Scholarship Application and Selection Process
- Fill out the application form on our application page.
- Annual deadline: April 1st
- Each scholarship has an established committee who will review the applications based on the scholarship criteria.
Interested in developing your own named scholarship like the ones shown below? Click here for more information.
Danie Thomssen Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - CHS graduating Senior involved in the CHS Band Program
Preference Given To: - those who demonstrate a strong sense of dedication to the band program, leadership in the classroom, self-discipline in their practice, and a high level of musical excellence
Capital Credit Union AVID Scholar Award
Criteria: - 3.2 Weighted Cumulative GPA with 3 years in AVID (including Senior year) + 1 credit of an AP course and exam or ½ credit of a dual credit course
Diane Sigl Schlosser Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS Graduating Senior who demonstrates the qualities of compassion, perseverance, and a genuine willingness to help make a difference in the lives of those around them
Dixon Wightman Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS Graduating Senior Athlete exhibits solid moral character and strong academic performance
Preference Given To: - CHS Track & Field shot put, discus, weight, or javelin thrower
Gloria Sand Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS graduating senior who has a GPA of 2.5 or higher and showcases a financial need
Preference Given To: - Bismarck High School students (boys or girls) who played varsity basketball and have a parent/guardian who is/was a state employee
Ken Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS graduating Senior
Preference Given To: - student continuing their education in technology related fields
Rose Stoller Legacy Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS graduating Senior who is pursuing a degree in social work or the field of mental health
Preference Given To: - women who have exhibited strong leadership skills; a generosity and passion toward those in need; and a desire to achieve community harmony
Neil Souther Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS graduating Senior who demonstrates a strong interest in the study of foreign languages
Preference Given To: - Student who has taken at least two years of Latin
Paul & Marion Walz Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS graduating Senior with a 2.5 GPA or higher
Preference Given To: - Those who showcase characteristics such as being giving of himself/herself, respectful of others, true to his/her beliefs, good in his/her word, and never one to draw attention to themself. Those who are kind, honest, down-to-earth and believe in working hard.
Criteria: - LHS graduating senior student that is looking to future their education within a post-secondary college or university.
Wold Family Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS Graduating Seniors (1 from each high school minimum with qualifying applicants) with a 3.0+ GPA & ACT score of 20+
Preference Given To: - those majoring in the area of science who have a strong sense of giving back.
Criteria: - BHS Graduating Senior
Criteria: - CHS graduating senior student that is looking to future their education within a post-secondary college or university.
Brandon Thomsen Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - CHS graduating Senior
Preference Given To: - Students who demonstrate the qualities of compassion, perseverance, and a genuine willingness to help make a difference in the lives of those around them.
Ardys J. Munson/Swanson Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS Graduating Seniors interested in teaching and/or journalism
Preference Given To: - Individuals who plan to attend a post-secondary school in the field of English and/or journalism
Jan Gilbertson Scholarship
Criteria: - • BPS graduating Senior • Meaningful participation in Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater in any capacity along with high school participation in choir, band or orchestra
Preference Given To: - students who maintain a 3.0+ GPA throughout high school
Roy Gilbreath Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS Graduating Seniors
Preference Given To: - Individuals who attended Will-Moore Elementary school for a minimum of two years, showcases a financial need and will be attending a North Dakota trade school, college or university.
Jaide Tosseth Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - Female Senior who is an active member of a fine arts and athletic program, have no unexcused absences, and a minimum 2.0 GPA during their time at Legacy High School
First in the Family Scholarship
Criteria: - Graduating seniors from Bismarck Public Schools who will be the first in their family to enroll in a post-secondary college and/or university
Preference Given To: - Student with a demonstrated financial need who has merit, potential for success/motivation and is the first to attend a North Dakota trade school, college and/or university
Lincoln Elementary Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS graduating senior student who went to Lincoln Elementary for a minimum of 1 year
David Blackstead Capital City Lions Club Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS Graduating Senior
Preference Given To: - Students who have post-secondary plans that are focused within the medical field
Jody Olheiser Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS Graduating Seniors who have been in the AVID elective for at least two years
Preference Given To: - Senior who has an established financial need or special circumstance.
Tom Hesford Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS Graduating Seniors who plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or trade school the following year.
Preference Given To: - Student who has overcome adversity or significant life change
Don Prouty Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS Graduating Seniors who plans to continue their post-secondary education in the field of education
Preference Given To: - Students who were involved in athletics and/or peer-to-peer groups
Pierre-Louis Entrepreneur Scholarship
Criteria: - BHS students who were active in Deca
Preference Given To: - who participated in DECA for a minimum of 1 year, holds a minimum of 1 credit in Business/Marketing, and has a minimum GPA of 2.
