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Wilfred Volesky: Guaranteed six thousand dollar scholarship

During the 2009 Legislative Session House Bill 1400 was passed. This bill created a $6,000 scholarship available to all North Dakota High School graduates who meet the bill requirements. The amount of each scholarship is $750 per semester or $1,500 for the academic year based on full-time enrollment in an accredited higher education institution in North Dakota. The scholarships are renewable provided the student maintains a 2.75 grade point average or higher each semester in college.

When students registered for school this year hopefully they considered the scholarship requirements and made sure their selection of classes would enable them to obtain a scholarship when they graduate.  Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince students to take the necessary classes for this scholarship. For this reason I am encouraging parents/guardians to look through and visit with their child(ren) about their 2010-2011 class schedule. I also encourage students, parents/guardians to start planning for the remaining high school years. This will ensure all required classes for the scholarship are taken by the student. It’s important to note that planning for a freshman is just as important as planning for a senior.

The scholarship is based on classes taken, letter grade obtained per class, overall GPA and the ACT or WorkKeys Test. The North Dakota State diploma requirements allow little opportunity to retake classes and stay on track to meet the scholarship requirements. Therefore, it is important for students to focus on their studies to maintain the GPA and letter grade requirement.

Shown below are the diploma requirements and the specific criteria that must be accomplished in order to receive an Academic Scholarship or a Career and Technical Education Scholarship.

Diploma Requirements:

1. 4 credits of English

2. 3 credits of mathematics

3. 3 credits of science, 1 credit physical science, 1 credit biology, 1 credit (or 2 half-units) of any other science

4. 3 credits of social studies, 1 credit U.S. history, 1 credit of problems of democracy, 1 credit (or 2 half-credits) of any other social studies

5. 1 credit of physical education or 1/2 credit PE and 1/2 credit health

6. 3 credits of Foreign language, fine arts, or career and technical education courses

7. 5 additional credits of electives

N.D. Academic Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

1. Complete Sections 1-5 and 7 from Diploma Requirements

2. Complete all of the following course and grade requirements

• required mathematics: Algebra II; 1 credit of mathematics for which Algebra II is a prerequisite

• 2 credits of the same foreign language

• 1 credit of fine arts or Career and Technical Education

• An additional 1 credit of foreign language, fine arts, or CTE

• 1 credit of AP course with examination or 1/2 credit of dual credit course

3. Obtain a grade of at least “C” (2.00) in each credit or 1/2 credit required under the Diploma Requirements.

4. Obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least “B” (3.00 or higher)

5. Receive a composite score of at least a 24 on ACT

N.D. Career and Technical Education Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

1. Complete Sections 1-5 and 7 from Diploma Requirements

2. Complete all of the following course and grade requirements

• 1 credit of Algebra II

• 2 credits of a coordinated plan of study recommended by Department of CTE.

• 3 additional credits, 2 must be in the area of career and technical education

3. Obtain a grade of at least “C” (2.00) in each credit or 1/2 credit required under the Diploma Requirements.

4. Obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least “B” (3.00 or higher)

5. Receive a composite score of at least a 24 on ACT or a score of at least “5″

on each of 3 WorkKeys assessments (reading, locating information, applied mathematics)

During the 2009-10 school year 13 percent of the 2010 Mandan graduates earned one of the scholarships listed above. I am hopeful we can increase this percentage if students and their parents plan their annual class schedule so that they will have the courses necessary to meet the scholarship requirements  Once all courses have been scheduled, it becomes the student’s responsibility to make sure that they meet the minimum grade point average necessary to be eligible for the scholarships.

I am confident that every student could use the $6,000 scholarship that they are capable of receiving when they begin their post secondary education.