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5-22-2018 Workforce Development

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“Ask Staci and Amanda” serves as excellent parent and student resource

Bank of North Dakota’s weekly Facebook Live features Amanda Woidyla and Staci Holzheimer sharing information and hosting experts about a wide range of college planning and financing topics. Staci and Amanda serve as university and student development coordinators for BND.

“Ask Staci and Amanda” is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Questions may be submitted during the events and answered online. Consider encouraging families to like Bank of North Dakota’s Facebook page to receive timely notifications throughout the school year about preparing for college and Facebook Live notifications.

NDDECALogoStackBlue.jpgDECA Career Development Conference coming up

The 65th North Dakota DECA Career Development Conference will be held in Bismarck March 11-13, 2018.  Miss America, Cara Mund, who has a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship will be the keynote speaker on Sunday evening.  More than 400 students will be competing in 50 events relating to business, marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship.  We are seeking business and community support to volunteer as judges for the conference on Monday, March 12, 2018 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 10:00 am to 4:00 pm).  You may sign up directly at http://www.nddeca.org or contact Kevin Reisenauer at kreisena@nd.gov or call 701.328.3182.  No preparation necessary, we will provide all materials to our judges. DECA prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 
 

NDDFS_Logo002.jpgNorth Dakota Dollars for Scholars accepting scholarship applications
 
North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is accepting scholarship applications from North Dakota high school seniors and college students. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,500 each for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be from a North Dakota community with an active Dollars for Scholars chapter to qualify. Students from a wide range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
 
Scholarship offerings cover a variety of categories including vocational/technical schools, military family, community service and continuing college students.
 
The application deadline for all North Dakota Dollars for Scholars scholarships is April 1, 2018. Scholarship details and the online application are available here. To apply, students must create or update a profile in the online student center. This profile allows students to be matched to scholarships based on their personal information. Students will also be able to use this profile to find future opportunities from their local chapter, North Dakota Dollars for Scholars and the national organization.
 
Visit Bank of North Dakota’s Facebook page for instructional videos on how to create your profile and to search and apply for scholarships on the North Dakota Dollars for Scholars website.

Scholarship Tips

It’s scholarship time for seniors. They may be time consuming but being thorough and organized can earn you some amazing scholarships. Scholarships are a great way to help with your tuition and the best part is – they don’t have to be paid back like student loans.

Below are some tips to help get you started with scholarships.
  • Start your scholarship search early.
By starting your search early, you will allow yourself time for any requirements needed. Some require essays, videos, or community hours. Knowing ahead of time what is required will give you time to complete any of these requirements without being rushed and to your fullest potential.
  • Stay organized.
Keep track of the scholarship deadlines in a calendar so you do not miss any of the important dates. Allow extra time if you need to get copies of transcripts or for potential technical difficulties. Keep copies of what you submitted for later referral or questions that may arise.
  • Be thorough.
Read through the entire application before writing answers. Respond to each question in complete sentences and provide as much detail as possible. Make sure to highlight strengths and successes that directly relate to the scholarship. Proofread the application before submitting it. Technology can only do so much. You may even want to have a family member or teacher proofread it to see if you missed anything.
  • Apply for all scholarships you qualify for, regardless of the amount.
Small scholarship amounts add up too so don’t disregard scholarships that are less than $1,000. Plus, you never know which scholarships you will be accepted to receive. Smaller scholarships can help cover the costs of books, housing, or meals. Local communities may offer some small scholarships for being a member of their co-op, being a part of school activities, or just for graduating from their local school.

 

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