2021-2022 Scholarship Information

If you plan on going to a trade school, college, or university after you graduate, you will most likely need financial aid to help pay your way. Scholarships are financial awards given to students that do not have to be paid back. Receiving a scholarship can be based on different factors that may include: academic achievement, athletic achievement, involvement in a club or organization, and more. The best time to begin thinking about applying for scholarships is right now. Scholarships have fixed dates that your application must be received by to be considered as a candidate to receive the award. Go through this scholarship list and make sure to write the application due date down in a calendar so you can be sure to get the application papers submitted on time.

Dollars for Scholars
All Garrison High School students have an opportunity to receive scholarship money through the Dollars for Scholars program if they successfully graduate from high school. The Garrison Dollars for Scholars program was founded in 1991 and all graduating seniors can receive scholarship awards if they meet minimum requirements. Overall amounts are determined by GPA, class rank, community involvement, and more. Mrs. Ruud and Mrs. Behles or another representative from Garrison Dollars for Scholars will help guide seniors through the online application process well in advance of the due date.

Institutional Scholarships
When you apply to a college or university, you also complete a financial aid application which helps the school determine what grants or scholarships you may be eligible for. Most of the time this is done based on the demographic information you entered when you applied (gender, ethnicity, degree program, and so on). This means that if you apply to attend North Dakota State University their financial aid office will determine what eligible awards you could receive that are specific to their school. It doesn’t hurt to double check what’s available to make sure that you didn’t miss out on an award that you could potentially be a candidate for. College and university websites have specific financial aid webpages and you can search available scholarships that way. As an example, here is the link to Bismarck State College’s scholarship directory: If you have unsuccessfully tried searching for the scholarship directory at the school you want to attend, this is a great question to ask an admissions representative. You can also get help from Mrs. Ruud.

Other Scholarships
Hard copies of scholarship applications will be printed off and placed in the literature rack outside of Mrs. Ruud’s office when they are mailed to GHS. Notices about due dates and other scholarship information will be regularly communicated through the RemindApp. You can also keep track of local scholarships by using the following list which is posted out of convenience for students and parents.

Guidance and Help Mrs. Ruud is available to meet with juniors and seniors to help with scholarship application questions. Please stop by his office or contact him by e-mail to set up an appointment: 

The List (if you know of a local scholarship that is missing from this list or the information is outdated, e-mail: This should not be considered a completely exhaustive list. Other scholarships will come to my attention throughout the year and will be communicated on the RemindApp. You can also find more by doing your own research online.

North Dakota Academic & CTE Scholarships
Award Amount: $6,000 over 4 years; $1500 per year Eligibility Criteria: meet all of the scholarship criteria found on the ND DPI website: 
How to Apply: Applications are accepted from January 3-June 3 to be considered.  Additional details can be found at: 

BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship
Award Amount: Three Scholarships- one for $5,000, three for $2,500, and two for $1,000 Eligibility Criteria: Seniors from an accredited North Dakota or Minnesota high school.  How to Apply: Submit a 1,000 word essay sharing a personal example of how you were challenged and overcame a difficult situation by applying your high character and personal ethics.  Essay must be accompanied by scholarship entry form (get this from Miss G.), one letter of recommendation, a copy of your high school transcript and a list of your extracurricular activities.  Judging will be based mainly on the content of the essay. All applications must be received at the BBB offices by 4:30 pm on October 10th, 2020.

ND Grain Dealers Association
Award Amount: Eight $1,000 scholarships
Eligibility Criteria: Students in agricultural curriculums at North Dakota institutions of higher learning, particularly for those students pursuing careers in grain marketing, agronomy and related agribusiness. Due Date: September 30, 2021

Dakota Cruisers Scholarship
Eligibility: The Dakota Cruisers car club of Minot will again be awarding $500 scholarships to students from area schools who will be pursuing a career in automotive repair and/or restoration. Students must be enrolled or plan on enrolling in a vocational college in North Dakota with additional consideration given for accredited, approved out-of-state institutions.
Website:  Due Date: April 2021 (exact date TBD)

Horatio Alger Association Scholarships
Eligibility: Multiple types of awards for academic and CTE scholarships. Please refer to website for more information and due dates.

