NDFEL Scholarships

In 1997, the NDCEL Board of Directors approved a system that provides financial assistance to children of regular NDCEL members who are full time, post-secondary (college) students (Youth Award). The North Dakota Foundation for Educational Leadership, Inc. (NDFEL) was established to receive donations and distribute scholarship funds.

In 2005, the NDFEL Board of Directors established the Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award.  This scholarship is for NDCEL full/active members who are working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.

 In 2014, The NDFEL Board of Directors established the Jerry Bartholomay Aspiring Administrator Award. This scholarship is for NDCEL aspiring administrators/student/intern members who are working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.

 NDFEL has 501(c) 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service so that the donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. 

NDCEL Financial Awards Program 

FUNDING:
The funding of the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders (NDCEL) Financial Awards Program will be derived through contributions, memorials, and honorariums from members and friends of the NDCEL.  The monies collected will be deposited with the North Dakota Foundation for Educational Leadership (NDFEL), Inc.  Ninety percent of the deposits shall remain as an endowment and ten percent plus all interest and dividends can be distributed as financial awards and used for operating expenses such as advertising and mailings.  The NDCEL or its designee will regulate all of the monies.

AWARDS:
There will be three financial awards given by the NDFEL, the Youth Scholarship Award (Children of Regular NDCEL Members), the Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award, and the Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for Aspiring Administrators Award. 

The first financial award, the Youth Scholarship Award, will be given to children of regular (full/active) NDCEL members only.  The financial award will be given the second semester of each school term.  The number of financial awards and the amounts of each award will be determined by the Board of Trustees of the NDFEL based on monies available.  The financial award could vary in amount and number each year.  The NDFEL Board of Trustees has the right to vary the amounts awarded.  The awards can be banded or grouped and the minimum eligibility criteria shall be a 2.75 GPA on a 4.00 scale.  The minimum NDCEL Financial Award shall be $200.00 

The second financial award, the Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award, will be given to regular (full/active) NDCEL members who are admitted to and working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University.  The financial award, which will be given the second semester of each school term, will rotate every other year between the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University beginning with the University of North Dakota in 2006.  The number of financial awards and the amounts of each award will be determined by the Board of Trustees of the NDFEL based on monies available.  The financial awards could vary in amount and number each year.  The NDFEL Board of Trustees has the right to vary the amounts awarded.  The awards can be banded or grouped and the minimum eligibility criteria shall be a 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale. The NDFEL Board of Trustees will give the financial award to the applicant who meets the minimum eligibility criteria and shows promise to advance education in the field of educational leadership.  The minimum NDCEL Financial Award shall be $200.00. 

The third financial award, the Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for Aspiring Administrators, will be given to NDCEL members who are an active administrator, or associate, or student/intern/aspiring administrator and who are admitted to and enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at a North Dakota institution of higher education. The minimum NDCEL Financial Award shall be $200.00. 

ELIGIBILITY:

1.   Applicants for a Youth Scholarship Award, must be a child of a regular (full/active) NDCEL member and be a full time, post secondary student. Applicants for a Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award must be a regular (full/active) member of NDCEL and be admitted to and working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University. Applicants for a Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for Aspiring Administrators Award must be an active administrator or associate or student/intern/aspiring administrator member of NDCEL and admitted to and enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at a North Dakota institution of higher education.

2.   Applicants for a Youth Scholarship Award, must be classified as a full-time student and taking a minimum of twelve hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.  Applicants for a Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award must be admitted to and working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University and completed twelve (12) semester hours of their graduate program of study with a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.50. Applicants for a Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for  Aspiring Administrators Award must be admitted to and working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at an institution of higher education and completed six (6) semester hours of their graduate program of study with a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.50. 

3.   The recipient of a Youth Scholarship Award), must be a full time, post secondary student during the semester of the award and may receive the award only once. The recipient for a Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award must be admitted to and enrolled in an educational leadership program during the semester of the award and may receive the award only once. The recipient for a Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for Aspiring Administrators Award must be admitted to and enrolled in an educational leadership program during the semester of the award and may receive the award only once. 

BASIS:
The Youth Scholarship Award will be based on the fall semester’s GPA.  There will be no weighting of the GPA for different programs or institutions.  All grades must be considered and any incomplete grades must be calculated as a failure. The NDFEL Board of Trustees will make the final selection of candidates to receive the financial award. 

The Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award will be based upon the applicant who meets the minimum eligibility criteria and shows promise to advance education in the field of educational leadership. Professors of educational leadership program for each university will, during their university’s scholarship cycle, screen applicants and forward their recommendations to the NDFEL Board of Trustees. The NDFEL Board of Trustees will make the final selection of candidates to receive the financial award. 

The Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for Aspiring Administrators will be based upon the applicant who meets the minimum eligibility criteria and shows promise to advance education in the field of educational leadership. The NDFEL Board of Trustees will make the final selection of candidates to receive the financial award.

APPLICATION:
The Youth Scholarship Award application must consist of a copy of the fall’s semester grades and a statement stating that the applicant is still a full-time student and a letter requesting a NDCEL Financial Award.  All applicants shall be ranked according to GPA (no names) and the NDFEL Board of Trustees will determine the number and amount of the Financial Awards to be distributed from the GPA listing. 

The Dr. Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award application must consist of a copy of the applicant’s cumulative graduate GPA, a statement that the student is admitted to and enrolled in an educational leadership program during the semester of the award, and a letter requesting a NDCEL Financial Award. 

The Jerry Bartholomay Scholarship for Aspiring Administrator Award application must consist of a copy of the applicant’s cumulative graduate GPA, a statement that the student is admitted to and enrolled in an educational leadership program during the semester of the award, and a letter requesting a NDCEL Financial Award.