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Scholarship Information

General Information

Apply for: 2018 Academic Year (both fall and spring semesters)
Application Available: Monday, March 26, 2018
Application Deadline: Friday, May 4th, 2018, 11:59 pm
Notification of Award: Late July 2018

Application Information

NHCC offers scholarships based on a variety of eligibility requirements. See the scholarship list below for more detail. Please note that all scholarships listed may not be awarded every year. Most award amounts range from $500 to $1,000.

Fill out one online application for all NHCC scholarships during the open application period. Your application will be considered for any scholarship where you meet the requirements. Some scholarships require additional submissions. If you qualify for one of these, a prompt will appear within the application telling you what additional items you may need to submit (i.e. additional essay, transcript, letter of recommendation, letter of support, etc.). All of the additional items are also due by the scholarship deadline, so apply early!

  • Minimum Requirements

    All NHCC scholarships require students to meet minimum academic progress standards at the time the award is made. Academic progress includes:

    • Required minimum cumulative Completion Rate is 67%.
    • Required minimum cumulative GPA is 2.00 (out of a 4.00 standard); some scholarships require a GPA higher than 2.00.

    In addition, scholarship recipients are required to meet a minimum enrollment of six (6) credit in each semester their scholarship is awarded.

  • Definitions

    Financial Need

    Financial need is evaluated based on income information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Freshman/Sophomore

    A freshman student has earned 0-30 credits at NHCC or in transfer. A sophomore student has earned 31 or more credits at NHCC or in transfer.

  • Essay Scoring

    There are four (4) essay questions required to fulfill the application. Each of the four essay are scored up to a maximum of 15 points each by individual readers. The reader scores for each essay are then averaged. Scholarship readers consider the following:

    • Essay addresses the question/theme.
    • Essay is generally free of grammatical errors, etc.
    • Essay is strong, credible, compelling, provides a good picture of the student’s situation or need, etc.

    The 15 point essay score guidelines generally are:

    • 12-15 points: exceptional achievement, effort, potential, etc.
    • 8-11 points: above average achievement, effort, potential, etc.
    • 4-7 points: average achievement, effort, potential, etc.
    • 0-3 points: below average achievement, effort, potential, etc.

    Essay Questions (to be completed within your application form):

    1. Describe your interest in your NHCC major/program and how it relates to your future goals.
    2. Describe any life experiences that have influenced your personal growth.
    3. Describe your involvement in activities or in service to others.
    4. Describe what makes you deserving of an NHCC Foundation Scholarship.

Disbursement Information

With few exceptions, all scholarships are awarded for the academic year, and split equally for confirmed enrollment in fall and spring semesters. At a minimum, you must register for the required number of credits identified in your scholarship. Awards for enrollment at NHCC are disbursed at the same time as all other aid. Transfer scholarships are disbursed to the transfer institution after the awarded student has submitted registration confirmation to the NHCC Foundation.

If you have additional questions on NHCC Scholarship opportunities, call the Foundation at 763-424-0815.

ScholarshipProgram / MajorCredits RequiredMinimum GPANew or Returning
Scholarship
Alan LePage Second Chance Scholarship

Description / Criteria

For students who have struggled to overcome alcohol or drug abuse and are ready to make a positive change in their lives by pursuing higher education. The scholarship may be awarded to students who have been impacted by addiction of a family member. Also required by deadline:

Essay requirement: Describe the impact alcohol or chemical abuse has had on your life and how receiving a scholarship will help you reach your goals. (this is in the on-line NHCC application where you check the box to apply for this scholarship), and write the essay there.
Letter of recommendation requirement: Provide two letters of support from persons who are either involved in  your recovery or can  address your commitment and potential for making a positive change in your life. Letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Foundation Office at Foundation@nhcc.edu.

Any / General 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Buffalo Rotary Career Change Grant

Description / Criteria

For students of Wright county.
 
Must be undergoing a career change.
 
Must demonstrate financial need. 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Business Computer Systems Scholarship

Description / Criteria


For students majoring in Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Marketing, or other related field.
 
Must have at least 6 credits earned in business or computer science. 

Accounting Business / Business Management Computer Science Marketing 12 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Business Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Accounting, Business,  Computer Science, Marketing, or other related field.
Accounting Business / Business Management Computer Science Construction Management 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Charles (Chuck) Long Physical Science Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Engineering, Science, or other related field.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.
 