Groth & Associates Scholarship
Amount: One $1,000 award Eligibility & Due Date: Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0+, Fill out the form with your contact information. Attach school transcript to verify enrollment. Attach a 500-word essay about difficulties or hardships you have had to personally overcome. Application Deadline: July 2021 (exact date TBD)

McLean Electric/Basin Electric Scholarship
Eligibility & Amount: The Scholarship Program will award two scholarships in the amount of $500. The scholarships must be used for educational costs, and the student must enter a higher education institution in the fall of the school year for which the scholarship is given or be an enrolled higher education student. Checks will be made payable to the school.

McLean Electric Scholarship Eligibility & Amount: McLean Electric Cooperative, Inc. is pleased to offer a financial assistance award to assist youth in pursuing their higher education goals. McLean Electric will give $500 financial assistance to one student who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a full time graduate or undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.

Michael Odermann Memorial Scholarship
Description & Eligibility: High school seniors graduating in 2021 are eligible to receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Michael Odermann Memorial Scholarship Pheasant Hunt. There will two scholarships available to seniors. Student must be enrolled in a western North Dakota high school and be an active participant in one Fine Art and one Athletic co-curricular activity as a senior. Student must have maintained a GPA of 2.5 (on a 4 point scale) or better throughout high school. To qualify for this competitive scholarship, a student must submit a 1-3 page essay (minimum 500 words). Winners will be notified by letter.
Due Date: April 2021 (exact day TBD)
Contact for an application:

National Turkey Federation Academic Scholarship
To see eligibility requirements and award amounts, please use the contact information on the website and application.
Dr. Kennamer Scholarship Application:

North Dakota Association of Counties
Description: The NDACO scholarship program was created in 1998 to assist county families afford college. Children and grandchildren of county officials and employees are eligible to apply. The scholarship fund is supported by corporate sponsors like Nationwide Retirement Solutions and county donors from across the state. Thanks to their generosity, the scholarships have grown from two $500 awards to six $2,000 awards! Applications are due by December 31st of each year.

ND Corn Growers Association
Description: The North Dakota Corn Growers Association awarded 10 – $1,000 scholarships in 2020, which typically includes a recipient from each of the organization’s seven districts and three at-large recipients. In order to be eligible for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association scholarship, students had to submit: a completed application, career plans, at least two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a resume and a copy of their most recent transcript. Applicants are required to be a member of a North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Student memberships are available for high school and post secondary students for $10. Applications are due by January 31st, 2022.

North Dakota Implement Dealers Association
Award amount: Up to $6,000 Description: The North Dakota Implement Dealers Association is looking for students that are interested in the equipment industry. Farm equipment dealers throughout the state of North Dakota have a growing demand for well-trained diesel technicians. While technicians are a particular area of focus, dealers are interested in assisting potential employees in all areas of dealership operations, including sales, service, parts, and management.

North Dakota State Fair Foundation
Amount: Up to four $1,000 awards For more information please consult the website listed below.

Prairie Hills Scholastic Banquet Scholarships & Applications
Description: The Prairie Hills Scholastic Banquet is an annual spring banquet focusing on the academic achievements of area youth. You must complete separate applications for each scholarship. The eligibility requirements are different for each award so read very carefully. Due: Applications are due the last day of March. They may be delivered to 91 N. Main Street or mailed to BHG Inc., P.O. Box 309, Garrison, ND 58540. The application must be postmarked no later than the last day of March.

Minot Rotary Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: Applicants must be a graduating senior of the current year, be involved in school and community activities, and enroll in a postsecondary school or vocational school following high school graduation. Children of Minot Rotarians are not allowed to participate.

Reuben T. Geunther Scholarship
Eligibility: The applicant must meet all of the following requirements: Be a graduating senior from a North Dakota high school in 2021. Have completed one or more career and technical education courses between grades 9 and 12; (Career and Technical Education courses may be in any of the following programs: Agriculture Education, Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Health Sciences Education, Information Technology Education, Marketing Education, Technology and Engineering Education, or Trade, Industry and Technical Education). Enroll in a two-year North Dakota public postsecondary institution. Enroll as a full-time student in a career and technical education program of two years or less. Amount: Two scholarships in the amount of $350 each.

State Farm Companies Foundation
Description: The Foundation provides support for key initiatives and scholarships, as well as associate-directed programs, including grants supporting volunteerism and matching gifts to charitable organizations and two- and four-year colleges and universities. These programs support the communities where State Farm® associates live and work.

