Scholarships

Get rewarded for your hard work.

Last year, we gave over $780,000 in academic, athletic, and other scholarships. Every year, we look to top that number and ensure that we’re helping students make their dreams come true. 

Many, but not all, scholarships can be applied for via our General Scholarship Application.

We also encourage you to look for outside scholarships from your high school, Fastweb, and others.

Academic scholarships

You don’t need to apply for these scholarships—we award them automatically based on certain academic criteria upon admission. Here’s a list of our merit-based scholarships and the criteria for each one STARTING ACADEMIC YEAR 2019 - 2020:

DSU Presidential Champion Scholarship:

$5,000 per year

This scholarship is for incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 32-36 or an SAT score* of 1420 or higher. DSU Presidential Champion Scholarship recipients need to have a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.

The Presidential Champion Scholarship awards $5,000 per year for up to four years (for up to a total of $20,000). In order to renew this scholarship each year, you’ll need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment with a minimum of 12 DSU credits per semester.

DSU Elite Champion Scholarship:

$3,500 per year

This scholarship is for incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 28-31 or an SAT score* of 1300-1410. DSU Elite Champion Scholarship recipients need to have a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.

The Elite Champion Scholarship awards $3,500 per year for up to four years (for up to a total of $14,000). In order to renew this scholarship each year, you’ll need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment with a minimum of 12 DSU credits per semester.

DSU Merit Champion Scholarship:

$2,500 per year

Our DSU Merit Champion Scholarship is available for incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 24-27 or an SAT score* of 1160-1290. You’ll also need to have a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.

This scholarship awards $2,500 per year for up to four years (for up to a total of $10,000). In order to renew this scholarship each year, you’ll need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment with a minimum of 12 DSU credits per semester.

DSU Achievement Champion Scholarship:

$750 per year

Our DSU Achievement Champion Scholarship is available for incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 21-23 or an SAT score* of 1060-1140. You’ll also need to have a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.

This scholarship awards $750 per year for up to four years (for up to a total of $3,000). In order to renew this scholarship each year, you’ll need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment with a minimum of 12 DSU credits per semester.

DSU Rising Scholarship:

$5,000 per year

This scholarship is for incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 30-36 or an SAT score* of 1360 or higher. DSU Rising Scholarship recipients need to have a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA. Must enroll in an undergraduate degree program within The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

The Presidential Champion Scholarship awards $5,000 per year for up to four years (for up to a total of $20,000). In order to renew this scholarship each year, you’ll need to maintain a 3.25 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment (excluding summer) with a minimum of 24 DSU credits per academic year.  

Center of Excellence Annual Scholarship

Open to incoming CEX students who have a 3.5 or higher high school GPA, this scholarship may be renewable, per the Director of the Center of Excellence.

* Please note that we calculate the sum of your Critical Reading and Mathematics scores when compiling SAT equivalencies.

Transfer student scholarships

If you’re transferring to DSU from another university or institute, we have just the scholarship for you. Please note that you do need to fill out an application (PDF) to apply for our Transfer Champion Scholarship.

Transfer Champion Scholarship

To qualify, you need an ACT score of 24 or higher or SAT Score of 1160 or higher, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. You also need to show continuous full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) since high school graduation at your current post-secondary institution or college, OR 3.75 cumulative college GPA with a minimum of 24 earned credits.

Be less than four years out of high school. 

Please note that, once you’ve started classes at DSU, you will no longer be eligible for this scholarship. Once the scholarship is awarded to you, however, it is renewable as long as you attempt and complete 12 DSU credits per semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is only available for eight semesters of enrollment, which includes the semesters completed at your other post-secondary institution(s) or college(s).

Transfer DSU Rising Scholarship

To qualify, you need an ACT score of 30 or higher or SAT score of 1360 or higher, and a cumulative GPA of 3.25. You also need to show continuous full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) since high school graduation at your current post-secondary institution. You must enroll in a degree program within the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. 

Be less than four years out of high school. 

Please note that, once you’ve started classes at DSU, you will no longer be eligible for this scholarship. Once the scholarship is awarded to you, however, it is renewable as long as you attempt and complete 24 DSU credits per academic year and maintain a 3.25 GPA. This scholarship is only available for eight semesters of enrollment, which includes the semesters completed at your other post-secondary institution(s) or college(s). Please fill out the DSU Rising Scholarhip application here

Athletic scholarships

We offer a robust selection of annual athletic scholarships to student athletes. Check them out and see if you qualify.

Music scholarships

Our focus on technology doesn’t mean we’re not passionate about the arts. In fact, we’d like to reward you for your hard work and dedication with one of these scholarships.

William Ireland Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Madison High School graduates who participated in band.

Kingsmen Annual Scholarship

This annual scholarship is open to students who participate in vocal or instrumental music at DSU.

Hazel Devere Koch Trust Annual Scholarship

If you’re a student who participates in music at DSU, this may be the right scholarship for you.

Pape/Lotspeich Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Awarded by DSU music faculty, this scholarship is open to any student who is active in music at DSU. 

Ruth Holstad Swan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any non-traditional student who demonstrates financial need, merit, and participation in music. It may be renewable.

More scholarships

Cyber Corps Scholarships

Scholarships offered to DSU students through federal grants from the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation. Renewable full tuition and fees scholarships to attend DSU.

Learn more

Dakota Corps Scholarship

https://www.sdbor.edu/dakotacorps/Pages/welcome.aspx

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

https://sdos.sdbor.edu/

South Dakota Board of Regents Administered Scholarships

https://www.sdbor.edu/student-information/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/

Additional scholarship resources

Questions?

If you have questions about any of these scholarships or about the application process, please contact the Jill Corbin at 605-256-5307 or email jill.corbin@dsu.edu. We look forward to helping you in any way we can.