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Faces Behind the Funds: Shaina Lord

Faces Behind the Funds: Shaina Lord

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Posted by WSC Marketing

WILLISTON, N.D. - An average student attending a two-year public postgraduate North Dakota institution can expect to pay a statewide average of $4,192 dollars per semester for tuition and fees to achieve their associate's degree. Nationally, students can expect to pay an average of $9,139 a semester for tuition and fees for a public four-year degree, according to Since she is attending Williston State College (WSC), Shaina Lord will not have to worry about that figure.

When Lord, 18, a graduate of Williston High School, moved from California her senior year to live in Williston with her father, she became eligible for the Williams County Graduate (WCG) Scholarship.

Preoccupied with the debt that can accumulate for higher education, Lord saw that attending WSC would be a gift to her family and her future, because she would not have to take out any loans to pursue a college education.

"I plan on attending WSC for my generals and staying in state for my Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from NDSU," Lord said. "This scholarship has allowed me to pursue my interests without getting into debt at such an early age."

WSC's total headcount has increased 17.55% from Fall 2014. The 344 WCG Scholarship recipients contributed to a second consecutive semester with record-breaking enrollment at WSC.

"The WCG Scholarship has helped WSC see an increase in our overall student enrollment as well as our scheduled credit hours," Crystal Hotchkiss, Registrar and Research Analyst, noted. "We have seen a 27.5% increase in the number of credit hours to 11,077.5, up from 8,688 scheduled credit hours in Fall 2014." With this increase in credit hours came a 43% increase in full-time students over Fall 2014.

The partnership between the Alva J Field trust, the North Dakota Challenge Fund, and the Williston State College Foundation has disbursed $1,229,119 total awards for Fall 2015. Lord and the other recipients received an average of $3,455 to cover tuition, books and fees for the fall semester.

"It's a very generous scholarship, and I feel very fortunate for being able to partake in it," Lord stated. "It has opened up many opportunities for me, and I am very grateful for it."

Lord has been an active student at WSC. She began as a student worker over the summer and started choir in the Fall. Currently, Lord is working with Hotchkiss in Records and will be writing an article for the upcoming Teton Thunder due out before Christmas. In addition, Lord was selected as a Student Ambassador for the 2015-2016 school year.

"The ambassadors conduct tours for college fairs and help with mailings," Celeste Pace, Student Ambassador Coordinator, explained. "We are working on more visibility in the community and were honored to be part of the ribbon cutting on Main Street in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors."

The WCG Scholarship will continue as long as revenue and earnings continue. Now, thanks to the North Dakota Challenge Fund, personal contributions will go even further. Dr. Raymond Nadolny, President of Williston State College asks anyone thinking of a charitable gift this season to consider this unique opportunity: "For every two dollars donated, the North Dakota Challenge Fund will contribute one dollar." For anyone interested in contributing to the WCG Scholarship please contact the Williston State College Foundation at 701.572.9275.

For more information about the Williams County Graduate Scholarship please contact
WSC at 701.774.4220
For any information regarding WSC, please visit,
call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.