Capital Credit Union AVID Scholar Award

The Capital Credit Union AVID Scholar Award was established in 2019. Capital Credit Union takes pride in educating their members and making them wiser consumers of financial services, as well as enhancing financial literacy and education in the communities they serve. They recognize the AVID program as an excellent way to prepare students for college, careers and life.

Capital Credit Union, originally chartered in North Dakota in 1936, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by each of its more than 30,000 members and overseen by a member-elected board of directors. Capital Credit Union returns profits to each member through fewer and lower fees, lower loan interest rates and higher savings interest rates. Savings, checking, loan, credit/debit card, and many other financial services and education are offered by Capital Credit Union to member individuals, businesses and other organizations located within a 75-mile radius of Bismarck, Hazen or Fargo, or a 50-mile radius of Beulah or New Salem.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-prep class offered in grades 9-12 at Bismarck, Century, and Legacy High Schools. AVID is a class that prepares ‘the entire student’ to be ready for college, focusing primarily on academics but also leadership skills and college/career knowledge. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Each applicant will submit the following information with the application by April 1.

1. High School Transcript verifying the following:

  • 3.2 Weighted Cumulative GPA
  • 3 years in AVID, including Senior year
  • 1 credit of an AP course and exam; or ½ credit of a dual credit course

2. AVID Teacher verification/Signature of 30 hours Community Service/Service Learning, in any format

3. One Teacher Letter of Recommendation from a non-AVID Elective teacher.

Application Form:

  • Student Information

  • Parent Information

  • High School Education

  • American College Testing Program (ACT) Scores

    (Enter 0 if not taken)

  • College Information

  • ESSAY A:

    Choose one of the following essays and respond in no more than 300-400 words.

    • Option 1: Some students have a background or identity that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • Option 2 : If you had to give advice to someone else based on your life’s experiences what would it be? Be sure to share the inspiration for this advice.
    • Option 3 : Society often has different expectations for individuals or groups of people based on a variety of factors such as socioeconomic status, family structure, race, gender, etc. Despite circumstances, some manage to have a life that defies expectations. How have you lived a life that defies expectations?
    • Option 4: The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Option 5 - Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What belief or idea did you challenge? What prompted you to act? Looking back, would you make the same decision again? Explain.
  • Keep your essay between 300-400 words. You can copy and paste into this field.
  • ESSAY B:

    Choose one of the following essays and respond in no more than 300-400 words.

    • Option 1: Describe how earning this scholarship would support your future ambitions and goals. Be specific, referencing examples of how you will execute your plan in order to achieve a specified goal(s), either in college or career.
    • Option 2: Reflect on your years as an AVID Student. How has being in AVID shaped your identity? What specific lessons has the class taught you, and how will utilize these lessons for future success? Be specific.
  • Keep your essay between 300-400 words. You can copy and paste into this field.
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    Upload your AVID Teacher verification of 30 hours of community service
  • Additional Info

  • Many scholarships are based on financial need. The committee choosing the recipient must rely on the information on this application in order to make a wise choice. Please include any pertinent information to help the committee make a decision.

  • Supplemental Materials

    Please provide PDF files of the following materials. Any applications not accompanied by the following will not be considered. If you have file troubles, please send PDFs to
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  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.