Must have at least 3 credits earned in science.

Established in memory of Charles Long, former NHCC Science Faculty (1971 to 1995). 

 

 
Engineering Science 12 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Charlotte Howe and Keith L. Nordby Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the program by the end of the current term.
 
Established in memory of Charlotte Nordby who along with her husband, Keith created the Nordby Lectureship at NHCC.
Health Professions Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Christopher Hakel Scholarship

Description / Criteria

This scholarship provides a TRIO student support to ensure their success. A paragraph (250 words) is  required describing the impact the TRIO program has had on the applicant's education and the role the TRIO played in helping overcome obstacles in order to accomplish their educational goals.

Chris Hakel attended North Hennepin Community College and was a dedicated TRIO student who experienced firsthand how TRIO impacts lives

Any / General Trio students 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
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Chuck And Mary Jane Thompson Health Career Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the program by the end of the current term.

Established in honor of Mary Jane and Chuck Thompson.
Health Professions Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Don Davis Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or other related field.

Established in honor of Don Davis, former NHCC Law Enforcement faculty . 
Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Dr. Barbara J. Johnston Scholarship for Re-Entry Women

Description / Criteria








For current NHCC female students at least 28 years of age or older who have  entered college after a period of absence.
Must be US citizens. 


Must have earned a minimum of 16 credits at NHCC (1000-level coursework and above) and enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits for the upcoming semester. Minimum GPA of 2.5 required.
Must provide two letters of support (one from NHCC faculty), an official transcript,  and answer additional essay questions. Letters of recommendation and essay answers should be submitted to the foundation office at Foundation@nhcc.edu.

Established in honor of Dr. Barbara J. Johnston, former NHCC Sociology faculty. 

Any / General9 or more credits2.50Returning students only
Scholarship
Edinburgh Pro-Am USA Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students undergoing challenging life circumstances.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.

Established by Edinburgh Pro Am. 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Albert D. Law Endowed Scholarship

Description / Criteria


For students majoring in Nursing or other health professions. 
Must be a veteran or a sibling of a veteran. 
 
Must demonstrate financial need.
 
Must have a minimum of 8 credits earned in life sciences (biology, anatomy physiology, etc.).
 
Established in memory of Albert D. Law by Don Levens and family.

Biology Health Professions Medical Lab Technology Nursing Science 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Eldon A. and June E. Tessman Nursing Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the program by the end of the current term.
 
Established by Eldon A. and June E. Tessman in memory of Eldon’s mother, Esther J. Tessman, former Dakota County Public Health Nurse.
Health Professions Medical Lab Technology Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Evelyn Schmidt Scholarship

Description / Criteria








For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession.  


Established in memory of Evelyn Schmidt, former NHCC Foundation Board member. 

Health Professions Nursing 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Exercise Science Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Physical Education.
 
Must be involved in service to others and the surrounding community.
 
Must have at least 12 credits earned in Health and/or Phy Ed.
Physical Education 6 + credits2.50Returning students only
Scholarship
Frances C. Gillen Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria

​For Paralegal students in their second semester, 26 years of age and older, may be full or part-time students, but have 6+ credits.

Paralegal 6 + credits3.00Returning students, 6+ credits
Scholarship
Graduating Student Nurses Association Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For current year NHCC Nursing graduates pursuing a four-year degree.
 
Must be affiliated with the NHCC Student Nurses Association.
 
Established by the Nursing Department and the Student Nurses Association.

 
Nursing 6 + credits2.00Graduating students
Scholarship
Hennepin County Nurses Association Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the  program by the end of the current term.
 
Established by the Hennepin County Nurses Association.
Health Professions Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
High School Graduate Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For current year high school student.
Any / General12 + credits2.00New students only
Scholarship
Idelia Loso Community Service Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students involved in service to others and their community (civic, charitable, cultural, political, or religious).
 
Essay requirement: Describe your involvement in service to others and your community. 
 
Established in  memory of Idelia T. Loso, NHCC's first Dean of Instruction.
Any / General12 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
International Student Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For international (F-1) students or students otherwise born outside of the US. 
Any / General12 + credits2.50Returning students only
Scholarship
Janice Hancock Nursing Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria

Must be students enrolled at NHCC in their second year, adult learner and a full time student.

