Final Challenge Funds for 2015-17 awarded

January 26, 2017

Nine of the North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities were awarded funding by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee this week.

Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, Valley City State University, and Williston State College received a total of more than $1.2 million in funding through a process set up in 2013 by the N.D. Legislature.

The hearing effectively closes the biennium’s awards, which totaled more than $22.1 million designated 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 funding was vital for the colleges and represented both forward thinking on behalf of the legislature, and the value of public-private collaboration.

“These funds directly help our campuses and serve as an investment in our students,” he said. “All the funding will ultimately help the schools move forward with scholarships, endowments, and other potential projects outlined in the Challenge Fund categories.”

The latest round of awards was as follows:

Bismarck State College: $245, 406.69.

Dakota College at Bottineau: $177,074.71.

Dickinson State University: $100,997.69.

Lake Region State College: $294,475.74.

Mayville State University: $125,804.93.

Minot State University: $212,454.50.

North Dakota State College of Science: $50,005.38.

Valley City State University: $36,666.24.

Williston State College: $2,097.51.

Last year, numerous Challenge Fund hearings were held that awarded funding to the system’s 11 public colleges and universities. For more information, check out the previous grants story posted here.