby communities. Click here

Deadline: March 30 annually

Federated Scholarship

If you were a former Little or High School Big with a Minnesota Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, you may be eligible for a scholarship up to $5,000. The scholarship is generously sponsored by Federated Insurance and the Federated Challenge! Applicants are required to have been matched in a Minnesota BBBS program for a minimum of 18 months and meet other eligibility criteria.
Click here

Deadline: April 1 annually

Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of a Federally recognized tribe;
  • Be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited community college, or four-year college or university within the State of Minnesota;
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree;
  • Possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate applicants and 3.0 for graduate applicants. 

Award amounts range from $500-$2000 per term. Click here

Deadline: extended to July 1, 2017

Studying Abroad

Considering study abroad?
You can research available study abroad funding opportunities by clicking here.

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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.

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