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  • · Start early
  • · Always ask for recommendations two weeks in advance
  • · Type your applications
  • · Apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible
  • · Make a copy of essays, information and recommendations
  • · Keep a file of all scholarship information
  • · Sell yourself (include volunteer work, church activities, jobs etc.) 
  • Scholarships, Opportunities, Etc....

    2018-2019 Scholarships, opportunities and other available program information.

    Scholarships, opportunities, and other programming information I receive will be available here and posted as I receive the information.  Please contact me if you have any questions, I am happy to offer assistance with applications, seek additional information, etc.  Paper copies of applications are available on the second floor of the high school in magazine racks outside the school counselor's office.

    38.  North Dakota Foundation for Education Leadership Scholarship for high school seniors in ND.  Deadline June 1.  The guidelines, requirements and application forms are posted to the NDCEL website under "Programs and Services", click the drop-down menu "NDFEL Scholarships".

    37.  Associated General Contractors of North Dakota Scholarships.  $58,000 was distributed last year.  Due April 26, 2019 Applications available at and

    36.  Contest - Earth Day Patch Contest (three age group categories) deadline March 15, 2019.  See Mrs. Faye Nelson for more information.  

    35.  Dakota Area Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Fund - This is a five year program where the student learns through on the job training.  More information is available at

    34.  Boys State 2019 will take place on the campus of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton on June 9-14, 2019.  All young men who have completed their Junior year are eligible.  Students may register at or by filling out the registration brochure available from Mrs. Faye Nelson.

    33.  The 2019 Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship will be awarded on May 1.  Application deadline is April 1, 2019.  Students who plan to attend or are currently attending a North Dakota college are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given, but not limited to, students studying in water-related fields and students whose families have been active in the state's water resource management. See Mrs. Faye Nelson for the new updated application.

    32.  North Dakota Leadership Seminar for sophomores will be held May 31 - June 2, 2019 at the University of Jamestown.  Check this out at for more information. 

    31.  First Community Credit Union has launched a scholarship foundation supporting commitment to area communities.  The scholarship application is available at www.myfccucom/scholarships. The deadline to submit is March 15, 2019.

    30.  North Dakota Farmers Union has scholarships available.  Applications can be downloaded at  Deadlines are approaching soon.  

    29.  40th Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Saturday, March 30, 2019 to increase young women's interest in STEM.  Website:

    28.  North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association provides 3 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.  Deadline:  Feb. 15.  Information is available at

    27.  North Dakota Dollars for Scholars.  Apply online at  Application deadline is April 1, 2019.

    26.  North Dakota Grocers Association - Richard Bronson Scholarship for 2019 High School Senior.  Deadline March 8, 2019.  You must be presently employed in the supermarket/grocery industry of a NDGA member and have been so for at least one year OR one or both of your parents or legal guardians must be presently employed in the supermarket/grocery industry of a NDGA member and have been so for at least two years.  See Faye Nelson for the application.  It is also available outside the school counselors office in the magazine racks. 

    25.  “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. Today’s students are the future of America and there are few things more American than agriculture. We’re aiming to find fresh talent, with diverse backgrounds, across all 50 states, to begin their careers as an intern with USDA. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in serving their country and working here at USDA, please pass this email along to them. We would love to hear from them and have them serve at USDA.


    The OneUSDA Internship Program provides students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. At USDA, we are committed to teaching and shepherding the next generation of strong leaders.


    USDA will start reviewing applications on December 9, and the application window will close on January 18, 2019. Help us spread the word! In the Summer of 2019, USDA will hire Pathways Interns in hundreds of locations across every state for the following occupational fields:


    • Veterinary Science
    • Biological Sciences (e.g., natural resources management forestry, wildlife biology, fish biology, ecology, botany, rangeland management, recreation)
    • Engineering
    • Agribusiness, Contracting, Procurement, and Industry
    • General Administration and Office Support


    After choosing the geographic region of preference and the career path that best matches with students’ area of study and professional aspirations at, students simply follow the weblinks to to set up an account, then follow the prompts to apply to the internship.


