Scholarship Opportunities

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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.

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


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.

MassMutual Scholars Program

Students entering their sophomore year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 who are interested in pursuing a career in the insurance or financial services industry can apply for a $5,000 scholarship. Click here

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship

If you are a former Little or High School Big with a Minnesota Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, you may be eligible for this scholarship.  This scholarship is specifically for those in a non-four year education or training program at Normandale Community College or another accredited Minnesota postsecondary school working to gain a certificate or associates degree. Click here

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Great Lakes STEM Scholarship

Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. is proud to be offering up to 750 $2,500 scholarships to new and continuing student in qualifying STEM majors through the Great Lakes National Scholarship Program. Click here

Deadline: April 6, 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

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

Association of Women Contractor's Scholarship

AWC will award a total of $20,000 in 2015 for a gemal student who is a MN resident or attending post high school education in MN, has a high school diploma or GED by Spring 2015, and is currently in or plans to enroll in a contracution rleated field of study. Click here

Deadline: April 30, 2015 

Grasshopper Entrepreneuer Scholarship

Grasshopper is offering a $5,000 scholarship for students to use toward their tuition and books in 2015. Click here

Deadline: April 30, 2015

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

Robbinsdale Association of Retired Educators

Robbindsale Association of Retired Educators (RARE) announces a one year scholarship for persons pusuing a career in education.  Applicants must have/had a connection with Independent School District 281
Click Here

Deadline: May 4, 2015 

BlindsGalore Scholarship

This is a national scholarship program for college women.  If your essay is chosen, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
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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.
Click Here

Deadline: May 24, 2015  

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship

The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to minority students from union families atteding or planning to attended one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges and/or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. To be eligible, a scholarship applicant must be a racial minority and a union member or be the child, granchild or spouse of a union member. Scholarships are $1,200 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students and may be renewed.
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Deadline: June 1, 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 residentClick Here

Deadline: July 1, 2015 for Fall 2015

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

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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