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Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are two similar pieces of financial aid that assist in paying for college. Learn more about available grants and scholarships at North Central University below.

A scholarship is a financial aid award that celebrates academic achievements, special talents, career aspirations, or unique circumstances. Scholarships can reduce your tuition by thousands of dollars. The best part—they don’t need to be repaid!

Grants are financial aid gifts—meaning they don’t need to be repaid. Grants are usually determined by financial need based on the information you provide in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Check out the grants and scholarships available below.

Grants available at NCU

North Central Grant - Max Award: $6,500/year
  • Eligibility: Awarded based on academic achievement and financial need (as determined by the FAFSA).
  • Renewal: Renewable by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: Students are automatically considered by being accepted to North Central, submitting a FAFSA, and submitting all requested documents. This grant is at a first come first serve basis, so file your FAFSA early to be considered!
Minnesota State Grant - Amount: $100 to $10,745/year
  • Eligibility: Available to Minnesota residents who demonstrate financial need.
  • Renewal: Maximum length of eligibility is 8 semesters, whether or not a student receives a state grant during a semester.
  • Deadline: To meet the deadline set by the state of Minnesota, a student’s FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center within 30 days of the start of the semester.
  • How to Apply: This aid is awarded to qualifying students based upon information from the FAFSA. Filing the FAFSA will determine eligibility
    • NOTE: 15 credits is considered full-time. If a student drops below 15 credits, the Minnesota State Grant will be reduced to the appropriate award amount based on the number of credits taken.
Federal Pell Grant - Max award: $5,920/year
  • Eligibility: This federal grant is available to undergraduate students with qualifying financial need who do not have a prior bachelor’s degree.
  • How to Apply: Students are automatically considered by being accepted to North Central, submitting the FAFSA, and submitting all requested documents. A student must have submitted a FAFSA no later than the 30th calendar day of the term to be eligible
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant - Max Award: $500/year
  • Eligibility: This federal grant is available to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who do not have a prior bachelor’s degree.
  • How to Apply: Students are automatically considered by being accepted to North Central, submitting the FAFSA, and submitting all requested documents. A student must have submitted a FAFSA no later than the 30th calendar day of the term to be eligible.
Minnesota Dream Act

Academic Scholarships for First-time Freshmen

Regent’s Scholarship - Max Award: 100% Tuition
  • Requirements: GPA: 3.5 | ACT: 30 | SAT: 1320
  • Eligibility: One full-tuition renewable scholarship is awarded to a first-time entering freshman student each year, based on superior academic performance, references, a written essay, and active membership and regular attendance at an Assemblies of God church.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to 8 semesters by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: The Admissions Office will send information on applying for the Regent’s Scholarship to students who have applied for admission to North Central and who meet the GPA and test score requirements for the scholarship.
  • You can also apply online here.
Presidential Scholarship - Max Award: $12,000/year
  • Requirements: Scholarships awarded based upon GPA and test scores.
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time entering freshmen based on academic performance.
  • Renewal: Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: Automatically awarded to qualifying students based on information provided during the Admissions application process.
NCU Academic Scholarship - Max Award: $11,000/year
  • Requirements: Scholarships are awarded based on merit, in accordance to students’ GPA and test scores.
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time entering freshmen based on academic performance.
  • Renewal: Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.
  • How to Apply: Automatically awarded to qualifying students based on information provided during the Admissions application process.

Transfer Student Scholarships

NCU Academic Scholarship - Max Award: $10,000/year
  • Requirements: Scholarship award amounts are dependent on students’ GPA.
  • Eligibility: Awarded to transfer students based on collegiate academic performance.
  • Renewal: Renewable each year by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • How to Apply: Automatically awarded to qualifying students based on information provided during the Admissions application process.

Re-applicant Scholarships

NCU Academic Scholarship - Max Award: variable
  • Requirements: GPA-dependent
  • Eligibility: Awarded to re-applicant students based on collegiate academic performance.
Contact your admissions counselor to learn more about the NCU Academic Scholarship for re-applicant students!

Talent and Interest Scholarships

Biology Scholarship - Max award: $5,000/year

How to apply:

Details:

  • 10 scholarships available
  • Decisions will be made by a committee on or before April 15, 2021.
  • Offer is open to new first-time college students only. Transfer students are not eligible (students with PSEO credits are not considered transfer students unless they have attended college after high school graduation).
Music Scholarship - Max Award: $5,000/year (based on audition)
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time freshman or transfer students who, by audition, show outstanding musicianship.
  • Requirements: You don’t need to be a Music major to apply. However, involvement in a college music ensemble and private music lessons on the auditioned instrument are required. Awards are given after a student has been accepted for admission to North Central.
  • Renewal: Renewed each year based on performance.
  • Deadline: Audition deadlines are April 1st to receive a scholarship for the following school year.