 

Established in Memory of Janice Hancock, Nursing Instructor at NHCC.
Nursing 6 + credits2.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Barbara K. Mantini Phi Theta Kappa

Description / Criteria

Must be a member in good standing of Phi Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and
 submit additional essay referencing community service. two letters of recommendation, a transcript. Requries a minimum 3.5 GPA
 
Any / General6 + credits3.50graduating or transferring students
Scholarship
JoAnn Jones Scholarship

Description / Criteria








For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession.  


Established by JoAnn Jones, NHCC Alumnus. 

Health Professions Nursing 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
John Diedrich Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in any field.
 
Must be a veteran (or a child or spouse of a veteran). 

Established by Mary Diedrich in memory of John Diedrich. 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
John F. Helling Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For current year AFA, AA, AS, or AAS graduating students who have not yet completed more than one term in a Bachelor's degree program.
 
Established in honor of Dr. John F. Helling, former NHCC President (1967 to 1990).
Any / General6 + credits2.00Graduating students
Scholarship
Joseph Gazzuolo Scholarship

Description / Criteria








For students majoring in Art or Graphic Design.
 
Portfolio requirement: Submit your portfolio (10-15 examples of work). 

Art Graphic Design 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Joseph Iten Business Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Marketing, or other related field.
 
Must have at least 6 credits earned in business.

Established in memory of Joseph Iten.                  

                                                                 
Accounting Business / Business Management Computer Science Construction Management Engineering Marketing 12 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Joyce Savage Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in any field. 
 
Must demonstrate financial need. 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
June E. Tessman & Larry D. Finch Endowed Scholarship

Description / Criteria

Must be students enrolled at NHCC and priority for recipients shall be returning students and part-time students.

 

Established in Memory of June E. Tessman and Larry D. Finch by Eldon and Addie Finch Tessman
Any / General6 + credits2.50Returning students only
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June E. Tessman Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria

Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Kopp Access Scholarship

Description / Criteria


The Kopp Family Foundation generously supports higher education for community college students who demonstrate excellence.
 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Kristin Sandeen Scholarship

Description / Criteria

For NHCC students in any major, established in memory of Kristin Sandeen.

 

Must have earned 31 or more credits.

 
Any / General6 + credits2.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Biology Scholarship

Description / Criteria

For students majoring in Biology.   
 Must have at least 8 credits earned in biology.  
 Established by the NHCC Biology Department.
Biology 12 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Liberal Arts Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Liberal Arts.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.  
Liberal Arts 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Luther Toyota Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students undergoing challenging life circumstances.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.

Established by Luther Toyota  
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Marie Zieminski Art, Music & Theatre Scholarship

Description / Criteria

​This scholarship was established in memory of Marie Zieminski by her family and friends in honor of her love of the arts.

Any / General Art Theatre / Film Music 6 + credits2.50New or returning students
Scholarship
Math Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Math. 
 
Must have at least 6 credits earned-college-level math (math 1150 or higher).
Math 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Medical Lab Technician Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in or graduating from the MLT Program. (Preference given to graduates). 
 
Must be an active member of ASCLS or ASCP. 
 
Essay requirement. Describe your involvement in ASCLS or ASCP and CEUs. 
Medical Lab Technology 6 + credits3.00New, returning or graduating students
Scholarship
Merle Warnest, LPN Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the program by the end of the current term. 
Health Professions Medical Lab Technology Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Miriam Hazzard Nursing Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the program by the end of the current term.
 
Established in honor of Miriam Hazzard, former NHCC Nursing Department Member. 
Health Professions Medical Lab Technology Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Neil F. Sands Chemistry Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Chemistry.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.

Established in memory of Neil F. Sands, founding member of NHCC Chemistry Faculty.
Chemistry 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
New Student Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students undergoing challenging life circumstances. Renewable for a second year if a 2.0 GPA is maintained.
 
Must demonstrate financial need. 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New students only
Scholarship
Nursing Scholarship

Description / Criteria
 
 

Nursing 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Bob Hewitt Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria

​The scholarship is established in memory of Bob Hewitt who taught Math at NHCC. It is intended to fund students studying Math or Math related fields.

Math or Math related field 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Osseo Lions Career Change Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For residents of  Osseo.
 
Must be undergoing a career change.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.

Established by the Osseo Lions Club.
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Paralegal Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Paralegal. 
Paralegal 6 + credits2.50Returning students only
Scholarship
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For international (F-1) students or students otherwise born outside of the US.
 
