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The AFCEA Educational Foundation has six general categories of scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and attending full-time at four-year colleges or universities in the United States. High school students are not eligible to apply.

American Chemical Society Scholarship
ACS sponsors scholarship programs for qualified applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology and teaching. The program's aim is to encourage diversity among applicants and build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in science and technology.

American Sugar Crystal Company Vocational Scholarship & Training Program
American Crystal Sugar Company is a great example of farmers and manufacturers working together to create the highest quality product enjoyed across the country and relied upon in consumers' favorites like sodas, candy bars and cereals.

American Crystal offers many different career options to explore, from technical roles overseeing manufacturing processes to administrative roles leading to factory teams or headquarters programs. The partnership with Bismarck State College helps prepare students for Boiler House Technician and Process Technician careers at our factories. Full scholarships, covering tuition, tools, books, and room/board costs, are awarded annually to students pursuing AAS degrees in Power Generation Technology and Process Technology.
American Water Works Association AWWA Scholarship
Awarding $500 for Water Operator training and education. Each recipient will receive a one-year AWWA Operator membership.

American Welding Society Foundation Scholarship
The AWS Foundation is dedicated to meeting the needs for education and research in the field of welding and related joining technologies.

Cobell Scholarship - Indigenous Education, Inc.
Providing elevated opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native college students through empowering them with an engaging scholarship experience designed to support their success in higher education. The deadline varies please visit

Dakota Indian Foundation Scholarship
The scholarship program is established for the further educational advancement of aspiring Native American students with priority given to those of Sioux heritage. Deadlines: August 1 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester.

DSG (Dakota Supply Group) Education Connection Scholarship
The DSG Education Connection Fund is providing multiple scholarships to individuals who are pursuing an education and a career in the trade industries throughout DSG's service area.

Hess JET Positions
JET provides individuals with the opportunity to job shadow, intern, and apprentice in oil and gas production careers. The program introduces them to professions that are crucial in our industry, inspires individuals to be problem solvers in their approach to work, and encourages the transfer of knowledge and skills between expert employees and the individual.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation Scholarship
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation is an educational, research, and charitable organization serving the metal forming and fabricating industry.

Helen Bergstrom Ernst Scholarship
The Helen Bergstrom  Ernst Scholarship Trust was established by the Will of Helen Bergstrom Ernst to further the education of students who are members of The Spirit Lake Tribe. Helen was born and raised in St. Paul, MN but became fascinated with the Lake Region when her brother Arthur Bergstrom moved to Devils Lake, ND in 1919 and founded Lake Chevrolet in 1923. When Helen came to visit her brother, she developed a deep and abiding love for the people of the Lake Region and especially for the members of the Spirit Lake Tribe. She admired the spirit of the people. As a result of her love, this scholarship trust was established. 
Applications will be accepted starting July 1st and the deadline is the last Friday of September of each year. 

Indian Health Service Scholarships
Three scholarships will be awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs.

Larks Community FUNd Scholarship
The Larks Community FUNd is awarding scholarships to high school seniors or those attending college who are interested in pursuing a career in the sports, events and entertainment field. We want to empower students to use FUN to make a DIFFERENCE as they learn and grow in these evolving industries.

Last Mile Education Fund (Cybersecurity and Information Technology BAS Students) Last Mile Education Fund collaborates with investors and partners to fill critical financial gaps for post-secondary students pursuing tech and engineering degrees. Awards are made available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to review by the Last Mile Education Fund and our investment partners. Funding availability for Cybersecurity and Information Technology BAS students.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The scholarship foundation awards scholarships to active duty or reserve U.S. Marine or children of active duty or reserve U.S. Marine. Students who already have their first undergraduate degree, or are pursuing their second bachelor's degree, or attending graduate school of any kind, or attending Federal Reserve Academics are not eligible.

ND Academic and ND Career & Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship
These scholarships were created to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a college or university within North Dakota. The scholarships can be used at state-accredited public, private, tribal or proprietary institutions with a physical presence in the state.

ND Community Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships are listed geographically and alphabetically. Each scholarship has its own set of specific eligibility requirements, preferences, and priorities.

ND Dollars for Scholars
The vision of North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is to encourage postsecondary education attendance for all North Dakota students. North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is a statewide chapter providing scholarships to students from Dollars for Scholars communities. Each year the organization strives to award over $100,000 to deserving students.

ND Dual Credit Tuition
This scholarship rewards college students for taking dual-credit coursework as high school students.  To qualify, students must meet the eligibility criteria, complete an application with the ND University System (NDUS), and provide all supporting documentation.

Native American Scholarship
The Native American scholarship program was established to provide scholarship awards to Indian students who qualify through an application procedure. The scholarship program provides awards to qualifying undergraduate or graduate students admitted to any institution of higher learning or state career and technical education program within the state. A student may qualify for an award by demonstrating academic merit, or by demonstrating financial need. Students can earn up to $2,000 in scholarship funding per year. Recipients must maintain GPAs of 2.0 or higher.

ND Scholars
This program provides merit-based, full-tuition scholarships to qualifying North Dakota high school graduates who choose to earn undergraduate degrees in North Dakota. 

Nyal Brings Scholarship 
The scholarship program is established for the further educational advancements of aspiring Native American students with priority given to those of Sioux heritage.

PEO Scholarship
P.E.O. Sisterhood sponsors no less than six international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.

Reese Scholarship Foundation
The Rees Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 to over 640 deserving students since 2003. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships of up to $2,000 each to qualified students who are enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution. Scholarship recipients also receive a free Ready to Work test through our partnership with North American Technician Excellence (NATE).
Deadlines: October 1 and June 1

Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship
Sanford Health is accepting applications for five $5,000 scholarships awarded annually to veterans, Guard/Reserve members or active-duty military service members who have demonstrated leadership and commitment in their community.
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2023.

Scholarship America Scholarships
Scholarship America's mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students.

Standing Rock Tribal Scholarship
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Scholarship Program assists with financial aid for eligible enrolled members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeking certificates, associate & bachelor's degrees, and graduate degrees to pursue individual careers and to contribute to the advancement of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Study Abroad Scholarships
The Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to study abroad programs.

Varsity Tutors Scholarship
Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt.

Veteran Volunteer Scholarship
One outstanding applicant will receive the top scholarship of $20,000 to help fund their education. Additional scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $15,000, $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000. The scholarship is open to volunteers age 21 or younger who have contributed a minimum of 100 hours credited through DAV or DAV Auxiliary.