Scholarship Opportunities

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 awards 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.

We're making exciting changes to the 2021-22 Normandale Scholarship application! Because of this, the scholarship application will launch on Monday, February 15th, 2021. Check back here for more information then!

Other scholarships available to Minnesota State students

LeadMN Leadership Scholarship

The LeadMN Leadership scholarship is for Minnesota State two-year college and four-year university undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Graduate and PSEO students are ineligible. Scholarships are awarded for both fall and spring semesters. Click here

Deadline: April 1 and November 1 semi-annually

James H. and Maryan G. McCormick Leadership Scholarship

The James H. and Maryan G. McCormick Leadership Scholarship recognizes Minnesota State students pursuing a certificate, undergraduate or advanced degree who demonstrate leadership in academic, extracurricular activities and community service. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. PSEO students are ineligible. Scholarships are awarded for the spring semester. Click here

Deadline: November 1 annually

Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarships

The Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship recognizes Minnesota State students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service. Priority will be given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the MN GI Bill. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. PSEO students are ineligible. Scholarships are awarded for the fall semester. Click here

Deadline: April 1 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

Outside Scholarships

Search for scholarships for college students with Fastweb's free matching service for scholarships. You can also learn about financial aid and student loan options.

The GPS lifeplan offers a Finance section that helps with paying for college and financial literacy. Go to the "Finance Your Education" section for more information about scholarships and financial aid. 

Studying Abroad

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

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Scholarship Tips


The Scholarship Selection Committee will consider you for all available scholarships for which you meet the criteria. By completing and submitting the Student Scholarship Online Application (along with all required information), you are asking to be considered for all available scholarships. Take your time and be complete in your answers. Of particular interest to the selection committee are your narratives, so be thoughtful in your responses and provide the selection committee with a good picture of who you are and why you are deserving of a scholarship. Another area of interest to the selection committee is your listings of volunteer service, honors and recognition, notable achievements and leadership positions you have held. Your academic record is also heavily considered in the review process.

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

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List Of Scholarships

Scholarships for Which You Will be Considered Upon Completing the General Scholarship Application Form

  • Adkins Family Scholarship
  • Aftab Hasnain Endowed Scholarship
  • Alice Seagren Scholarship
  • Biology Deparment Endowed Scholarship
  • Chorzempa Family Scholarship
  • Dental Hygiene Faculty & Alumni Scholarship
  • The John E. Desmond and Jane C. Desmond Foundation Success Through Perserverance Scholarship
  • Donald and Ramona Johnstone Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr J. Premanand Endowment Scholarhip
  • Earl Joseph Endowment Scholarship
  • Elisabeth Rosenberg Endowed Scholarship
  • Ernie and Jeanne Lindstrom Scholarship
  • Jason Horak Memorial Scholarship
  • Jodsaas Math and Science Scholarship
  • Joe Opatz and Pamela Steckman Endowed Scholarship
  • Kevin Downey Memorial Scholarship
  • Mains'l Making A Difference Scholarship
  • Nadine Bordwell Dental Hygiene Scholarship
  • Nancy Stein Endowed Scholarship
  • NCC Achievement Scholarship
  • NCC Presidential Scholarship
  • NCC Returning Adult Scholarship
  • Normandale Retiree Scholarship
  • Nursing Alumni Scholarship
  • Nursing Faculty Scholarship
  • Peggy Kelly Memorial Scholarship
  • RBCU (Richfield Bloomington Credit Union) Scholarship
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Scholarship
  • Robert Erickson Part-Time Returning Adult Scholarship
  • Robert Farley Ogden Endowed Scholarship
  • Ruth Kwait Scholarship
  • Social Science Scholarship
  • Stan Magnuson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Wells Fargo Scholarship

Please Talk to Department Faculty Members for Information on Departmental Scholarships

  • Anthropology Scholarship (Anthropology Department)
  • Bryant Art Scholarship (Art Department)
  • Felicity Abby Jane Mathieu Art Scholarship (Art Department)
  • Normandale Business Institute Scholarship (Business Department)
  • Chemistry Department Scholarship (Chemistry Department)
  • Don Reznicek Chemistry Department Scholarship (Chemistry Department)
  • Communication Department Scholarship (Communication Department)
  • Dental Hygiene Advanced Practice Scholarship (Dental Hygiene Program)
  • Dental Hygiene Scholarship (PEW) (Dental Hygiene Program)
  • Dental Hygiene Student Scholarship (Dental Hygiene Program)
  • Mary Brunkhorst Memorial (Dental Hygiene Program)
  • Normandale Economics Institute Scholarship (Economics Department)
  • Mae Weiss Scholarship (Education Department)
  • Nelson-Brinkman Scholarship (Education Department)
  • Rask Educational Scholarship (Education Department)
  • English Department Study Abroad Scholarship (English Department)
  • Outstanding Literature Student Scholarship (English Department)
  • Patsy Lea Core Award (English Department)
  • Fred Moyer Memorial Merit (Exercise Science Program)
  • NETA Scholarship (Exercise Science Program)
  • The Torch Bearer Scholarship (Experiential Education)
  • Finish Line Scholarship (Finish Line Scholars Program)
  • MacDonald Geography/Geology Scholarship (Geography/Geology Department)
  • Global Studies Scholarship (Global Studies Program)
  • Russ Smiley Memorial Scholarship (Health Sciences)
  • Team Wellness Scholarship (Health Sciences)
  • John Chalberg Scholarship (History Department)
  • Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau Scholarship (Hospitality Management)
  • Hospitality Management Scholarship (Hospitality Management)
  • Bloomington Crime Prevention Association Scholarship (Law Enforcement Department)
  • Math/Computer Science Scholarship (Math/Computer Science Departments)
  • Aaron Hilden Jazz Memorial Scholarship (Music Department)
  • Jane Burkleo Memorial Music Scholarship (Music Department)
  • Music Department Scholarship (Music Department)
  • Pinsonneault Music Endowed Scholarship (Music Department)
  • Bud Gordon Scholarship (Normandale Business Institute)
  • Jan Carmen Liles Memorial Scholarship (Nursing Program)
  • Olson-Dunne Scholarship (Office of Students with Disabilities)
  • Mooney Materials Science Scholarship (Engineering Department)
  • Myles E. Johnson Scholarship (Psychology Department)
  • Jim & Linda Wallace Theater Endowed Scholarship (Theater Department)
  • Excellence in Theater Arts (Theater Department)
  • Upward Bound Scholarship (Trio Upward Bound Program)
  • Philip Danielson Vacuum Technology Scholarship (Vacuum Technology)
  • Disabled American Veterans Scholarship (Veteran Resources)
  • Gary Bartlett Memorial Languages Scholarships (World Languages)

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Chemistry Department Scholarship Applications

Theatre Department Scholarship Applications

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