Challenge Funds distributed

July 28, 2016

Five out of the 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded funding by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee.

Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, University of North Dakota, Williston State College and Minot State University received a total of more than $2.6 million in funding through a process set up by the N.D. Legislature in 2013.

The announcement brings the total amount awarded to nearly $16.8 million, out of more than $22.6 million set aside for this purpose by the legislature as matching funds. Under the grant process, the Challenge Fund Grant Review Committee awards one dollar in matching grants for every two dollars of non-state, non-federal funding raised by the institutional foundations. The awards must meet needs within four categories: education infrastructure, endowed chairs, scholarships and technology.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the Challenge Grants continued to help support the private fundraising efforts of the North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities.

“These grants are vital to ongoing efforts throughout the system,” he said. “Without them, our institutions would have less scholarship offerings. With them, our students have even more opportunities to find success.”

The latest round of awards was as follows:

Bismarck State College: $40,833.00 for scholarships.

Dickinson State University: $102,738.75 for endowments and scholarships.

University of North Dakota: $1,446,622.34 for scholarship, educational infrastructure, and endowments.

Williston State College: $591,667.00 for scholarships.

Minot State University: $481,904.27 for scholarships, endowments and technology.

Earlier this year, Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University and Williston State College received financial awards through the Challenge Fund. For more information, check out the previous grants story posted here.