Ralph Engelstad Underrepresented Scholarship

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be a first-time, full-time freshman at UND for the upcoming Fall semester.
  • Have a 3.0 minimum high school GPA.
  • Be TRIO-eligible (first generation college student and/or low-income as defined by TRIO eligibility guidelines).
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for upcoming academic year that opened October 1st. You can apply online at fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Have a declared major: business, economics, engineering, computer technology & related studies, accounting, medicine, nursing, mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology (can be awarded to undeclared students if they have a strong interest in one of the major areas listed).
  • Preference given to historically under-represented students (American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American).

Selection Criteria

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Achievement
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Leadership Ability

Amount and Duration of Award

  • The amount of the award will be determined by the number of eligible applicants, up to $5,000 per year.
  • The award is renewable. A student may receive a maximum of eight semesters of funding for undergraduate work leading to a first bachelor’s degree.

Renewal Criteria

  • Student must meet with a TRIO professional staff member at least twice each semester and academic advisor at least once each semester
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Maintain or declare (for undeclared recipients) a major in one of the selected areas indicated in the award criteria

Office of Student Finance
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be considered for this scholarship, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file by the scholarship deadline. Have you completed the FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year?
  2. Indicate what level of education has been completed by each parent.
    • 1. Parent #1
    • 2. Parent #2
  3. Essay Question: Please describe your educational and career goals, and how your leadership experiences will help you reach those goals. (500 words or less)
  4. Please fill in the names and email addresses of 2 people who are familiar with your extra-curricular and leadership activities that can recommend you for this scholarship. Their submissions will be confidential.
    • Recommender 1
    • Recommender 2
  5. Have you applied for admission to UND and submitted all required documents to the UND Admissions Office, including high school and college (dual credit) transcripts?
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