Diploma and Scholarship Information

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North Dakota resident students may apply for either the North Dakota Academic or Career and Technical Education Scholarship. The amount of each scholarship is $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Students may be eligible for up to $6,000 within six academic school years (do not have to be consecutive years) after graduation from high school. Scholarships are automatically renewed provided the student is enrolled full time, maintains a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, and makes adequate progress towards degree completion, as defined by NDCC 15.1-21-2.6.

Applications are submitted online from January 6 through June 5, 2020. Application deadline will be June 5. High school graduates will be notified of their eligibility for either scholarship by June 30. No late applications will be accepted.

A student may use either the North Dakota Academic Scholarship or the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship at the following North Dakota institutions:

State Universities Private Colleges Two-Year Colleges
Dickinson State University Rasmussen College Bismarck State College
Mayville State College Trinity Bible College Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Minot State University University of Jamestown Dakota College at Bottineau
North Dakota State University University of Mary Lake Region State College
University of North Dakota   North Dakota State College of Science
Valley City State University   Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
    Sitting Bull College
    Turtle Mt. Community College
    United Tribes Technical College
    Williston State College

Test Date for Seniors

Seniors applying for the scholarship may take either the ACT or the WorkKeys written assessments after the March testing date. Seniors should contact a counselor or principal at their high school for information as to where and when these assessments will be administered. Any ACT official test results taken later than the March testing date must be sent by the student to the ND Department of Public Instruction. WorkKeys online tests may be taken right up until the June 5 deadline as the results are immediate. Those official results must be sent to the ND Department of Public Instruction by the student. All testing must take place before the student graduates from high school.

Test Date for Juniors

Juniors will test in their respective high schools or a designated testing site between March 3-24, 2020. The ACT test administered online will be Tuesday through Thursday the weeks of March 2 and 9. If a junior does not score a 24 or higher on the ACT or obtain a score of at least “5” on each of the 3 designated WorkKeys assessments, the student may retake the test to attain a higher score.

The testing coordinator may request accommodations for students taking the ACT test for approval from ACT. Deadline for ACT to receive requests for accommodations is January 17, 2020. Accommodations for WorkKeys will be determined by the school based on the individual student's IEP or 504 Plan.

Note: Any ACT official test results taken later than the March testing date, must be sent to NDDPI by the student.

Information about the ACT and the WorkKeys may be found online. Please contact your high school counselor or look on the NDDPI website for more information on the assessments.

National ACT Test Dates for 2019-2020 are as follows: 

ACT Test Taken Online
 
Tuesday through Thursday the weeks of March 2 and 9, 2020
ACT and ACT WorkKeys Test taken on Paper Initial Test Date: March 3, 2020
Makeup Test Date: March 24, 2020
Emergency Test Date: April 7, 2020
Accommodations Testing Window: March 3-6 and March 9-13, 2020

High School Graduation Requirements–(One Unit = One Full Credit)

  • 4 units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech;
  • 3 units of mathematics, which may include one unit of computer science approved by the superintendent of public instruction;
  • 3 units of science, consisting of:
    • 1 unit of biology and
    • 1 unit of chemistry and 1 unit of physics; OR
    • 1 unit of physical science and 1 unit (or 2 half-units) of any other science;
  • 3 units of social studies, including:
    • 1 unit of US history;
    • ½ unit of US government and ½ unit of economics; OR
    • 1 unit of problems of democracy; AND
    • 1 unit (or 2 half-units) of any other social studies, which may include civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, ND studies, psychology, sociology, and world history;
  • 1 unit of physical education; OR
  • ½ unit of physical education and ½ unit of health
  • 3 units of: Foreign languages; Native American languages;Fine arts; or Career and technical education courses; and any 5 additional units

ND Academic Scholarship Eligibility Requirements (NDCC 15.1-21-02.5)

