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Financing your education is seldom easy, but our Financial Aid Office has the tools, resources and know-how to help you find your best opportunities for financial assistance. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service to make sure you achieve your academic and career goals.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

As a service to students, the college posts scholarship opportunities from organizations not affiliated with the College. We refer to these as Outside Scholarships. Please keep in mind these scholarship opportunities have NOT been researched or vetted by the college. We are simply passing along information and the college in no way endorses the organizations offering these scholarships.

We also want students to be aware of the following important tips when applying for scholarships from organizations outside the college:

  • Create a new free email address solely for submitting scholarship applications.
    • Many of the scholarships are offered by companies that want to promote their goods, or services to you. They do award the scholarships, so the opportunity is valid, but they are interested in getting your contact information for marketing activities. Having a separate email account will prevent your primary email box from filling up.
  • Never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship.
    • No legitimate scholarship program will ever charge a fee. If the organization wants you to pay a fee to apply, walk away.
  • An essay may be required and you want to make certain this is a good piece of writing.
    • Have a trusted person review your essay and provide feedback. The good news is that if you have a solid essay, you can use this as a core document and edit it to fit specific application requirement.
  • Numbers matter.
    • Scholarship opportunities are a numbers game. The more applications you submit, the greater chance you have of being awarded a scholarship. If you develop an organized packet of standard information, you will make the process relatively easy and be able to submit multiple applications. If it takes you 15 minutes to apply and you receive a $250 scholarship, you will have been paid $1000 per hour!

If you have questions about Outside Scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid Help Desk at 651-450-3495, or We will do our best to answer your questions and provide financial aid information needed for the application We wish you the best of luck in your scholarship search.

Outside Scholarship Listings

City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM) Scholarship - Deadline April 30, 2021

The CEAM scholarship committee will provide two $2,500 scholarships in 2021. We prefer to consider only candidates that have not received a scholarship in the past to allow us to expand the reach of our program to more students. We ask that students apply whose focus is in areas that are most closely aligned with city engineering (drafting, transportation, water resources and environmental - sanitary and water systems).

Please send applications directly to John Sachi at WSB, via email to (preferred) or 178 East 9th Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101.

Download the Scholarship Application

CodeWizardsHQ Educational Scholarship ($2,500) - Deadline May 1, 2021

KF&B Scholarship ($1,000) - Deadline May 1, 2021

Minnesota Technology Foundation STEM Scholarships - Deadline May 15, 2021

The Minnesota Technology Foundation (MnTech) is now accepting scholarship applications from Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MnTech member companies. The Minnesota Technology Foundation supports diversity in this application and award process.

MnTech also has Named Scholarships in specific areas supported by its sponsors. In the past, scholarships have been given in Computer Science, STEM Education, Data Science, Women in STEM, Underrepresented Populations in STEM and Women in Computer Science.

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
  • Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
  • Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2021 and presented to recipients at Minnesota Technology Association Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.
  • In addition to traditional STEM fields, health science majors whose studies will NOT lead to participation in direct patient care are welcome to apply.
  • The scholarship is open to international students, but preference is given to students who intend to work in Minnesota after graduation.
  • Past scholarship winners are eligible to re-apply as long as they meet the rest of the requirements listed here.

The application form and more detailed information can be found at

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship - Deadline May 15, 2021

Last year more than 200 students nationwide were awarded Nordson BUILDS Scholarships which range from $2,000 to $10,000. Plus, scholarship recipients get exclusive primary access to internship opportunities and employment opportunities after graduation.

  • These scholarships are targeted at students who live or attend school near a Nordson facility. Your campus is near one of these facilities; therefore, your students may be eligible to apply.
  • Eligible majors include Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, and Software), Engineering Technology, Machining, Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain Management, Business, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Industrial Management, Information Technology, Biomedical, and engineering-related STEM majors leading to a career in the manufacturing industry and corporate America.
  • Eligible students seeking bachelor’s degrees must have at least 3.0 cumulative GPA. Associate’s degree and certificate seeking students must have at least 2.7 cumulative GPA.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in accredited not-for-profit postsecondary institutions.
  • Scholarship recipients will be chosen by a selection committee based on an overall assessment of academic promise, character, leadership, work ethic, community service, school involvement, and the applicant's career/college major fit.

AGCMN Scholarship - Deadline May 21, 2021

AGC of Minnesota has a strong tradition of providing scholarships to outstanding students studying for careers in the construction industry. AGC has two scholarship categories:

  • AGC Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution in a construction field.
  • The Charles S. McCrossan Scholarship will be awarded to a Minnesota resident majoring in a construction career with an emphasis on civil engineering and/or road/bridge construction management.