    For more information, visit


    Thank you for everything you do to “Do Right and Feed Everyone.”


    Sonny Perdue


    24.  The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation employs approximately 315 seasonal employees from as many as 30 US states and 25 world countries each summer.  Along with gaining valuable work experience there are also scholarships for $1,000 - $1,500 available.  Applications can be found online at 


    23.  December 13th is the deadline to submit work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  New this year, NDSU scholarships for $600 in English and $1,500 in Art.  Go to to submit work.  Good Luck!


    22.  The North Dakota Association of Counties (NDACo) is offering a scholarship opportunity for students who have a parent or grandparent employed by a county in North Dakota. This includes elected county officials, appointed officials, full-time employees, and permanent part-time employees. Six scholarships of $2000 each will be awarded. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 7, 2019. Use this link to access the scholarship information and application.

    I encourage you to pass this information along to your students and parents. Questions on the scholarship can be directed to Jeff Eslinger, NDACo Communications Manager, at (701) 328-7332.


    21.  Polar communications, in collaboration with other NTCA member companies, brings students from across rural America to Washington, DC for a four-day tour.  The FRS Youth Tour provides high school students a chance to visit our nation's capital and learn about rural telecommuniocations - and to tell their community's story.  Since 1995, the tour has hosted thousands of students and provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities as well as key legislative, regulatory and government figures.  The 2019 tour is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019.  Polar pays all expense, including airfare and $50 spending money. Students must be in high school, age 16 or 17 years at the time of the tour.  No exceptions.   Deadline:  March 1, 2019.  More information and the application is available at



    20.  Polar communications is proud to be able to offer scholarship programs for high school seniors whose parent or guardian is a Polar sutomer of voice or broadband.  Scholarships are for high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two or four-year college, university of vocational/trade school.  Application deadline due to Polar by February 15, 2019.  Information and application is available at



    Spread the word!Help the next generation of ag leaders apply for scholarships




    There are countless career opportunities in agriculture, and they aren’t just in farming! However, many students aren’t aware of the diverse possibilities.

    America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is offering more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing an ag-related field of study. Students (including non-FFA members) can apply now for a $1,500 scholarship, and they need your endorsement to qualify.

    Three easy steps:

    1. Farmers spread the word
    2. Students apply
    3. Two farmers endorse the application

    See the official rules here.



    18.  It’s that time of year for the new Money Sen$e video contest!  The North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition is again providing a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who submits a video and receives the most votes.  Provided is the link where students can read the details for submitting the YouTube video.


    Please help spread the word! If you have any questions, please contact Joy Sparks.  This year’s contest ends November 30, 2018.




    17.  The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to provide each recipient with the opportunity to graduate college debt free.  Six hundred twenty-two Scholars from 37 states currently attend 236 colleges.  Visit this website   Deadline is 5:00 pm CST, November 15, 2018.


    16.  The North Dakota Jaycee Senate announces the 9th Annual ND JCI Senate/Lisa Burdolski Memorial Scholarships.  Applications are found on-line at  or  Must be mailed and postmarked by January 11, 2019.  Direct questions to with the North Dakota Jaycee Senate Scholarship Committee


    15.  It’s time to open up the NDSCA High School Essay Contest for seniors!  Mrs. Faye Nelson has the application form for the ND School Counseling Association Scholarship 2018-2019.  Last year a ton of applicants participated.  Thanks for promoting what we do!  Please note the VERY IMPORTANT details.


    ·         Due Date: The envelope must be postmarked by December 19th, 2018.  Due to the number of applicants, I will stand firm on the due date.


    ·         Use the current application:  This will ensure that the information required, along with the address of where to submit the application is



    ·         NDSCA Membership:  The student’s school counselor MUST be a member for the student to be eligible. Mrs. Faye Nelson is a member.  

    Vanessa Kocka

    School Counselor

    Valley City Public Schools



    15.  It’s time to open up the NDSCA High School Essay Contest for seniors!  Mrs. Faye Nelson has the application form for the ND School Counseling Association Scholarship 2018-2019.  Last year a ton of applicants participated.  Thanks for promoting what we do!  Please note the VERY IMPORTANT details.