How to Apply

  1.  Sign up for an audition.  Auditions are held at North Central University during all Campus Visit Days and Fine Arts Auditions Days.  Fine Audition Days also give perspective students the opportunity to meet faculty and students from the College of Fine Arts. (Check the university calendar for more details).
    If you are unable to audition on the designated visit days, other audition times can arranged by appointment with the College of Fine Arts. Each year, the College of Fine Arts holds auditions at National Fine Arts.
  2. Audition. You’ll be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email (finearts@northcentral.edu). Check the Audition Guidelines below for details about your audition. You can expect a letter from the College of Fine Arts within two weeks of your audition letting you know if you have been awarded a music scholarship. All audition requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the desired audition date.

Audition Guidelines

All incoming NCU students who are music majors or minors, and/or are interested in a music scholarship, are required to perform an audition on their primary performing instrument. Audition appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and are approximately 1 hour. Auditions include the student performance, an interview with faculty, and taking the Theory Placement Exam.  Students must take the exam to be considered for a scholarship. This exam determines entrance into Theory I and will be taken immediately following the audition.

Audition requirements in the various performing instruments:

Voice Requirements

Voice students should prepare two memorized pieces in contrasting styles (baroque, classical, jazz, gospel, contemporary, etc.).You may use a phone, flash-drive, or CD accompaniment or accompany yourself on piano or guitar. We don’t have an accompanist available. Voice students will also be expected to sight-read a piece of music. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience, and other related questions.

Piano/Keyboard Requirements

A minimum of two pieces of contrasting styles should be prepared. One should be memorized. You’ll be expected to sight-read, perform major and/or minor scales, and chords. An interview will ask about your career goals, performance experience and other related questions.

Guitar/Bass Requirements

You should have a prepared solo that demonstrates your best ability and play a sacred solo. One of these should be memorized. You should also demonstrate the ability to sight-read and play major and minor guitar chords in rhythm guitar/chord chart form and play scales. Be prepared to tell us about yourself and your professional goals. Please bring your own instrument.

Percussion Requirements

Demonstration of various styles (i.e. rock, waltz, swing, funk, samba, bossa nova) on a drum set, trading “fours” in 3/4 and 4/4. On the snare drum, an etude demonstrating your present level of technical ability, rudiment, and orchestral style rolls at all dynamic levels will be required. Marimba and vibraphone are available if you wish to have these as part of your audition.

String/Woodwind/Brass Instruments Requirements

Two pieces of contrasting styles (contrasting in style, tempo and/or historical period) should be prepared. Audition material may be taken from the State Solo & Ensemble repertoire and/or an arrangement recently performed at church. Students will be required to sight-read and to play at least 3 major and/or minor scales (two octaves). Also, please bring your own instrument.

Theatre Scholarship - Max Award: $3,000/year (based on audition)
  • Eligibility: Awarded to first-time freshman or transfer students who, by audition, show outstanding talents in the dramatic arts and participate in theatre productions in subsequent years.
  • Requirements: You don’t need to be a Theatre major to apply. However, involvement in a college theatre production is required. Awards are given after a student has been accepted for admission to North Central.
  • Renewal: Renewed each year based on performance.
  • Deadline: Audition deadlines are April 1st to receive a scholarship for the following school year.

How to Apply:

  1. Sign up for an audition. Auditions are held at North Central University (typically in November and February. Check the university calendar for more details) and National Fine Arts during the school year prior to your entrance to North Central.
  2. Audition. You’ll be notified of your assigned audition time by email and you must confirm this with the administrative assistant by email (finearts@northcentral.edu). Check the Audition Guidelines below for details about your audition. All audition requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the desired audition date.

Audition Guidelines

You should select, prepare, and memorize two contrasting monologues, each approximately 1-3 minutes in length. You will also need to prepare 1 song of your choosing. This can be sung a capella or with a track. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move.

Music/Theatre Participation Scholarship - Max award: $2,000/year (based on audition)

Announcing a new music scholarship opportunity open to all students, regardless of major. The College of Fine Arts would like to invite auditions for a new Music/Theatre Participation Scholarship.

  • The requirements if offered would only include participation in an ensemble or theatre production.
  • These scholarships could give students a maximum of 4,000 over 4 years. Music participation would be in one of the following ensembles: Worship Teams (Worship Live, Render), Choirs (Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Festival Chorus), Jazz Workshop, Rhythm Section Ensemble, and Chamber Music Ensemble.

Criteria: Auditions done either by video or in person will include for vocalists, performance of a song and demonstration of range. For instrumentalists, (including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, orchestral instruments, or piano) performance of a piece showcasing your talents. Theatre can be a song or monologue.

How to Apply:

  1. Sign up for an audition. Auditions are held at North Central University four times per academic year (typically in November and February. Check the university calendar for more details) and National Fine Arts during the school year prior to your entrance to North Central.
  2. Audition. Either send a video to finearts@northcentral.edu or look for your assigned audition time from the same email.
Mathematics Major Scholarship - Max Award: $2,500/year
  • Requirements: GPA: 3.3 | ACT: 28 | SAT: 1240
  • Eligibility: Awarded to a first-time freshman student each year based on superior academic performance, a written essay, and two references. You must declare a Mathematics major to apply.
  • Renewal: Renewable for up to 8 semesters by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA at North Central.