Your completed application and supporting documents must reach the AGC office no later than Friday, May 21, 2021.

Mary Jane Young Scholarship - Deadline May 26, 2021

St. Catherine University is now accepting applications for the Mary Jane Young Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship was established to provide an educational opportunity for undergraduate transfer student parents.

The application materials are available at Please feel free to contact Jewely Lee at 651-690-6783 or if you have questions.

Minnesota Builders Exchange (MBEX) - Deadline May 31, 2021

With the help of our donating partner, The Builders Group Education Foundation (TBG), the Minnesota Builders Exchange (MBEX) will award multiple scholarships, totaling up to $30,000, with a top award amount of up to $5,000, to qualifying students. Applicant for scholarship must be currently enrolled in an accredited construction-related, post-secondary program in the surrounding five-state area. Applicant must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent. I f you meet these requirements, submit this completed application with all noted enclosures, postmarked by May 31, 2021, to the above address or email to All applicants will be notified of results by July 1, 2021.

Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship - Deadline June 1, 2021

Scholarships ranging from up to $1200 for part-time and up to $2500 for full-time are given each year to students enrolled in community or technical college, along with undergraduate and graduate programs. Students are eligible for consideration for up to two years for a community or technical college program, up to four years of undergraduate work at a university (including two years in a community or technical college), and up to two years of graduate work.


School Affiliation: The applicant must be currently enrolled in or accepted into a program at a Minnesota State institution.

Union Affiliation: The applicant must be a union member or the child, grandchild or spouse of a union member.

Ethnicity: The applicant must be a racial/ethnic group member. "Racial/ethnic group member" is defined by the Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion (and for this scholarship) to include Black/African American, Chicano/a or Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Native American/Alaskan Native.

Academic Standards: The applicant must meet the academic and admission standards of the institution he/she is attending. Applicants must have at least a 2.0 grade point average for undergraduate students and a 3.0 grade point average for graduate students to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Credits Required: Full-time status for undergraduate students is twelve (12) credits or more and graduate students are six (6) credits or more. Part-time status for undergraduate students is 6-11 credits.

Awards: Part-time scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $1,200 and Full-time scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $2500.

Application Instructions & Application Form:

LECET Scholarship Program Announced - Deadline June 30, 2021

Minnesota Laborers Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET), affiliated with LIUNA MN & ND has announced their 2021 LECET Scholarship / Leadership Grant program. Up to $1,000 is available per awarded candidates per program year. Since 2007, this program has awarded $60,000 in financial assistance to eligible individuals.

The two programs are:

  • Academic Scholarship Program: For candidates currently enrolled in a higher education program or institution with a declared major in a construction related program. Eligible candidates include: Signatory Union Contractor staff / intern representatives and current Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Union members and/or their eligible dependents.
    To verify if you qualify due to your relationship to LIUNA or employment by a signatory Union Contractor with the Laborers District Council of MN & ND, you may contact Minnesota LECET.
  • Leadership Grant Program: For current LIUNA members only who are seeking to further advance in the construction industry through specialized training, higher educational programs or certifications not currently offered through the Laborers Training Center Program of Minnesota and North Dakota (2350 Main Street, Lino Lakes MN).
    Note: Signatory Union Contractors are listed here:

For Information: | (651)429-1600 |

Download the Scholarship Application

The Carol E Macpherson Scholarship - Deadline July 20, 2021

The Carol E Macpherson Scholarship is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due July 20, 2021. This scholarship, founded in 1975, is given to promising women-identified students, undergraduate or graduate, returning from a 5-year or more cumulative break from college/postsecondary education, who are admitted to or enrolled in a higher education degree-granting program at a Minnesota college or university, and have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is now accepting applications for full and half-time enrollment status. Those awarded the scholarship can expect to receive a $1 - 6K scholarship. Apply at

AbbVie / UNCF - Healthcare Workforce Program - Academic year 2020-2021

Up to $5,000 one-year renewable scholarship and internship opportunity for students enrolled in Healthcare related two-year degree or certificate programs.

This comprehensive HBCU healthcare professions program, supported by founding partner AbbVie Foundation, will address barriers to advancement in healthcare professions for African Americans. Scholarships, academic and career support services will be provided to students each year of pursuing certificates or two-year degree programs.

Questions? Email:

LeadMN Scholarships - Multiple Deadlines

Hire A Helper Scholarships ($2,000) - Multiple Deadlines

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