NCTC Foundation Receives Matching Challenge from Engelstad Family Foundation

The newly established Never Too Late Scholarship will provide funds to students who are 23 years of age or older.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 — The Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) Foundation has been challenged by the Engelstad Family Foundation to raise $100,000 by April 1, 2018 to establish a new Never Too Late Scholarship for non-traditional students. The Never Too Late Scholarship will provide funds to students who are 23 years of age or older. These students often do not qualify for traditional financial aid and have little choice but to work part-time or even full-time while earning a credential at Northland. Once raised, that amount will be matched with another $100,000 from the Engelstad Family Foundation to start the endowment with a total of $200,000. The endowment will initially provide around $8,000 per year in scholarship dollars to be distributed to Northland students at both the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls campuses.

NCTC President Dennis Bona says, “Thanks to the generosity of the Engelstad family, people have a rare opportunity to have their donation doubled! For anyone looking to make an impact on our students who have the greatest need of your support, now is the time!”

Wes Stainbrook, NCTC Foundation President, says about the impact of the donation, “We are excited and sincerely thankful that the Engelstad Family Foundation has decided to create the Never Too Late Scholarship challenge that will help propel the NCTC Foundation to another level of scholarship support at Northland. This dollar for dollar match will allow us to continue to have a huge impact on the lives of students who work, learn, and live in our communities for a long time! We hope you are able to help us reach the goal.”

Donations can be made with checks to NCTC Foundation, 1101 Highway One E, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, or online. Pledges can also be made to accommodate payments over time. No administrative fees are taken from donated funds.

The NCTC Foundation, established in 1975, is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Minnesota. It is the Foundation’s mission to support the college by providing opportunities for contributors to invest in and enhance the educational experience of Northland students. To support students, the Foundation annually distributes over $150,000 in scholarships, and provides on-campus student housing with a 144-bedroom student housing complex in Thief River Falls.

For more information about the NCTC Foundation, contact Lars Dyrud, Executive Director of the NCTC Foundation, at 218-683-8616,, or

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.