External Scholarships

In addition to scholarships available through the SCTCC Foundation, external organizations often have scholarships available for students.

Check with local businesses, organizations, and the energy co-op in your hometown. These may have scholarships available for local students, regardless of where the student attends school or the student's intended major.

Some employers provide educational benefits for employees and their dependents as well.

Finally, review these websites for other potential scholarship awards.

Each external scholarship has its own deadlines and application process. Be aware of these as you research and apply.

A little extra effort can yield great results to help pay for college.

Additional Scholarships


Scholarship Name Description Application Deadline
Penny Fellowship Available to college and university students for a chance to grow as public servants through participation in state or local government internships.  Awards are $2,500 for state and $5,000 for federal.  Assistance is provided in finding internships. November 1 and March 15
Penny Scholarship Available to college and university students who have commitment to community service and leadership.  Awards are (2) $1,500. November 1 and March 15
MSCSA Leadership Scholarship Available to undergraduate state college and university students who are dedicated to making a difference.  Award start at $650. November 1 and May 1
McCormick Leadership Scholarship Dedicated to the work of Chancellor Emeritus, James H. McCormick, and his wife Dr. Maryan G. McCormick, for college and university students.  Awards start at $1,000. November 1


Scholarship Name Description Application Deadline
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Available to female students. Varies
PlumbersStock Student Scholarship Contest PlumbersStock.com is pleased to offer a unique scholarship opportunity for those studying at colleges and trade schools to become plumbers, HVAC technicians or sprinkler and irrigation specialists (or other related fields, like construction management). March 31, 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship This scholarship for up to $5,000/year is available to students enrolled in a non-four year education or training program at accredited Minnesota post-secondary schools that focuses on obtaining an apprenticeship, certificate or associate's degree.  Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and other necessary expenses related to the particular program or training (e.g. tools, materials, cookware, etc.). April 1, 2016
Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association Scholarships The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association's Educational Opportunities Foundation awards scholarships in amounts ranging from $500- $1,000 to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field. April 15, 2016
“Celebrating the Veteran in My Life” Poetry Contest In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his fifth annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year's contest is "Celebrating the Veteran in My Life." April 19, 2016
Mark M. Welter "100% American" Award The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) is seeking applications from college and university students for the Mark M. Welter "100% American" Award. Five (5) $500 awards will be given to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students who best demonstrate a thorough understanding of "The 100% American" activity. For more information and for the scholarship application, click here. The application deadline is April 4 - all applications must be submitted online to ed@mscsa.org. April 4, 2016
Keller Resiliency Scholarship for Higher Education To help open the door to the world of higher education Keller Law Offices will be providing an annual $2000 scholarship to an exceptional student enrolled for the fall of 2016 who has demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity. The scholarship committee will base the judging criteria on the student’s academic performance and financial need, along with the quality of a written essay.

June 1, 2016

CouponChief.com Scholarship Program Every year, we will award one Coupon Chief Scholarship winner with $1,000 to put towards higher education. To be eligible, the creation of a 2-5 minute video is required. July 31, 2016
Enhanced Insurance Scholarship Program Essay Contest. $2,500 “What Insurance Means to Me”. A scholarship program to further the understanding of the insurance industry by posting the essays submitted. One $2,500 award for each 250 essays submitted. October 31, 2016
Allied Van Lines Scholarship 2016 Submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management or business is your college major of choice. A personalized tone, referencing sincere firsthand experience and sentiment, is best—no need to be too formal. We want to know why you truly believe in logistics as the best career path for you! December 1, 2016
Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree. Monthly
Business Women of Central Minnesota (BWCM) Scholarship

Female students who are in financial need, meeting the application’s criteria are welcomed to apply.  Our BWCM deadline: application completed and postmarked by October 31, 2016. A cover letter and application is attached to this email.  Please feel free to print off as many applications that are needed.  A copy of this letter and a couple applications have been mailed for your convenience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our BWCM Scholarship representative Anita Chisholm via email (achisholm@stcloud.gannett.com) or by phone at 320-360-0677.

October 31, 2016
HomeInsurance.com Scholarship HomeInsurance.com, an independent insurance agency that operates the Quotes.Safeco.com site, will award a college scholarship worth $1,500 to an eligible college student. October 30, 2016



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