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South Dakota Scholarships

by Mary Brito | Last Updated: November 5, 2022

Important Note: The purpose of this detailed listing is to help you plan your scholarship search throughout the year. Please find information below about scholarships for South Dakota students. Some of the deadlines may be from prior years. Scholarship deadlines are cyclical, so even if a deadline has passed, the website will likely be updated for the 2022-23 cycle. Be sure to reach out to the sponsor or check sponsor websites for the most recent details.

January

This gives twenty $1,500 awards. This is available to members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) who are residents of one of the following states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin. The applicant must plan to major in an eligible agricultural field and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The deadline to apply is January 15th. More details here.

This ranges from $1,000 – $80,000. Applicants must reside and study in one of these regions: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Applicants must have taken the SAT or ACT and intend to enroll in an Opportunity Partner College and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. The deadline to apply is January 28th. More info. Here.

 

This is for $18,00 a year for tuition and fees. ACT composite score of 26 or 1240 SAT score required. Available for qualified USF students in the Air Force ROTC program offered on the campus of South Dakota State University. The deadline to apply is sometime in January of your senior year.  Apply here.

 

Applicants should desire a career in a trade supportive to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources, environment, and/or related fields. Students that are intending to enroll or are already enrolled at a South Dakota university, technical institution, or other post-secondary trade school are eligible to apply. Applicants must also have a GPA of 2.0 or greater. The deadline to apply is January 15th. Read more here.

 

An applicant should desire a career in a trade supportive to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment, the solid waste industry and/or related fields. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents intending to or enrolled at a South Dakota institution of higher learning, vocational school, or other postsecondary trade school. The deadline to apply is January 15th. Learn more here.

 

February

Students must be first year students entering the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for the upcoming fall semester. Applicants must be from one of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. The amount varies and the deadline to apply is February 4th. Website found here.

This will award scholarships to qualified and deserving high school graduates. The scholarship is intended to assist qualified graduates to further their education at an accredited institution of higher education. All applicants must be or have been a high school student athlete of an accredited South Dakota high school who has had some type of medical issues or a family member has had some type of medical issues that may have affected them during their high school career. The deadline to apply is February 10th. More info. here.

 

These are for $1,000. To be considered, applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school and must show ample evidence that he/she is capable of succeeding at the post secondary level. The deadline to apply is February 10th. Read more here.

 

This is for $1,000. The scholarship is intended to assist qualified graduates to further their education at an accredited institution of higher education. The deadline for applications is February 10th. More info. here.

March

This provides up to 45 awards for $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors of rural South Dakota who will be pursuing a degree at any accredited U.S. vocational school, military academy, college, or university. Eligible applicants must currently reside within one of the Golden West exchanges and be enrolled at a post-secondary institution for the upcoming fall with at least 12 or more classroom credits. The deadline is March 15th. Read more here.

 

Applicants for this scholarship must be graduating seniors of a public or private high school located in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, who plan to attend an accredited technical school or four-year academic college or university. Applicants must also have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. The deadline is March 15th. Website found here.

 

This award benefits graduating seniors of Baltic High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, vocational school, or technical school. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The deadline is March 15th. More info. here.

 

Applicants must be graduating seniors from an accredited high school in Minnehaha or Lincoln County, South Dakota. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university or vocational or technical school. Financial need, participation in school and community affairs, and motivation to pursue goals is also a must. The deadline is March 15th. More details here.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Alcester-Hudson High School who have participated in agriculture courses or Future Farmers of America and who demonstrate financial need. The deadline is March 15th. Learn more here.

This scholarship provides an award for the first year of higher education at an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school for students from the Sioux Falls area who have a financial need. Applicants must be graduating seniors of an alternative school, or of a Sioux Falls area public or private high school, or have earned a GED. Applicants graduating from a public or private high school must have a cumulative GPA of no greater than 3.0. The deadline is March 15th. Read more here.

Successful candidates for this award must be graduating from a Minnehaha County public or private high school and planning to attend a South Dakota college or university. Additional criteria includes participation in extra-curricular and community activities and a desire and ability to succeed in a chosen career field. The deadline is March 15th. More details here.

 

This offers two one-time scholarships of $4,000 to returning full time USF students from South Dakota. The deadline is March 2nd. Apply here.

These are offering two $1000 scholarships to two high school students to assist in their higher education. The deadline to apply is march 15th. Apply here.

 

This is for $2500. This is for applicants who will attend a four year college or university in South Dakota and have a GPA of 3.9 and ACT of at least 28. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Learn more here.

 

This is for $1000. This is for graduating SD Seniors who are enrolled tribal members, attend SD state supported college or technical school, have a 2.5 GPA, and have participated in extracurricular or community activities. The deadline to apply is March 15th. Read more here. 

 

April

This is open to students who are legal U.S. residents, residents of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin, and high school seniors at a high school in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Applicants must be planning to attend, physically or virtually, an eligible college the fall following the registration dates. The deadline is April 30th. More details here.

This provides annual awards ranging in value from $2,000 to $2,500 for students who will be enrolling in a retail-related educational program at an accredited vocational/technical school, college, or university within South Dakota. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college or one semester of vocational training, be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester, and submit a personal statement of career goals. The deadline is April 19th. Apply here.

