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The Open Door Scholarship provides tuition assistance to help students finish their degrees. UND Student Finance will take into account the unique financial situation of every student and award an average of $1,000 to those who qualify.

Match complete! The UND Alumni Association & Foundation has provided a match of $300,000 that has been reached, thanks to your generous contributions! But we're not stopping here. The financial ripple effects from 2020 will be felt by our students well into 2021.

We want our students to come out on top and complete their education here, at their UND home. Make this possible – open the door for students by giving today.

In December, we hosted an exclusive virtual appreciation event for donors who gave a gift to the UND Angel Fund or the Open Door Scholarship. A couple of students shared the personal impact of these scholarships on their lives. Here is a snippet of DeAnna has to say about the importance of these importance of supporting initiatives like these.

In this video, DeAnna Carlson Zink shares what we can do to open the door a little wider for students this year.

Why was the Open Door Scholarship created?

This new scholarship was created to assist the growing number of students who need financial assistance for tuition following the national COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

How is UNDAAF involved?

UNDAAF has provided a 1:1 match of $300,000 to encourage alumni and friends to donate an additional sum of $300,000. Pledges and installments can be made for up to three years. Employer matches will be honored.

How much are you requesting of me?

While a gift of $1,000 will fund two Open Door Scholarships, a gift of any amount can unlock an equal sum from UNDAAF, doubling your impact.

How do students apply for this scholarship?

While there is not a formal application process, Student Finance will work with One-Stop Student Services to identify students who would benefit from the scholarship. Steps will be taken to evaluate the student’s financial situation and eligibility and exhaust all other financial aid options available before awarding the scholarship.

How much scholarship money will be allotted to students?

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts averaging $1,000. The funds will be applied to the student’s tuition balance.

How is this scholarship different from the UND Angel Fund?

The UND Angel Fund covers student needs outside of tuition. The Open Door Scholarship is solely for tuition aid.

Can I specify what college I would like to support with my gift?

Yes. You can earmark your donation for your preferred college. Since the scholarship operates as an unrestricted fund, additional specifications will not be available.

Can my donation go toward an endowment?

In order to maximize the impact of the gifts, donations cannot be made to an endowment. Distributions from endowment funds will also not qualify for this scholarship.

Will the entirety of my gift go to the Open Door Scholarship?

Yes. Since this is a scholarship, UNDAAF will not apply the standard reinvestment fee of 5%.

Will I receive tax benefits for my donation?

Donations made to the Open Door Scholarship will be counted as a charitable donation and a tax receipt will be provided. We recommend you work with your tax advisor to determine if you qualify for a tax deduction.

The following are excerpts from Open Door Scholarship recipients' applications. Permission has been grated to share publicly.

Returning UND student will use Open Door Scholarship to spare other mothers what she's been through.

A recipient of the Open Door Scholarship shares the types of circumstances that can make paying for college daunting, and the hope that the scholarship provides.

UND Today's article takes a closer look at the Open Door Scholarship and those behind it.

The following are excerpts from Open Door Scholarship recipients' applications. Permission has been granted to share publicly.

“I am in need of financial assistance in order to attend the upcoming semester. I took out student loans to pay my tuition, but it was not enough to cover. I am a low-income student and also the first child to attend college. I have a wife and kids to support while attending UND. I am also facing more financial challenges…. Therefore, I would greatly appreciate a helping hand so that I can successfully obtain my electrical engineering degree.”
-Open Door Scholarship Recipient

“I am an adult transfer student, in senior standing, who is returning to college after a long gap. I want to attend UND to complete by B.S. I am currently experiencing financial hardships as the result of a heart surgery I had in March of 2020. Most of income is going toward paying off my medical [bills]…. At this point, I do not know what other avenues to explore.”
-Open Door Scholarship Recipient

“Time after time I got kicked out [of my home] with nowhere to go and I would have to figure out where I was going to stay and how I was to get to school the next morning…. I was forced to couch [surf] for some time during my senior year. I was forced to take care of everything on my own….I always wanted to continue my education. I want to prove to [my parents] that I have a purpose and I can do something with my life and make the world a better place.”
-Open Door Scholarship Recipient

“I am definitely struggling. I am a single mom of two school-age boys. I work full-time, I attend school full-time, and because of COVID I am teaching my kids online. I am dedicated and extremely hardworking. But I feel like I am drowning sometimes.”
-Open Door Scholarship Recipient

“During the Spring 2020 semester, I had been laid off from all the jobs I had…. With my mother in prison and my adoptive family no longer speaking to me, I had no additional sources of income or support and had to use my savings to pay for rent…. I began sleeping in my car with my dog until I was able to sign a lease. Through all of this, my mental health has been affected a little bit and it can be hard sometimes to find the motivation to do things that would allow me to obtain other forms of financial assistance…. This scholarship, no matter how big or small, will help me reach those goals on a larger scale.”
-Open Door Scholarship Recipient


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