Challenge Funds awarded

September 23, 2016

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

Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University, and Williston State College received a total of more than $2 million in funding through a process set up by the N.D. Legislature in 2013.

The announcement brings the total amount awarded to nearly $18.8 million, out of more than $22.1 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.

State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset said that the grants represented the state legislature’s continued commitment to higher education.

“This matching funding represents an opportunity to invest in our educational future,” she said. “These funds will help our colleges and universities provide more opportunities to our hardest-working students through additional scholarships.”

The latest round of awards was as follows:

Dakota College at Bottineau: $50,933.

Dickinson State University: $114,367.

Lake Region State College: $15,000.

Mayville State University: $179,618.

North Dakota State College of Science: $216,114.

University of North Dakota: $1,195,938.

Valley City State University: $194,153.

Williston State College: $112,500.

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