Marion J. Piper Memorial Scholarship

Each year North Dakota Professional Communicators awards the Marion J. Piper Scholarship (formerly the Marion Piper Sullivan Memorial Scholarship) to one or two local college students. Any student enrolled in at least a two-year college or university in North Dakota, or at Minnesota State University Moorhead or Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is eligible to apply. Students should be studying communications or a related field. The $500 scholarship is a tribute to Marion Piper Sullivan, a former NDPC member and noted North Dakota writer, editor and historian. She died of cancer in 1969.

The NDPC Scholarship Committee awards the scholarship each spring. Selection of the scholarship recipient is based on the applicant’s essay (60 percent), career plans (20 percent) and extracurricular activities relating to communications (20 percent).

The application deadline was March 26, 2021. 
2021 Scholarship Application Form (.docx file)



Previous Scholarship Recipients

  • 2021 $500 scholarships — Anna Dragseth, North Dakota State University; Erick George, Minnesota State University Moorhead; and Marissa Shiock, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2020 $500 scholarships — Kali Berlinger, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Micayla Bitz, Concordia College
  • 2019 $500 scholarship — Madelyn Schmidt
  • 2018 $500 scholarship — Ashley Rezachek, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2017 $500 scholarship — Haley Auger, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2016 $500 scholarship — Rebekah Aanerud, North Dakota State University 
  • 2015 $500 scholarship — Trent Zbichorski, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2014 $500 scholarship — 
  • 2013 $500 scholarship — Travis Mack, North Dakota State University
  • 2012 $500 scholarship — 
  • 2011 $500 scholarship — Matthew Kurtz, North Dakota State University
  • 2010 $500 scholarship — Charlotte Klesman, University of North Dakota
  • 2009 $500 scholarship — Hayley Vendsel, University of North Dakota
  • 2008 $500 scholarship — Todd Deutsch, North Dakota State University
  • 2006 $500 scholarship — Candace Thornberg, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2005 $500 scholarship — Carolyn Olson, University of Mary
  • 2004 $500 scholarship — Teresa Oe, North Dakota State University
  • 2003 $500 scholarship — Sarah Olsonawski, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • 2002 $500 scholarship — Jennifer Dobrowski, University of North Dakota
  • 2000 $500 scholarship — Ashley Marek, Moorhead (Minn.) State University
  • 1998 $200 scholarship — Heather Larson, University of North Dakota
  • 1996 $200 scholarship — Gail Withey, Bismarck State College and Minot State University
  • 1994 $200 scholarship — Shannon McQuade, Moorhead (Minn.) State University
  • 1993 $200 scholarship — Suzanne Olmsted, Bismarck State College and Moorhead (Minn.) State University
  • 1992 scholarship — Patrick Kellar, Moorhead (Minn.) State University



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