In 1997, the NDCEL Board of Directors approved a system that provides financial assistance to children of regular NDCEL members who are full time, post-secondary students (Youth Award). The North Dakota Foundation for Educational Leadership, Inc. (NDFEL) was established to receive donations and distribute scholarship funds.
In 2005, the NDFEL Board of Directors established the Larry A. Klundt Educational Leader Award. This scholarship is for NDCEL members who are working on a masters or doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.
NDFEL has 501(c) 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service so that the donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.