How to Apply

Contact Financial Aid for application

 

Other Scholarships

Dorothy Vaughan Scholarship - Max award: $5,000 - $10,000

This scholarship is in honor of Dorothy Johnson Vaughan, an American mathematician and human computer who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics as well as NASA at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Vaughan is one of the women featured in Margot Lee Shetterly’s history Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016).

The one time scholarship is reserved for new Fall 2021 undergraduates in the School of Technology at North Central University and are a person of color and/or female. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completed Algebra II and English with a minimum grade of a B in each. Strong candidates will have a proven aptitude for academic commitment, Godly character and servanthood. To apply, provide one letter of recommendation from a non-family member, a 600-word personal essay, and proof of admission.

Learn more and submit the required documents here.

OR

Contact the Admissions office for more information and to submit your documents.

Brandon P. Zacek Memorial Scholarship

Named for alumnus Brandon Zacek who passed away on December 20, 2020. He graduated from the College of Business and Technology in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration and spent most of his career with Target Corp. He is remembered as a deeply caring, reliable and humorous friend, as well as a committed scholar.

This one time scholarship is reserved for new 2021 undergraduates in the College of Business and Technology at North Central University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are the first members of their immediate family to attend college. To apply, provide one letter of recommendation from a non-family member, a 600-word personal essay, and proof of admission.

Learn more about submit the required documents here.

OR

Contact the Admissions office for more information and to submit documents.

George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

The George Floyd Memorial Scholarship provides a way to invest in a new generation of young Black Americans, poised and ready to be leaders in our community and our nation. We believe that the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship will enable North Central University to increase our number of Black students who will impact the learning environment in a positive manner. Diversifying our learning environment is key to being a University that looks and acts like Heaven.

The George Floyd Memorial Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to one student each year based on two community recommendations and a written essay.

Learn more and apply for the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship.

Church Match Scholarship - Amount: Donations up to $1,000/year will be matched

Amount: North Central will match a church donation to your education. Donations up to $1,000 per year will be matched at 100% if all criteria are met.

Requirements:

  • Student must enroll for and maintain full-time status in the resident degree program during the semester(s) the scholarship is received or North Central’s match will be forfeited.
  • Funds cannot come from the student, parents, relatives or from the monthly pledge a church has designated for North Central.
  • Checks must be received by North Central by the deadline date in order to qualify for the NCU matching portion. The check sent by August 1 must be for both semesters.
  • The NCU match portion cannot exceed $500 in one semester.
  • The NCU match portion is applied to tuition costs only.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained by the student to be eligible for the NCU matching portion.
    The church check and NCU’s matching scholarship are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.

Deadline: August 1 for new students (Fall) (available depending on review and availability after August 1)

How to apply for 2021-2022:

Church Match Scholarship Application

Act Six Scholarship

North Central is the fourth Minnesota school to partner with Urban Ventures in the Act Six program, which this year will award 31 full-tuition, full-need scholarships in the state.

Far more than a scholarship program, Act Six Twin Cities develops leaders through a simple but powerful, four-step strategy that includes recruiting, training, funding, and supporting the next generation of community leaders.

Learn more about Act Six Scholarship opportunities.

AGWM Pennington Scholarship

North Central University deeply values its relationship with the Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). This policy will provide full-tuition discounts to dependent children of AGWM missionaries. This scholarship is in remembrance of Micah Pennington. Below are key elements of the AGWM Discount Policy.

  • Fully appointed active AGWM missionary dependent children (based on the FAFSA definition of dependent) will receive full tuition discounts to attend North Central University.
  • To be eligible, all students must be admitted to NCU. Students must file a FAFSA each year and submit all required documents. Any federal or state grants will be subtracted from the cost of tuition. The remaining tuition balance will be covered by the AGWM tuition discount.
  • Students are not eligible to receive any additional NCU institutional aid towards room, board, and all various fees. All room, board, and fees will be covered by federal student loans, outside funding, or personal finances. Students must live in NCU housing and participate in a meal plan.
  • Students must maintain full-time status of 12 credits or more to be eligible. However, NCU will not cover tuition for any special programs outside NCU including study abroad options or Graduate Programs. Should students participate in the Bible Lands Seminar, no expenses beyond tuition will be covered by the AGWM tuition discount.
  • This award is renewable up to eight semesters, not including summer school, by meeting satisfactory academic progress as specified by the Financial Aid Office. Students must remain in good standing at the university.
  • Advanced standing and directed research tuition can be covered provided it is applicable to the student’s degree.
  • Students in Applied Studies Programs are not eligible to receive the AGWM tuition discount.
Pastor's Kid scholarship commitment

New, incoming students of NCU who are dependents of ordained and licensed AG pastors serving in full-time church ministry will be guaranteed $11,000 of institutional aid to help cover the cost of tuition. This can be a combination of NCU grant, academic scholarship, and PK scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be admitted and attending full-time at NCU in a residential program. Please email studentfinance@northcentral.edu for an application.