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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.

EMPOWER Scholarships are open to ethnically diverse students for attendance at an institution of higher learning.

Deadline: Applications are accepted Jan 1 – April 15.

How to apply: Visit the Allina Health website for details

Contact: Call 612-775-2728

At LeadMN, we know that paying for college can cause a lot of worry for students, so to help lessen the burden we offer six different scholarships. With the support of individuals from all around Minnesota, LeadMN gives out about $10,000 a year.

Scholarships are awarded to a various number of individuals and are based on a number of criteria.

Please read the directions for each of the 7 scholarships very carefully. If you do not have all materials required listed in the directions for your application, your submitted application will be disqualified.

How to apply: Visit the LeadMN.org website for details.

Contact: Joyce Petsch

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 $475,000 in scholarships to low-income, high-achieving students. View the complete list of MCTC Foundation Scholarships.

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.

Deadline: Check back for the next deadline

How to apply: Download the Spring 2018 S-STEM application

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

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

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

Contact: Visit the Vocational Rehabilitation Program for details

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities

How to apply: Visit the Wells Fargo website for details

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.

How to apply: 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.

How to apply: 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.

Power of YOU

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.

How to apply: Visit the American Indian Success Program page

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.

How to apply: Visit the Child Care Aware of Minnesota website for details

Contact: 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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