Eide Family Scholarship
Criteria: - BPS Graduating Senior
Preference Given To: - Students who are looking to focus their studies in the areas of Business, Criminal Justice or Auto Mechanics. Additional consideration will be given to students enrolled within a branch of the military.
Paul Kranz Scholarship
Criteria: - Bismarck Public School (BPS) graduating Senior who is matriculating into the University of Jamestown
Preference Given To: - Preference given to students who demonstrated grit and are active in athletics
Señora “B” Kind Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: - a CHS graduating senior who has completed at least 2 years of Spanish
Preference Given To: - students are involved in extra-curriculars (athletic, academic or fine arts/music) with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
The North Dakota Community Foundation Also Manages Several Scholarships.
- Alton Wolfer
- Benjamin Berg Memorial Scholarship
- Bismarck Schools Scholarship Fund
- Chris Traeholt Scholarship
- Edgar Bollinger Scholarship
- Guy Larson Scholarship
- Harold Kepler Scholarship
- Jim & Barbara Blaine
- Kathy Eggmann Scholarship
- Paulie Paul Scholarship
- Robert C. Peske Scholarship
- Tom Sturdevant Scholarship
- Evan Grove Scholarship Fund
BPS Foundation Grants
BPSF Teacher Mini-Grant Program
Criteria: Mini-grants are geared towards helping BPS teachers to enhance their classroom experience for their students.
Mental Health Grant
Criteria: Request must foster mental health within BPS, have a cost of over $1000, and be consistent with the BPS mission
Robert & Lois Watts Grants
Criteria: Projects which promote/encourage hands-on learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-reliance
Preference Given To: Areas of Family & Consumer Science, Career & Technical Education
Timothy C Nordquist Memorial Fund
Criteria: purchasing needed special education equipment, transportation costs for educational enrichment, fees for special education student's summer camp, or opportunities for special education staff development
Apply for a Grant
Thank you for your interest in earning a grant from the BPS Foundation. Deadline is April 1st for the spring cycle and October 1st for the fall cycle. Any applications received April 2-Through October 1st go into the Fall grant cycle, applications received October 2nd- April 1st are reviewed during the spring cycle. The grant application process needs to be completed in two parts.
Verify approval of grant request with your building admin.
Fill out the web application
Please note: Mini-grant application forms must be accessed by clicking on the mini-grant in which you are applying for.
Grants applicants for the October cycle should receive an update on their grant by mid-November. April cycle applicants should receive an update on their grant request by mid-May.
Awardees are required to submit a grant verification form to verify usage of funds. The submission deadline for this form is as follows:
- October deadline: June 30th of the following year
- April deadline: December 31st of that calendar year
Grant Application and Selection Process
BPSF Grant Policy
- Grant applications must align with the overall mission of the Bismarck Public Schools District and Foundation to “Empower Every Learner to Thrive.”
- Grant applications requesting the use of new technology, programs, or professional development speakers must be properly vetted through the District and be pre-approved prior to the grant submission.
- Grant funding will be directed and approved based on its alignment with the granting preference and parameters. In addition, they must align with the BPS/BPSF mission and be initiatives that are not currently affordable through the existing BPS budget. Things such as salaries, building equipment/furnishings and replacement costs will not be considered. If student/staff equipment is a part of the grant application, a direct correlation must be made in connection with the grant criteria to be considered. The intent for BPSF grant funding is to empower learners to thrive through new and enhanced services. If this parameter has been met, it is the understanding that the grantee will work with the district to cover any/all re-occurring maintenance/expenses for that program unless otherwise implied in a BPSF Grant.
- Grant recipient(s) shall agree to use BPSF funds solely for purpose intended and requested. If the project changes significantly from the original request, the awardee must notify the BPSF immediately.
- Grant recipient(s) shall provide a picture or video of the project in addition to a blog submission of 250 words explaining how the funds were used within one month after the project is completed.
- Grant recipient(s) shall return any unused funds from the grant award to the BPSF within one month after the project is completed. If a project cannot be implemented, the grantee shall immediately return all funds to the BPSF.
- Any material acquired shall remain at the sponsoring school, unless approved by BPSF.
- Any Bismarck Public School Teacher or Administrator is eligible to apply for a grant.
The BPSF grants committee reviews application and makes recommendations to the BPSF board of directors for approval.
Questions should be directed to:
Bismarck Public Schools Foundation
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