    ·         Due Date: The envelope must be postmarked by December 19th, 2018.  Due to the number of applicants, I will stand firm on the due date.


    ·         Use the current application:  This will ensure that the information required, along with the address of where to submit the application is



    ·         NDSCA Membership:  The student’s school counselor MUST be a member for the student to be eligible. Mrs. Faye Nelson is a member.  

    Vanessa Kocka

    School Counselor

    Valley City Public Schools




    14.  The SHC Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program

    • Provides scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.
    • Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
    • Builds a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce.
    • Offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life.

      The Award

    • $2,000 scholarship award ($1,000 for the 1st year, $1,000 for the 2nd year of college).
    • A minimum of 10 scholarships are awarded.
    • Trip to a national awards ceremony (travel and expenses included).
    • Second gathering in Washington, DC, 18 months after the initial scholarship award (all expenses included).

      Who Should Apply? 

    • Applicants must have been born on or after Nov. 9, 1998.
    • Applicants must be entering college for the first time during the 2019-20 school year. This means that the application is for high school seniors; for those who are in GED programs; or for those who have taken a gap year.
    • Applicants who have experienced homelessness within the last six years are eligible to apply.
    • Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.

      [Deadline to Apply: November 9, 2018, before 11:59 PM PST]

      For more information, please contact Amy Bradley (, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships.

    Youth Leadership Scholarships


    13.  Wednesday, November 7, 2018 NDSCS will be hosting Ag Day.  Students will participate in hands on agriculture activities and hear industry experts discuss trends in agriculture careers.  RSVP on their website or ask Mrs. Faye Nelson for assistance. 


    12.  Study abroad.  Scholarship is possible to study abroad. or


    11.  The Hagan Scholarship Foundation is helping rural students graduate college debt free.  For more information check out  The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. CST, November 15, 2018.  The link will be removed at that time.  


    10.  Dickinson State University would like to invite you to learn about the university's prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program.  This program provides financial support of $3,000 per year for up to four years, which will cover part of the tuition in addition to much more.  Please check out the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program at Dickinson State University.  


    9.  American Legion Auxiliary National Level Scholarships sponsor two $5,000 scholarships and one $2000 scholarship on the National level.  Scholarships are awarded annually in each of the five divisions of the American Legion Auxiliary.


    8.  American Legion Auxiliary Department of North Dakota - Education Program -


    7.  American Legion Auxiliary, awards two $500 scholarships each year.  These scholarships may be used at a nursing school of the student's choice.


    6.  American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships - Samsung American Legion Scholarship for those who attended Girls or Boys State.


    5.  Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Apply for this community award and you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC in May.  Access the application at or  Complete the application and the student/parent agreement; then, on the "certification" page, email or print and deliver instructions to your certifier.  (Deadline:  November 6, 2018)  Your application can be certified by your school principal or head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network. 


    4.  United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, DC March 2-9, 2019.  104 students - two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will be selected for a week-long government and leadership education program in the nation's capital and will each receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.  Now in its fifty-seventh year, the program has been fully funded since inception by the Hearst Foundations.  The application is available from Mrs. Faye Nelson.  All applications must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2018.  


    3.  I have linked two websites below explaining the National Elk’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship program.  This program is sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States.  The National Elks is the second leading scholarship organization next to the Federal Government for Post-Secondary Education in the US.   Students receive awards from Local Lodges that are for one year and also the top students compete at the State and National level for more significant awards.  You currently fall in the region served by the Devils Lake Elks Lodge #1216.  The local awards that will be offered by the Devils Lake Elk’s Lodge #1216 are outlined below after the link to the website that contains the downloadable applications for the scholarships.  Some of you are familiar with the program and have had past winners of these awards and others may not know as much about them.  I have placed the website links below for your convenience.  We judge the applications we receive at the Devils Lake Lodge just before Christmas and notify the winners prior to Christmas.  For the Most Valuable Student contest the parents do not need to be Elks members.  For the Legacy award a parent or grandparent would need to be an Elk member in good standing.  High Schools in our area who had local winners last year were Cavalier, Maddock, Devils Lake, Mt Pleasant and Lakota.


