The Community Achievement Scholarship (CAS) is open to first-generation college-bound students from socioeconomically diverse backgrounds who live in Fargo-Moorhead or the surrounding area and have the desire to achieve a four-year degree.


Ideal Candidates

A strong applicant will demonstrate:

  • personal commitment to uplifting equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • strong academic achievement
  • leadership and/or community involvement
  • internal drive to succeed at the college level
  • financial need

Why Apply?

  • Covers tuition, housing, and meal plan; renewable for up to four years — full scholarship details
  • Receive professional support and mentoring throughout the program
  • Participate in summer leadership preparation sessions
  • Join a community of students with similar interests and experiences

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission and be accepted to Concordia.
  2. Complete the online scholarship application, including a video submission (3-5 minutes in length).
  3. File your FAFSA for 2024-25 (available Dec. 31, 2023) and exhibit financial need. Concordia's FAFSA code: 002346


Deadline for Submission Scholarship Interviews Recipients Announced
Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 Mid-March 2023 Early April 2023


CAS Students by the Numbers

32 Scholars selected from 142 applications since 2018

80% Have graduated or are still enrolled at Concordia

Average high school GPA: 3.62

Sofia Perez '22 on the Community Achievement Scholarship

As a Community Achievement Scholar, coming to Concordia was a huge opportunity. Also being able to live in the dorms is an incredible opportunity because it gives me the college experience I didn't think I would have, and it's all thanks to this scholarship.


No. You do not need to make your college decision before applying for the Community Achievement Scholarship.

We will use data from your FAFSA form to determine financial aid eligibility. 

You can use any device from your phone to a webcam to a camera. We will not be judging video quality, but rather the content you provide and how you answer the prompt.


The best options are to either upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video or upload it to Google Drive. Tip: Make sure that your permissions are set so the scholarship committee can access it.


No. Scholarship decisions will be made based on the student’s video submission and interview.


You can choose any major to receive this scholarship!

Your parents or immediate family members have not completed a four-year college degree program.


Rachael G. Harvey

Assistant Director of Admission; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator Admission