 

May

This is for $2,500 per academic year, per four years. This is available to American Indian high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who reside in one of the 23 states serviced by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and its affiliated companies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa. The deadline to apply is May 31st. Learn more here.

 

These are awarded to students enrolling in a construction-related, post-secondary technical program or college program. The deadline to apply is May 3rd. Read more here.




June

This ranges from $1,000 to $10,000. This is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving. Applicants must identify as LGBTQIA and live or attend school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. The deadline is June 15th. More details here.

 

This is for $5,000. This is for students of Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals), who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). A minimum 3.0 GPA is required, as well as demonstrating financial need. The deadline for applications is June 30th. Read more here.

 

July

Applicants for this award must live in or maintain residency in Lincoln or Minnehaha County or they must attend school in one of these two counties. Applicants must also attend a school accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in business and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of business in American society. A motivation and ability to succeed, academic excellence, and community involvement are also criteria for this award. This is for $3,500 and the deadline to apply is July 1st. More info. here.

This scholarship is for $750 and benefits children of a Midwest Coast Transport employee, independent contractor, or driver for an MCT contractor. Employees must be employed with MCT for more than one year. Students who apply for this award must have completed one year at an accredited college, university, or technical or vocational school and maintained a “C” average or higher. Applicants must also have the desire and ability to succeed in their chosen field of study. The deadline to apply is July 1st. Website found here.

August

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduates of a Sioux Falls area high school or home school program; be admitted to or enrolled in their first year of medical school at an accredited institution in the United States; demonstrate financial need; have participated in school and community activities throughout high school and college; and have demonstrated academic excellence during college by maintaining a “B” (3.0) or better average. Preference will generally be given to applicants entering their first year of medical school. The deadline is August 15th. Read more here.

 

September

October

November

This annually gives recognition to young people who commit to a South Dakota college, university or technical institute, and whose parents are current members of Farmers Union. Three $500 scholarships are awarded each year to deserving students. The deadline to apply is November 1st. Apply Here.

December

This is for $2,500. This is available to continuing full-time students who are pursuing their graduate degree in an accredited agriculture-related field and who show a strong interest in working in South Dakota upon completion of their degree. Preference is given to students from South Dakota who have/had an affiliation with Farmers Union. Eligible graduate students include on-campus and distance education students who are pursuing any master’s or doctoral program, agriculture teacher certification program or graduate certificate program. The deadline to apply is December 1st. More details here.

 

This is for $10,000 over four year and is awarded to a graduating senior from Lennox High School in South Dakota who exhibits excellence, citizenship and scholarship. The deadline to apply is December 1st. Website found here.

This scholarship awards $2,500 to an incoming first-year student from Kossuth County in Iowa who meets all USD admission criteria. The deadline to apply is December 1st. More info. Here.

 

This recognizes American Indian high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic potential. This is valued at up to $20,000 over a four-year period. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Partial, one-time scholarships also are available to American Indian students who demonstrate a commitment to academic learning. The deadline to apply is December 1st. Read more here.

 

This will be awarded to two incoming freshmen and is valued up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year). First preference is recent Scotland High School graduates followed by second, third or fourth year current USD students from Scotland, South Dakota. Second preference is Freeman Public High School graduates and third preference is recent graduates from any public high school in Bon Homme County, South Dakota. The deadline to apply is December 1st. Learn more here.

 

This is open to high school seniors with a 28 or higher ACT (1320 SAT). The scholarship covers tuition for a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester up to 120 hours over four years, general fees, double occupancy room (funded by a Housing Scholarship) and standard board charges. To be eligible, you must be a resident of South Dakota and maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. The deadline to apply is December 1st. More details here.

 

This is for $500 and is given to a HS senior or current college student from SD, ND, MT, WY or NE. Applicants must be involved in agriculture youth activities such as Jr. Hereford Association, 4-H, and/or FFA to be eligible. The deadline to apply is December 15th. Apply here.

Deadline's Vary

This is $5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $20,000. This is awarded to outstanding high school seniors from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Students are chosen for Stai Honors through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The deadline varies. Learn more here.

 

This provides $1,000 to Native American students of Lakota, Dakota, or Nakota heritage who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at one of the accredited colleges within South Dakota. Applicants must have at least sophomore-level standing, have successfully completed at least 24 credits, be a college-level athlete in track, show academic potential with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and demonstrate a commitment to their American Indian culture. More info. here.

 

This is awarded to a student who is classified as a junior at a public university at the time funding is received. Each South Dakota public university nominates one student for the scholarship. Read more here.

 

This is for $1,700 and is open to students who attend a SD high school for at least two semesters, graduate in three years or less, and attend a participating South Dakota post-secondary school. More info. here.

 

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Mary Brito is enrolled at the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York Queens College. She is studying urban studies and political science and aspires to one day work in the nonprofit sector for a social justice organization. Knowing the difficulties, hardships, and struggles that students face on their journey to college, Mary offers insight on the ins and outs of college admissions, what colleges look for in personal statements and supplemental essays, and navigating the scholarship and paying for the college process. For fun, Mary likes to paint, travel, and explore the city with friends. She will also be a programming and residential life assistant for high school students in Building Community at Columbia University.