Challenge Grants awarded

December 9, 2015

Six of 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded Challenge Grants for projects at their respective campuses ranging from scholarships and endowments to expanded educational opportunities.

Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College all received financial awards through the N.D. Higher Education Challenge Fund. The fund was created in 2013 by the state legislature and is overseen by a grant review committee.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the Challenge Fund was a significant way for the system to partner with the state to help reach goals at each campus.

“I’d like to thank the members of the legislature and the grant committee, both for their foresight in creating this fund in 2013, but also for awarding funding for these purposes,” Hagerott said. “The Challenge Fund continues to be an innovative way for the state and university system to partner to address ongoing needs within higher education, right here in North Dakota.”

As part of the most recent awards, the institutions received a total of $2,003,830.04 in grant funding out of more than $23.5 million set aside by the legislature for matching funds, where the State Board of Higher Education would award one dollar in matching grants for every two dollars of non-state, non-federal funding raised by the institutional foundations throughout the NDUS. Seven million dollars has been set aside each for NDSU and UND, with one million set aside for each of the other nine institutions in the NDUS.

The latest award breakdown is as follows:

  • Lake Region State College: $98,858 to expand learning opportunities for students preparing to become American Sign Language interpreters.
  • Mayville State University: $145,307.43 to go toward a scholarship endowment and a scholarship campaign.
  • North Dakota State College of Science: $234,879 for two scholarship endowments and one departmental endowed chair.
  • North Dakota State University: $866,814.21 to go toward thirteen scholarship endowments.
  • University of North Dakota: $600,641.40 to go toward eight scholarship endowments.
  • Williston State College: $57,330 to go toward a scholarship endowment and a scholarship program.

The grants, which were awarded just before the Thanksgiving holiday, were the third announced this year. Twelve awards totaling $628,375.64 were made in September through Bismarck State College, NDSCS, NDSU and UND for scholarships and endowments. In July, twelve awards were made totaling $774,373.50 throughout Minot State University, NDSCS, NDSU and UND.