Normandale 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.
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
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.
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: November 1 and March 15 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: November 1 and March 15 semiannually
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: November 1 and May 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
Buick Achievers Scholarship
Buick is looking for individuals who are active both inside and outside the classroom and who drive positive change in their community Click here
Deadline: February 27, 2015
This is a national scholarship program for college women. If your essay is chosen, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Keating Dental Arts Scholarship
This is a national scholarship program for college women. If you essay is chosen, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Deadline: May 24, 2015
Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships
The Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarships Program provides financial awards to high school students continuing on to college, undergraduate students who wish to complete their higher education and individuals intersted in acquiring an associates degree from a vocational school. MMC offers up to 85 scholarship awards annually, making it one of the largest providers in the state. Click here
Deadline: February 15, 2015
Century Link Scholarship
To be eligible students need to submit a 500-800 word blog post sharing how the internet has increased his or her awareness. Click here
Deadline: April 24, 2015
Spokeo Connections Scholarship
To be eligible for this $1,000 scholarship, applicants must be either a recently graduated high school senior who will enroll as a freshman at a four-year or two-year college or university in the Fall of 2014 OR a full-time student currently enrolled at a an accredited four-year or two-year college or university; maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above; and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Click Here
Deadline: December 10, 2014 for Spring 2015, July 1, 2015 for Fall 2015
Tutor the People Scholarship
To be eligible students need to submit an essay sharing how they helped someone achieve a personal or academic goal. If you essay is selected, you will receive a $500 scholarship award. Click here
Deadline: March 20, 2015
A Place for Mom Scholarship
A place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship has five $1,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical and occupational therapy, speach pathology or long-term care administration. Click here
Deadline: April 15, 2015
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.