Outside Scholarships

Many different outside scholarship opportunities are available. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Scholarships@dsu.edu.

Please check this page regularly for updated scholarship opportunities!

Vacation Roost

Amount: Two $2,500

Deadline: June 1st for August Award and November 1st for January Award


  • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be accepted to and/or attending a full- time higher education program at an accredited institution of learning.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA based on the previous year's academic performance.
  • 1,000 Word Essay – Write an essay of 1,000 words or less on the topic "How internet marketing has changed the world of business." Although not mandatory, we encourage you to publish your article online.
  • Outline of Career Objectives – In 500 words or less, describe your career objectives and how online marketing fits into your goals. Explain how this scholarship will help you achieve your academic and career pursuits. Consideration will be given to those who show an understanding of the connection between publishing content and online marketing
  • Fill Out and Submit the Online Application

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.vacationroost.com/about-us/community/scholarships

Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarships

Amount: $1000

Deadline: Monthly rolling deadline


  • Be legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are are least 16 years old at the time of entry
  • Monthly $1000 giveaway, designed to help students pay for their higher-education expenses
  • Every Month a new scholarship will be announced with a winner selected randomly from the entrants

Application: To Apply visit https://www.campusexplorer.com/campus-explorer-scholarships/

America's Best Blogging Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Biannual/Ongoing


  • Pick your favorite presidential candidate
  • In 300 words or less, tell us why that candidate has your vote

Application: To Apply, visit http://yourlocalsecurity.com/scholarship

 Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships – Year round opportunities year review periodically

Award: Varies $500 - $2500

Deadline: Throughout the year based upon the specific scholarship administered by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation


  • Varies based upon major, residence, year in college or may include involvements
  • Visit the site for more information

Application: To Apply, visit the main Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and link to the scholarships based upon your qualifications http://www.sfacf.org/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?CategoryID=6

The Alert Scholarship - ALERT - The drug and alcohol abuse prevention magazine by Golden West Publications

Amount: $500

Deadline: Open until awarded


  • You must currently be a high school senior, and your high school must be located in the following states:
    • South Dakota, Alaska, Colorado,Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, or Wyoming
  • You must have a grade point average of 2.5
  • You must have plans to attend college and the college can be in any state
  • You must have a grade point average of 2.5
  • Essay = 650 – 800 words on drug and alcohol abuse prevention

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant

Amount: Up to $3000

Deadline: Open


  • Female, continuing student in the United States or Canada
  • Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life
  • Within 24 months of completing her educational goal
  • Must be sponsored by a P.E.O. organization, if you don't have one, please contact the DSU Scholarship Office

Application: To Apply, visit http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projectsphilanthropies

Mary Chilton Chapter: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Amount: $2000

Deadline: Open


  • Descendant of a Vietnam Veteran
  • Must be attending a college, university, or technical school in South Dakota
  • student needs to provide proof of their relationship to the South Dakota Vietnam Veteran
  • A copy of the Veterans military record
  • Letters from two references outside of the family
  • Submit a transcript for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years plus a list of Senior subjects and a summary of community service activities in your school, church, community, and family
  • An essay of 200 words or less on “What impact the Vietnam War has had on American History”

Application: To Apply Contact, Mary Chilton Chapter NSDAR    520 S First Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57104   Telephone: 605-271-2595 or Email:DAR@midconetwork.com

Foreclosure.com Scholarship

Amount: 1st place - $5000 2nd – 5th $1000 each

Deadline: December 15, 2014


  • Must be currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning
  • 1 application per person
  • Must write an essay not to exceed (2,000) words on the scholarship topic

Application: To apply, view scholarship topic, and to review the full list of rules go to http://www.foreclosure.com/scholarship/

Lexington Law Scholarship

Amount: 2 Gifts totaling $10,00 will be awarded annually

Deadline: August 13, 2014


  • To be eligible, must be enrolled in an accredited US university or college
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must write an essay of no fewer than 800 words

Application: For essay topic and instructions for submission please visit https://www.lexingtonlaw.com/credit-education/newsroom/lexington-law-news/what-does-a-credit-score-mean-to-you.html

Goedeker’s College Scholarship

Amount: $500-grand prize, $100-two honorable mentions

Deadline: July 31, 2014


  • You must be enrolled in at an accredited college
  • You can be in any grade level freshman to senior
  • Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply
  • Any major of Field of study is accepted

