What is the Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars?

It is a community scholarship program for graduates of Fargo's six high schools - Davies, North, South, Oak Grove, Shanley, and Woodrow Wilson.

Our purpose is to provide financial assistance to students from Fargo area schools who continue their education after high school. Costs to attend college and technical schools continue to escalate, placing the dream of advanced education out of reach for many students. Scholarships awarded from Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars help make that dream a reality.


Who belongs to Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars?

Our chapter is a group of community volunteers who are committed to helping students expand their access to educational opportunities. The volunteer board of directors is composed of business leaders, educators, school counselors, parents and professionals from our community.

The chapter operates as a program of the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.  For more information about the Foundation, go to www.fargoschoolsfoundation.org or contact the Foundation at 1305 9th Avenue S., Fargo, ND 58103, 701-446-1041, email fpsfound@fargo.k12.nd.us.


How is Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars Funded?

The main source of funds is provided by financial contributions from community leaders and local businesses.

Another valuable source of funds is raised through annual sponsorships.

These two sources of income raised by Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars are invested in stocks and bonds. The amount of income returned from these investments is used to fund the annual scholarships awarded to Fargo high school graduates. Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars is nearing a goal of a $1 million endowment in invested funds.

All contributions to Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars are tax deductible to the extent provided by state and federal laws.


How many scholarships are awarded each year?

In an average year, about 50 scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded.

Since the inception of Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars, nearly one-million has been awarded to students to further their education.


How are scholarships awarded?

Students must apply for a Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars scholarship through the online application system. The selection process takes into consideration academic achievement, school activities, faculty appraisal, community service, work experiences, family situation and a written statement of goals and aspirations.

Each high school is awarded a certain number of scholarship recipients based on the population of the high school. In a typical year, 50 total scholarships are awarded to graduates from North, South, Davies, Shanley, Oak Grove and Woodrow Wilson high schools.


How can you support the Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars program?

Make a contribution. Become a volunteer. Encourage students to apply.

Your financial contributions of any size are encouraged to ensure the availability of scholarship funds for years to come. Your gift to Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars is an investment in our community. Fargo needs the talents and gifts of our young people if we are to continue to grow and prosper. Click on the Donate Now Button on the top of the page to make a tax deductible donation.