Established in memory of Paul and Sheila Wellstone.
Any / General12 + credits2.50New or returning students
Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa/Bookstore Text Book Scholarship

Description / Criteria








For students majoring in any field.
 
At least one scholarship is awarded to a PTK member and at least one scholarship is awarded to a non-PTK member. 
 
Established by Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Xi Chapter, and the NHCC Bookstore and will fund 50% of required textbook costs up to a maximum award.

Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Rose Hancock Health Professions Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or other health profession and accepted into the program by the end of the current term.
Health Professions Medical Lab Technology Nursing 6 + credits3.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Sandvick Baccalaureate Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For current year NHCC graduates pursuing a four-year degree.
 
Essay requirement: Describe how your experience at NHCC has changed your outlook on a subject or problem. Include your academic achievements, your view of the value of higher education, your concern for the future beyond oneself.
 
Letter of Recommendation requirement: Provide two letters of recommendation from NHCC faculty. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted to the Foundation Office at Foundation@nhcc.edu

Jerry Sandvick, NHCC History Professor Emeritus, Department Chair, Liberal Arts Dean and Lynda Lund Sandvick, a graduate of NHCC, support the Baccalaureate Scholarship. It was originally established to recognize the late Elizabeth Guiney Sandvick, a founding member of the College's English Department.
Any / General6 + credits3.00Graduating students
Scholarship
Service Learning Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in any field.

Must be able to demonstrate at least 20 service/volunteer hours by the end of the current term.
Any / General12 + credits2.50New or returning students
Scholarship
Sharon Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For female students 25 years of age or older.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.

Established in memory of Sharon A. Johnson, former NHCC Staff (1977 to 1990).  
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Shirley Graczyk Accounting Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Accounting.
 
Must have at least 6 credits earned in accounting or business.  
Accounting 6 + credits3.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Student Support Services Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students enrolled in the NHCC Student Support Service Program who demonstrate the attitude and degree of commitment necessary for academic success. 
 
Must demonstrate financial need. 
Any / General12 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Bradtke/Waller Scholarship

Description / Criteria

For students majoring in Math.
 
Must have at least 6 credits earned in college level math (MATH 1150 or higher). 
Any / General 12 + credits3.25Returning students only
Scholarship
T. Christ Staael Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students who demonstrate service to others and the surrounding community through involvement in civic, charitable, cultural, or political arenas or through contributions of artistry and innovation.
Any / General12 + credits3.00New or returning students
Scholarship
The Howard and Sonja Olson Endowed Scholarship

Description / Criteria

This scholarship is to provide for returning NHCC students who demonstrate a financial need and is open for any NHCC major or program.

 

Established by Howard & Sonja Olson
Any / General6 + credits2.00Returning students only
Scholarship
Vicky & John Lettmann Endowed Scholarship

Description / Criteria

​This scholarship will be awarded to a nontraditional student enrolled at NHCC, with an interest in Creative Writing. In addition to the application the following documents must be submitted with the application. (Must be in to the Foundation by the scholarship application close date):

A paragraph (250 words) explaining why creative writing is an important part of the applicant's academic goals.

A short piece (500 words) of fiction or nonfiction (exerpt from a longer piece) or three poems that the application has submitted to the NHCC literary/arts magazing, Under Construction. If prose. please clearly label the genre of the work submitted.

Liberal Arts Creative Writing 6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
West Suburban Industrial Supply Nursing Scholarship

Description / Criteria







For students majoring in Nursing or Health Care program or taking general education requirements to enter either program. 

Established by Craig and Sandi Annis.                         
            
Health Professions Nursing 6 + credits3.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Brooklyn Park Rotary High School Scholarship

Description / Criteria

For current year high school graduates of Brooklyn Park, Champlin Park, or Osseo high school.
 
Must demonstrate financial need.
 
Established by the Brooklyn Park Rotary Club and Foundation. 
Any / General12 + credits2.00New students only
Scholarship
Buffalo Lions Career Change Grant

Description / Criteria

For students of Wright county.
 
Must be undergoing a career change. 
 
Must demonstrate financial need.

Established by the Buffalo Lions Club.
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students
Scholarship
Buffalo Program Scholarship

Description / Criteria

For students of Wright, Sherburne, or Meeker counties who are 25 years of age or older.
 
Must enroll in NHCC classes  at the Buffalo location.

Established by the Buffalo Lions Club. 
Any / General6 + credits2.00New or returning students