Application: For additional information and instructions on how to apply go to http://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship

Amount: (2) $10,000 and (4) $5000

Deadline: August 1, 2014


  • Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university for the 2014 Fall Semester
  • Candidate must have a declared major of Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry or a related life science field
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Applicants must complete an applicant and submit unofficial transcripts ( if selected, an official transcript will be required)

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to:http://www.pierce-antibodies.com/PierceScholarship/index.cfm

Kaplan Group Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: August 11, 2014


  • Applicant can be undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a business or law-oriented degree program
  • Must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Eligible fields of study MBA, Finance, Accounting, Law, Management, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Business Administration

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.kaplancollectionagency.com/scholarship/

Thermo Scientific

Amount: (2) $10,000 and (4) $5000

Deadline: August 1, 2014


  • Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college of university for the 2014 Fall semester
  • Applicant must be majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related life science field
  • Graduate students must have received a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Freshmen must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale

Application: For more information and to apply go online to http://www.pierce-antibodies.com/PierceScholarship/?preheader

CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest

Amount: (2) $500 

Deadline: October 15, 2014


  • Applicant must be a current student who is U.S. resident
  • Open to all fields of study
  • Must show proof of enrollment to receive scholarship

Application: Create a video under 3 minutes long, on one of these topics: What it means to live in America, My first memory of a Mustang, How the auto industry changed America, What a Mustang teaches me about life, or How a Mustang relates to your field of study.  You can be inspirational, funny, serious, educational, or even musical.  For more information on how to apply and submit your video go to http://www.cjponyparts.com/cj-pony-parts-scholarship-video-contest

Giva Semi-Annual Student Scholarship Award

Amount: $1000 

Deadline: June 1st and December 1st


  • Must perform some community service volunteer work
  • All students, regardless of major, currently attending a college
  • Can be full or part-time 

Application: For more information and to apply go online to http://www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp

Print Detective Scholarship

Amount: $500 

Deadline: December 1, 2014


  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Must be a full time undergraduate, or graduate student, or a high school senior planning to attend college in 2014-2015
  • You must have a current GPA or 3.0 or higher
  • Use your creativity to design your very own T-shirt, upload your custom T-shirt to Facebook and then get all your friends and family to vote for your design.
  • The entrant who gets the most votes will win

Application: For instructions and to upload your photo go to http://www.printdetective.com/scholarship

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship Award

Amount: $500 

Deadline: August 13, 2014


  • Must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college with the United States
  • Submissions must be in by 11:59pm on August 13th
  • One submission per person
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa
  • Email must include: Full Name, Twitter Name, Address, Phone, School Name, GPA, Date of Birth, and Parent and Guardian name if under 18.

Application: Can you tell a story in exactly 100 characters? That’s the idea behind our new scholarship contest. Being constrained to exactly 100 characters will spark your creative juices and force you to focus stringently on word choice, sentence structure, and even punctuation. Yes, spaces count too!! You pick the topic/theme/genre. Check out some samples and get more information at http://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/scholarship/

American Bullion Scholarship

Amount: (10) $250

Deadline: January 1, 2015


  • Scholarship essay must be a minimum of 500 works, maximum of 2,000 words
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university within the United States
  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid U.S. student visa
  • One submission per person
  • Essays that fail to meet the above requirements will be disregarded
  • Winners may have their essay featured on the American Bullion website, Facebook page, and blog.

Application: For more information and to apply go to http://www.americanbullion.com/scholarship/ , complete the form provided and include the 500 – 2,000 word essay answering the question “Why is gold a good investment for future generations?

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: December 1, 2014


  • Current college student or anyone planning on attending college in the upcoming school year
  • Student must have a valid driver’s license

Application: 1. Create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving. 2. Once you have completed Step 1, proceed to filling out the application at http://www.insuranceproviders.com/look-twice-save-a-life-scholarship. 3. Submit a link to your video, artwork, essay or creative element of your choice in the final step of the application form

Havahart Wireless

Amount: $500

Deadline: November 7, 2014


  • Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa
  • Incoming Freshmen in Spring 2015 are eligible to enter
  • Submission of an essay/application gives Havahart® Wireless permission to use the applicant’s name and essay on any and all marketing collateral, including web use.
  • The essay must be unique and original, and must not have been previously published on the web

Application: For more information and directions for submission go to: http://www.havahartwireless.com/scholarship

Last Updated: 10/21/14