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, 2017
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.). October 1, 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
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. August 15, 2017
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
Best Reviews Hunt - Internet Marketing Scholarship

We have created the Best Reviews Hunt Internet Marketing Scholarship for High School, Undergraduate or Postgraduate students with the passion of “Internet Marketing” to receive a $1,000 award. Those students who are currently studying in the areas of Marketing, Business, Information Technology, Computer Science, Programming or Communications may be extremely interested in this scholarship program. One does not require any expertise in this area. Passion for internet marketing content creation is enough.

November 30, 2016
ReviewVote Internet Marketing Scholarship

ReviewVote Internet Marketing Scholarship is aimed at promoting internet marketing awareness and giving back to the community, targeting both post graduate and undergraduate students from various universities and colleges in different countries. This Scholarship is open for students who are currently studying in areas of; Marketing, Business, Communication, IT.

February 28, 2017
Affinity Plus Foundation Scholarship The Affinity Plus Foundation Scholarship Program supports the pursuit of a better quality of life through continuing education. We are proud to offer eight $5,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018  school year to incoming freshmen, upperclassmen, nontraditional and graduate student members of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. January 31, 2017

The Hammock Expert Scholarship Program

At The Hammock Expert we recognize that the investment in knowledge pays the best interest for the future. That is why we are excited to announce the creation of an annual college / technical school scholarship for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Each year we will award up to $6,000 in scholarships, in $1,500 increments, to deserving students that are looking to be successful in life.

January 31, 2017
Reviews-Guide Digital Entrepreneurship Scholarship We value education and we are glad to launch this scholarship opportunity for the year 2016-2017 to enable the student showcase their creativity and passion for digital entrepreneurship. A $500 scholarship for students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, college and high school students. The student should be pursuing a degree in either Business/ Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Communication, Information Technology or other Computer Science Related Fields. June 30, 2017

Hiking Ambition Wellness Scholarship


At Hiking Ambition our goal is to make hiking and any outdoor adventure easier and more accessible for everyone interested in learning and exploring the wilderness. We have created the Hiking Ambition Wellness Scholarship for high school, undergraduate or postgraduate students who are committed to a lifetime of healthy habits to receive a $1,000 award.

March 31, 2017




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