    Most Valuable Student: Devils Lake Elks Lodge will award $1500 to the top male and female student applicant, $500 to 2nd and 3rd place male and female applicant.  These six student applicants will then be forwarded on to the State Competition. (Due Nov. 15, 2018)


    Legacy Award: This is an online only application process for Elk’s members children or grandchildren.  (Due February 1, 2019)


    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I can be reached by email or you can call me at 701-230-9567.  Have a great day!!



    Randall R Fixen

    Scholarship Chair

    Devils Lake Elk’s Lodge #1216


    2.  North Dakota Scholars Program for the Class of 2020.You must take the ACT no later than July 1, 2019.  Scholars will be announced in the fall of 2019 and will receive a letter from the North Dakota University System designating you as a North Dakota Scholar.  You will be awarded an in-state tuition scholarship.


    1.  NDSU Career Fair to find out where you can go with a health professions degree from NDSU.  Sept. 13, 10 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Fargodome  for more information check out   There are also Health Occupations and Professions Exploration (HOPE) programs offered at specific times of the year to high school juniors and seniors with an interest in health professions.  Acceptance to HOPE programs is application-based with preference given to students specifically from rural communities.


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    Debunking myths: The truth about scholarships

    You've probably heard a lot of misinformation about scholarships. Here are some common myths — and some of the truths behind those myths.

    Millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed each year.
    When you hear statistics like this, many times these numbers include money that could be spent by businesses on employees who are eligible for training programs.

    It is true that some scholarship programs have requirements that few people are able to meet. But the vast majority of programs have requirements that apply to a large part of the population.

    In addition, some scholarship programs aren't publicized effectively, so students may not apply because they aren't aware that they exist.

    Scholarship search services have high success rates.
    According to industry statistics, more than 90 percent of students who use fee-based search services receive only lists of scholarships. This doesn't mean that these services actually obtain funds on behalf of the students. College surveys have found that the actual percentage of students who receive scholarships because of such services is about one percent.

    So it all really depends on how you define "success." As a student seeking scholarships, you should define "success" as actually obtaining a scholarship, as compared to only obtaining information about a scholarship.

    It's not what you know, it's who you know.
    On very rare occasions, students may actually be given scholarships because they know someone. Most of the time, however, this is not the case. In fact, it happens so rarely that researchers don't include these situations in their findings.

    In most cases, students who apply for scholarships are evaluated based upon such factors as their knowledge, their academic and extracurricular achievements, and their potential for success in college.

    The more scholarships I receive, the less need-based financial aid I'll receive.
    There is some truth to this. When you apply for financial aid, you are required to report all scholarships (as well as other sources of funds) that you will use for your education. Scholarship funds may change the amount of "need" you have according to the federal government. As a result, you may receive less need-based financial aid than if you didn't have any scholarships. However, receiving a scholarship is more likely to reduce your reliance on loans.

    If your eligibility for financial aid is high enough, a scholarship may not affect your assistance. Each situation is different, and your guidance counselor or a financial aid counselor at a local college can explain this in more detail.

    Regardless of your situation, you should apply for federal financial aid as well as any scholarships you may be eligible for.

    Minorities have a better chance of receiving scholarships.
    Although there are some situations in which scholarships have been set aside for minorities, remember that each scholarship program has specific criteria. For example, some scholarships are offered only to students who play specific sports, or only to students who come from specific communities, or for students whose parents work for a specific company or belong to a specific organization.

    The truth is that there are scholarships available to almost anyone. Your task is to do a little bit of research to find those for which you are eligible.

    Source: TASFAA High School Workbook 2008-2009, Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (

    High test scores and class rank are key to scholarships

    For many scholarship committees, your scores on the SAT and ACT exams along with your class rank are the main factors in evaluating your potential. Other factors that committees consider include achievement, extracurricular activities, work and volunteer history, and writing quality.

    Source: TASFAA High School Workbook 2008-2009, Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (



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