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/

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

Last Updated: 8/4/14