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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.

AGC of Minnesota has a proud tradition of providing scholarships to outstanding students. To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited construction-related, post-secondary program (preference will be given to juniors and seniors enrolled in a Minnesota school).

Deadline: May 26, 2017

How to apply: Download the scholarship application

Contact: Email Merry Beckmann or call 651-796-2187

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

Deadline: April 30, 2017

How to apply: Visit the Allina Health website for details

Contact: Call 612-775-2728

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.

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

How to apply: Visit the MSCSA website for details

Contact: Call or email Amy McCarthy

An award given to a 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.

How to apply: 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.

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

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.

Deadline: Postmarked by May 26, 2017

How to apply: Download the Fall 2017 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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