Paying for College


A scholarship is money for your education that is awarded by a nonprofit foundation, government agency or employer, often in support of the organization’s mission and goals.

Direct a scholarship donor to send the payment or notification of the award to Business Services by the tuition due date.

MCTC students have been awarded scholarships based on their academic achievement, career goals, employment and financial need. Here are some of the scholarships they have won and how to apply.

The Abbot Downing Scholarship was created in 2013 to assist students currently attending MCTC or St. Paul College who plan to continue their education as business majors at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. The scholarship is an annual award toward full-time study in business at Metropolitan State University and is renewable for a second year.

Learn more about the Abbot Downing Scholarship and application process

The American Welding Society offers scholarship funds that, once awarded, are payable directly to the school to which you have been accepted. It will cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies and related institutional costs.

Learn more about the American Welding Society District Scholarships and application process

EMPOWER Scholarships are open to ethnically diverse students for attendance at an institution of higher learning. The EMPOWER scholarships were established in 1994 and are made possible through the David Hersey Endowment Fund, thanks to the generosity of Adele Hersey and her family.

Learn more about the EMPOWER Scholarships and application process

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) is seeking applications from college and university students for the Mark M. Welter "100% American" Award. Five $500 awards will be given to Minnesota State students who best demonstrate a thorough understanding of "The 100% American" activity. View more information and the application in the scholarship packet. All applications must be submitted by email to

Five $500 scholarships (maximum of one per institution) will be given to current Minnesota State students and for those continuing their education within the Minnesota State system. PSEO students are not eligible for the scholarship.

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016

Selection: The five recipients will be selected based on their understanding of The Activity and responses to six (6) essay questions, double-spaced and numbered appropriately.

Submissions: Send completed essay, double-spaced, identifying which question you are answering, in Microsoft Word as a file attachment to

Questions: Please call MSCSA at 651-203-9464

Download the The Power of One Vote scholarship packet

Twenty $500 awards (one per institution) will be given to Minnesota State students who exemplify an understanding of the interconnected nature of the world, its nations and all people; who are in good academic standing; and who demonstrate financial need.

Selection Criteria

Please submit a one-page essay sharing your ideas to some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people-All cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries- have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.

Deadline: Submit your one-page essay to Amy McCarthy at by February 2, 2017

Please include in your submission email: Your name, student ID, mailing address, phone number, email address, status in school and the degree that you are seeking

The MCTC Foundation awards numerous scholarships each year to students in need as well as to students with high academic potential. Last year, the MCTC Foundation awarded more than $320,000 in scholarships to low-income, high-achieving students.

What do I need to do?
Complete scholarship application packets are due in M.3000 (located on the third floor of the Management and Education Center) on or before November 21 by 3 p.m. for consideration. Please contact the MCTC Foundation at 612-659-6313 with Foundation Scholarship questions.

Download the Spring 2017 Foundation Scholarship Application Packet

The National Science Foundation S-STEM grant awards scholarships each fall and spring semester to students in need as well as to students with high academic potential. Download the Spring 2017 S-STEM application

Please contact the directors of program, Dr. Renu Kumar, 612-659- 6047, or Maire Sustacek, 612-659-6493, for any questions related to the scholarship.

If you have physical, learning or emotional disabilities, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program may help with tuition, books, supplies and sometimes room and board.

What do I need to do?

Contact the Minnesota Workforce Center in your area. Students with visual impairments, contact State Services for the Blind.

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities

Deadline: Your application must be submitted on or before January 17, 2017 or until the first 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.


  • Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity)
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent
  • Be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or who is already enrolled in full-time or half-time (at least 6 credits per term) undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.

Visit the Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities web page for more information and how to apply

Many Twin Cities companies, from small to large, reimburse their employees for educational costs. Is yours one of them? Each employer administers its program and sets the rules and procedures. Many employers require students to pay for their college costs up front, and then apply for reimbursement after completing the courses. Please note that you need to meet the usual tuition payment deadline.

What do I need to do?
Contact your supervisor or the human resources department of your employer.

Many scholarships are awarded by local businesses, service organizations and individuals to students who are graduating from high school.

What do I need to do?

Talk with your guidance counselor about scholarships in your community. Your high school is the best source of information about local opportunities and may even coordinate the applications.

If you are graduating from a Minneapolis or St. Paul public, alternative, or participating charter high school or from Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Henry Sibley Senior High, North Senior High (North St. Paul), Richfield, Robbinsdale Cooper, Roseville Area Senior High, Simley Senior High, South St. Paul Senior High, Tartan Senior High or Woodbury Senior High you may qualify for the Power of YOU program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for two years or up to 72 credits at Minneapolis Community and Technical College or Saint Paul College.

Minnesota Indian Scholarships are awarded to Minnesota tribal members who are residents of the state and have financial need.

Tribal Indian Scholarships provide supplemental scholarships to recognized members of tribes in the United States.

What do I need to do?

Contact the American Indian Success Program.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA, a project of Child Care Aware of Minnesota, is a scholarship program intended to help early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their levels of education, compensation and commitment to the field.

Please click here for this scholarship's brochure that has information about this program.

Contact: Please email or call their hotline number at 888-291-9811.

Don’t stop there – keep looking!

Thousands of scholarships are awarded in the United States each year for a wide range of reasons. The secret of winning scholarships is often a connection between you and the reasons the organization is funding the scholarship. Search online for the scholarships at or

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