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.

The Foundation Scholarship application for the 2022-23 school year closed on June 1.  

We will open scholarships for the 2023-24 school year on March 1, 2023. You can also review the scholarship information below for other scholarships specific to MN State students.

Other scholarships available to Minnesota State students

MN Future Together Scholarship

This program is designed to provide eligible Minnesota residents a tuition-free pathway for earning a certificate, diploma, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in high-need careers.  Funding comes from the State of Minnesota and is awarded to eligible students after grants and scholarships have been paid.  Learn more on the MN Future Together program page.


Workforce Development Scholarship

Looking for a way to help with the costs of starting a career in the high demand areas of healthcare, technology or education? We have a unique opportunity for you to participate in the Workforce Development Scholrship at Normandale. Scholarships of $2,500, which is nearly half of a full-year tuition, are available to students who apply, are qualified and plan to study in of the following areas:




Students must be enrolled in at least 9 credits per term in an eligible program, and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Complete the Foundation Scholarship Application for consideration for the 2022-23 school year.

Normandale PRISM Scholarship

The Normandale PRISM Scholars Program is an NSF-funded program aimed at high achieving low-income students who are planning to earn a four-year degree in a STEM field. Each scholar will be assigned a faculty mentor and will receive as much as $3750 in scholarship money each semester, for four semesters. 

For more information, click here.

LeadMN Scholarship Opportunities

Students who will be enrolled at one of the Minnesota State colleges and universities for the 2022 spring semester should consider college-funding opportunities.


Scholarships available for this enrollment period for the 2022 spring semester are:

·         LeadMN Leadership Scholarship

·         McCormick Leadership Scholarship

·         Linda Olson Memorial Scholarship

·         Morrie Anderson Endowed Scholarship

·         John Kenneth Niemi Memorial Tool Fund

·         John and Kathryn O’Brien Scholarship

·         Irja Sundgren Pratt Memorial Scholarship

·         The Warren H. Robens and Henry P. Dembiczak Endowed Scholarship

November 1, 2021 is the deadline date for applications to be submitted for spring. See below for a website with Frequently Asked Questions, Scholarship Tips, How to Write a Winning Application video, Letter of Recommendation form, and the application for all the above scholarships. 

For more information, click here

Deadline: April 1 and November 1 semi-annually

Mark M Welter "The 100% American" Scholarship

"The 100% American" Scholarship is for students attending a Minnesota State college or university. This scholarship is sponsored through the generosity of the Mark M. Welter Foundation. Five $500 scholarships will be awarded for both the fall and spring semesters

For more information, click here

Deadline: April 1 and November 1 semi-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.

For more information, 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.

For more information, click here


Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship

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

  • Be enrolled or accepted into a program at a Minnesota State institution
  • Applicant must be a racial/ethnic group member
  • Undergraduate applicants must have a 2.0 GPA. Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Full time status for undergraduates is 12 credits or more, and 6 credits or more for graduate students. Part-time status for undergraduate students is 6-11 credits.
  • Part-time scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $1,200 and Full-time scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $2500.

For more information, click here.

Page Education Foundation Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Applicant must be a student of color
  • Student must be a graduate of a Minnesota high school
  • Be enrolled in an accredited Minnesota post-secondary educational institution
  • Register and maintain full-time status throughout the academic year they are awarded the grant, in order to remain eligible

For more information, click here.

Anna M. Kuhl Scholarship

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

  • Must have resided in St. Paul or nerby community
  • Demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Demonstrate character and integrity
  • Be enrolled or plannig to enroll full-time in an undergraduate course of study

For more information, 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.

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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