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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

The Anna M. Kuhl Scholarship Fund was established for residents of St. Paul or nearby communities who plan to pursue post-secondary education at one of 20 designated Minneapolis-Saint Paul area post-secondary institutions. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study.

Deadline: March 30, 2017

How to apply: Visit the Anna M. Kuhl Scholarship Fund website for more information

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 (maximum of one per institution) will be given to Minnesota State students who best demonstrate a thorough understanding of "The 100% American" activity. PSEO students and past recipients are eligible for this scholarship.

Visit the MSCSA website for more information on the 100% American Award.

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

Selection: The five recipients will be selected based on integrating the 24 retrieval answers (pages 2-3) with the four essay questions on page 5 of the 100% American Award Packet.

Accurate use of the “optional enrichment exercise” outlined on page 3 will elevate chances of winning an 100% American Award. Instructions for implementing both the standard and the extra credit choices are given under “Suggestions for integrating…,” on page 3.

Submissions: Submit your application by email to ed@mscsa.org

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.

Questions: Please call MSCSA at 651-203-9464

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.

For this award, students who are eligible are nominated by an academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State colleges and universities. Visit the MSCSA website for more information.

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.

The scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 and can include internship opportunities at Minnesota High Tech Association member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process.

Deadline: April 1, 2017

How to apply: Visit the Minnesota High Tech Association website for more information and to download the application

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 Fall 2017 S-STEM application

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

Deadline: Postmarked by May 26, 2017

How to apply: Mail the completed application to the address provided in the application packet

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


  • 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.

Find out more: Visit the Child Care Aware of Minnesota website for details

Contact: Please email teachmail@childcareawaremn.org 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 fastweb.com or finaid.org.

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