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Scholarships at North Dakota State University

There are 3 scholarships available at North Dakota State University.

Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship

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Eligibility requirements

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships if you have earned a cumulative GPA (grade-point average) of 2.5/4.0 or equivalent in your previous academic study. You must be admitted to NDSU by the application for admission deadline to be considered for these scholarships. Please note, minimum qualifications do not automatically qualify students for scholarships as the applicant pool varies from year to year and some awards may require a higher GPA.

All undergraduate international students who qualify for admission to North Dakota State University, hold F-1 student status, and continue on a semester basis to uphold the necessary academic and cultural sharing requirements are eligible to apply for this scholarship. However, applicants who are Manitoba/Saskatchewan residents are not eligible for this scholarship as they already receive a reduced tuition rate. 

Given the nature of the scholarship, recipients are expected to share their cultures with U.S. students, faculty, staff and members of the community in activities that are both academically and culturally beneficial. This will enable people to increase their knowledge of the cultures and countries where the scholarship recipients come from and gain a better sense of the global society.  In turn, the recipients gain a better understanding of themselves and of American culture.

Application details

NDSU international student scholarships are available both fall and spring semesters to undergraduate students who hold (or will hold) F-1 student status. The application deadline is May 1 or October 1 for students applying from outside the U.S. and August 1 or December 1 for students currently applying from a school inside the U.S. Some departmental/college awards have different deadlines and/or application forms.

Value details

The ability to pay at 50% of the non-resident base tuition rate, currently a savings of about USD $9,028

Application deadline

Expected October 2020

Junior-Senior Scholarship

Study level


Eligibility requirements

A student must be in F-1 student status and be authorized by the U.S. Immigration Service to attend NDSU

A student must be pursing an undergraduate degree

A student must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits each semester at NDSU since initial enrollment unless an international student adviser approved a lesser load

A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at NDSU

 Student must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Students must be classified as a junior by the end of Spring Semester 2016 (will have earned 60 credits) -and-
  • Have attended NDSU for a minimum of two semesters
  • Have not received the junior senior scholarship twice previously

Preference will be given to students who have attended NDSU for at least four semesters and have never received the award.

A limited number of full, Base Tuition scholarships for currently enrolled undergraduate international students are available at North Dakota State University.  Awards will waive tuition for the academic year, and decisions will be announced within one month of the deadline. The Junior-Senior award waives up to 100% of the Base Tuition non-resident rate.  This award applies to Non-Resident Tuition rates and only current NDSU international students in their junior or senior (third or fourth) year are eligible to apply.

Junior Senior Scholarships will be primarily awarded on the basis of academic achievement and leadership contributions. Other factors, which will be considered, are active involvement in campus activities and additional information provided in the application.

Application details

Interested students should submit the following:

1. Completed Online Application including:

Questionnaire with essay questions

Activity & Leadership Role list

2. A minimum of two letters of recommendation. The letters should be from someone affiliated with NDSU (a professor, advisor, student organization leader, etc.) who is familiar with your achievements and observed your abilities. These should be submitted no later than the application deadline.

You have the option to upload the letters of recommendation in the online application or turn in the letters of recommendation to the ISSAS office (Memorial Union 116). Please note, for security purposes, uploading letters of recommendation is preferred.

A university committee will select awardees.  Awardees will be notified of the decision within three weeks from the deadline.

Value details

100% tuition award

Lorraine Murphy Global Diversity Scholarship

Study level


Eligibility requirements

The Lorraine Murphy Endowed International Fund supports and enhances internationalization at NDSU by providing funding in the form of scholarships for NDSU international students, and international travel and research awards for NDSU faculty. The awards are administered at the discretion of the Office of Admission.

This scholarship acknowledges international students who are committed to global diversity and intercultural awareness. A limited number of one-time scholarship awards are available each academic year.

The Office of Admission reviews all complete scholarship applications for eligibility and awards are given based on the strength of each applicant's essay responses and scholarship funds available.

Value of scholarship

3,67,152 total value

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