William John Tuntland Masonic Scholarship Description: For more information please visit the link below. Due Date: March 2021 (exact date TBD)

RTC Coop Scholarship
Description: In 2021, Reservation Telephone Cooperative (RTC) will award four college scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500. Preference will be given to students going into telecom, IT, electronics, accounting, marketing, or business-related fields who show an interest in returning to RTC’s service area after earning their degree. Eligibility: Be a senior in high school who will be entering your first year of college in the fall of 2018. Be a current member of RTC. To be a member, you or your parents/guardians must have local telephone service from RTC. Be a United States citizen. Have a “C” (2.0) average or better, grade 9 through December of grade 12. Be accepted by an accredited two‐year or four‐year college or university, or vocational technical school. Have been involved in four different extra-curricular activities during high school. List each activity only once, regardless of the number of years involved. Activities may be related to your school, employment or community.

ND United Scholarships
Description: Scholarships are available to North Dakota United members, including Student NDU and NDU-Retired members, as well as the dependents of all members. All scholarships have been awarded for the 2020 academic year. Application forms for 2021 will be posted on January 1, 2021.

North Dakota School Counselor Association Amount: $1,000 Eligibility: Download application document from NDSCA website listed below for more details.  Due Date: December 2020 (exact date TBD)

ND Farmers Union
Description: There are several types of scholarship opportunities listed on this page. Please take time to read each application carefully for eligibility, award amounts, and due date information.

ND Crop Improvement  & Seed Association
Amount: Three $1000 scholarships available to incoming freshmen. Three $1000 scholarships available to undergraduates (excluding freshmen). Eligibility: Applicant shall be a resident of the state of North Dakota and attend a North Dakota school Applicant and/or guardian shall be a member of their respective county Crop (Ag) Improvement Association. Applicant shall be a full-time student (12 credits or more)

Great River Energy
Description: Great River Energy is offering scholarships for graduating seniors who are pursuing a four-year or vocational-technical degree in North Dakota. This year, up to thirteen $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the following high schools: Barnes County North, Beulah, Center-Stanton, Garrison, Hazen, Jamestown, Max, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Underwood, Valley City, Washburn and Wilton. A reminder that applicants do not need to be related to a Great River Energy employee. For more information, contact Rachel Retterath at 

Associated General Contractors
Description: The AGC of North Dakota has multiple scholarships available to students interested in construction careers. Consult the website for more detailed information on eligibility requirements, award amounts, and due dates.

Bremer Bank
Description: There is a directory of scholarships on this website that are distributed through Bremer Bank. Please use the website to find more detailed information about due dates, award amounts, and eligibility requirements. Applications open on December 1st. 

ND Jaycee Senate Scholarship
Description: Applicants will compete for four scholarships of $300 each. Three primary award winners and one alternate winner will be selected. Application must be postmarked by January 22, 2022.

Farm Credit Services
The recipient may be from an actively farming and ranching OR planning to pursue an agricultural career. Application deadline is March 1, 2022.
Website: or

Native American Scholarships 

(these scholarships are only available if you are an enrolled member of the awarding tribe) 

The Helen Bergstrom Ernst Scholarship Fund was established to provide members of the Spirit Lake tribe with an opportunity to pursue their educational goals. Applicants must be an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake tribe, enrolled full time in an accredited post-secondary institution and maintain a 2.00 GPA. The deadline for the scholarship is September 30th of each year. Applications are available by contacting the Spirit Lake Tribe Education Office, PO Box 359, Ft. Totten, ND 58335. (701) 766-4347.  Applications are available on line at 

Applicants must be enrolled members of the Standing Rock Tribe. Applications are available by contacting the Office of Higher Education, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, PO Box D, Fort Yates, ND 58538, 1-800-854-2095. Deadline dates: Fall Semester–July 1, Spring Semester—December 30, Summer Semester–May 30. 

Applicants must be enrolled members of the Turtle Mountain Tribe. Applications are available by contacting Emil LaRoque, Scholarship Office, PO Box 900, Belcourt, ND 58316. (701) 477-8102. Deadline: September 1.


Other Resources Bank of North Dakota College Handbook (see page 24):

New Scholarship Information: 

 American Legion Auxiliary 

Each of these unique scholarships has a different deadline and criteria. The website for general information is at The following scholarships can be found at this website. 

American Legion Auxiliary, Department of ND, Past Presidents Parley (may be used at a nursing school of the student’s choice) 

American Legion Auxiliary Department of ND – Education Program (Sponsors a program to assist students pursuing a degree in the field of their choice) 

**American Legion Auxiliary National Level Scholarships Information on this scholarship can be found at 


**SAMSUNG American Legion Scholarship  

The scholarship information can be found at