ND Career & Technical Education Scholarship

The North Dakota Legislature created this scholarship to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a college or university in North Dakota.


Amount: The total value is $6,000; disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled fulltime, as defined by the financial aid office at the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress toward degree completion requirements of the scholarship. For the purposes of the North Dakota scholarship, “progress toward degree completion” means earning a minimum number of credits after each semester or quarter term disbursement to qualify for the subsequent disbursement. Please note that if you do not meet the degree-completion requirements in a term, you can still be considered in a future term if you meet the guidelines at that time.  Students in their FINAL term to graduate may still qualify for payment even if they are part time enrolled. Students must notify the NDUS to request an override. This exception to full time enrollment may only apply to a student once. 


Degree Completion Requirements:

  • Twenty-four (24) cumulative credits after disbursement two;
  • Thirty-nine (39) cumulative credits after disbursement three; 
  • Fifty-four (54) cumulative credits after disbursement four; 
  • Sixty-nine (69) cumulative credits after disbursement five;
  • Eighty-four (84) cumulative credits after disbursement six; and
  • Ninety-nine (99) cumulative credits after disbursement seven.


Who is eligible: Scholarship candidates must be North Dakota resident high school seniors, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than a “C” on any class required for the diploma, complete the required program of study (see high school counselor for details), and earn composite scores of 24 or higher on the ACT or three 5s on the WorkKeys assessments. For more information about scholarships eligibility go to the Department of Public Instruction website.


Where the scholarship can be used: Recipients can use the scholarship at any of the approved public, private or tribal colleges within the state of North Dakota. Eligible institutions must be regionally accredited and offer programs of study of at least 2 years in length.


The approved public colleges include Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University and Williston State College.


Approved private colleges include Rasmussen College (Fargo location), Trinity Bible College, University of Jamestown and University of Mary.


Approved tribal colleges include Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community Colleges and United Tribes Technical College. 


How to apply: In addition to taking the required coursework and meeting the required grade point average and testing requirements, an application is required. Please complete the  application form with the ND Department of Public Instruction.