  • North Dakota resident student
  • Graduate from a high school in North Dakota, or from a public high school in a bordering state according to provisions set forth in ND Century Code 15.1-29, or from a nonpublic high school in a bordering state while residing with a custodial parent in this state (NDCC 15.1-21-02.6) or completes a program of home education supervised in accordance with ND Century Code 15.1-23
  •  Complete the following course requirements:
    • 4 units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech
    • 3 units of mathematics, including 1 unit of algebra II, 1 unit of mathematics for which algebra II is a prerequisite, and 1 unit of any other math which may include computer science
    • 3 units of science, consisting of 1 unit of biology AND 1 unit of chemistry and 1 unit of physics, OR 1 unit of physical science and 1 unit or two ½ units of any other science
    • 3 units of social studies, including 1 unit of US history, 1 unit of problems of democracy OR ½ unit of US government AND ½ unit of economics, and 1 unit or two ½ units of any other social studies
    • 1 unit of physical education OR ½ unit of physical education and ½ unit of health
    • 2 units of the same foreign language; the same Native American language; American Sign Language; 2 units of a coordinated plan of study recommended by the Department of Career and Technical Education and approved by the superintendent of public instruction; or 3 units from an Educational Pathway consisting of 1 unit of Teaching Profession, 1 unit of Educational Methodology, and 1 unit to be selected from the following: DC Psychology, AP Psychology, Child Development, Peer-to-Peer Leadership, or Child-Related Careers
    • 1 unit selected from foreign languages; Native American languages; American Sign Language; fine arts; or career and technical education
    • Any 5 additional units
  • Fulfill any 1 unit requirement set forth above by means of an advanced placement course and examination, OR ½ unit requirement set forth above by means of a dual credit course, OR 1 unit requirement set forth above by means of an early entrance college course from a college which has a physical presence in North Dakota
  • Obtain a grade of at least a “C” in each unit or ½ unit in all courses enrolled and obtain a cumulative
    • grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale (non-weighted grading scale) for all courses  enrolled; OR
    • Obtain a grade of at least a “C” in each unit or ½ unit and obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale (non-weighted grading scale) based ONLY on the 22-units defined in sections above
  • Receive a composite score of at least 24 on an ACT

ND Career and Technical Education Scholarship Eligibility Requirements (NDCC 15.1-21-02.4)

  • North Dakota resident student
  • Graduate from a high school in North Dakota, or from a public high school in a bordering state according to provisions set forth in ND Century Code 15.1-29, or from a nonpublic high school in a bordering state while residing with a custodial parent in this state (NDCC 15.1-21-02.6) or completes a program of home education supervised in accordance with ND Century Code 15.1-23
  •  Complete the following course requirements:
    • 4 units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech
    • 3 units of mathematics, including 1 unit of algebra II and 2 units of any other mathematics, which may include one unit of computer science
    • 3 units of science, consisting of 1 unit of biology AND 1 unit of chemistry and 1 unit of physics, OR 1 unit of physical science and 1 unit or two ½ units of any other science
    • 3 units of social studies, including 1 unit of US history, 1 unit of problems of democracy OR ½ unit of US government AND ½ unit of economics, and 1 unit or two ½ units of any other social studies
    • 1 unit of physical education OR ½ unit of physical education and ½ unit of health
    • 1 unit selected from foreign languages; Native American languages; American Sign Language; fine arts; or career and technical education
    • 2 units of a coordinated plan of study recommended by the Department of Career and Technical Education and approved by the superintendent of public instruction; or 3 units from an Educational Pathway consisting of 1 unit of Teaching Profession, 1 unit of Educational Methodology, and 1 unit to be selected from the following: DC Psychology, AP Psychology, Child Development, Peer-to-Peer Leadership, or Child-Related Careers
    • Any 5 additional units, 2 of which must be in the area of career and technical education
  • Obtain a grade of at least a “C” in each unit or ½ unit in all courses enrolled and obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale (non-weighted grading scale) for all courses enrolled; OR obtain a grade of at least a “C” in each unit or ½ unit and obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale (non-weighted grading scale) based ONLY on the 22-units defined in section  above
  • Receive a composite score of at least 24 on an ACT or a score of at least “5” on each of 3 WorkKeys assessments to include Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy, and Applied Math 

Note: Students who are eligible for the ND Career and Technical Education Scholarship due to level scores earned on the WorkKeys assessments must send a copy of their WorkKeys Skill Report to the ND Department of Public Instruction.

For questions regarding the requirements of the North Dakota Academic or Career and Technical Education Scholarship, contact (701) 328-2244.

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