UND scholarship updates
Beginning this fall 2014 entry term, UND will make several changes to scholarship programs and processes:
1. The scholarship deadline was moved to March 1, which coincides with the Honors Program application deadline and will now align with the new priority application deadline for admission beginning in fall 2015 (see Priority application deadline). Once again, it will now be much easier to remember just one date when speaking with students/families about UND deadlines.
2. UND added a brand new award named the Academic Achievement Scholarship for students with a ≥3.5 GPA and ≥25 ACT—if they are not already receiving the Presidential Scholarship. This new scholarship will award each eligible student $1,500/year and is renewable for up to three additional years ($6,000 total).
3. UND will now require incoming students who receive academic scholarships (Presidential Scholarship or Academic Achievement Scholarship) to enroll and complete at least 15 credit hours each semester (30 total credit hours for the academic year). This is a change from prior years where scholarship recipients were required to take at least 12 credit hours per semester. This change primarily demonstrates our continued emphasis and focus on helping students to graduate in 4 years.
Fall 2015 and Beyond
Beginning in the fall 2015 semester, students will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships in one centralized, online scholarship application. This will be extremely beneficial for both incoming and returning students to have one location to apply for almost all scholarships at UND.
In addition, there will be further changes coming to the Transfer, Outstanding High School Leadership, and Returning Student Scholarships beginning in the fall 2015 entry term. The Transfer Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who are transferring from another institution with a strong college GPA. Students may qualify for either a $2,000 or $1,000 scholarship the first year they transfer to UND.
Also, in order to maximize the University's scholarship dollars, the Outstanding High School Leadership and Returning Student Scholarships are two smaller scholarship programs that will no longer be offered.
Finally, in the next year or two, UND is looking at additional changes to the Presidential Scholarship program. As the most distinguished academic scholarship given to high-achieving students entering UND, we are looking into increasing the award amounts offered and considering revisions to the scholarship process and requirements. This may include the review of additional characteristics other than just cumulative GPA and ACT—similar to the non-cognitive components listed in the Holistic Review article (i.e. leadership, community service, volunteer work, etc.). We want to recognize students who possess strong academic preparation and potential, and also to acknowledge other strengths that these students possess, which will enhance the UND community both in and out of the classroom.