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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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As an incoming undergrad, you can apply for multiple scholarships to offset - or even completely fund - your education.

There are opportunities for every kind of student. You can find scholarships based on grades, athletic achievement, community service, cultural background, and much more. The Dakota State University Foundation and other South Dakota-centric organizations sponsor the awards below.

DSU General Scholarships

The scholarship application opens on July 15 and closes on December 15.

Apply for a General Scholarship

*Please note, that this application is for consideration of ALL General Academic Scholarships.

The DSU Champion Annual Scholarships were established in 2003 as a four-year guarantee of $4,000 ($1,000 per year). You don’t need to apply for Champion Scholarships—we award them automatically based on certain academic criteria upon admission.

DSU Presidential Champion at $20,000 ($5,000 per year)

  • ACT score of 32-36, or an SAT score of 1420 or higher.
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Elite Champion at $14,000 ($3,500 per year)

  • ACT score of 28-31, or an SAT score of 1300-1410.
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Merit Champion at $10,000 ($2,500 per year)

  • ACT score of 24-27 or an SAT score of 1160-1290.
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Achievement Champion at $6000 ($1500 per year)

  • ACT score of 21-23 or an SAT score of 1060-1150.
  • 4.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Achievement Champion at $6000 ($1500 per year)

  • No ACT or SAT score is required.
  • 4.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Achievement Champion at $4000 ($1000 per year)

  • ACT score of 21-23 or an SAT score of 1060-1150.
  • Minimum 3.5-3.99 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Achievement Champion at $4000 ($1000 per year)

  • No ACT or SAT score is required.
  • Minimum 3.5-3.99 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Achievement Champion at $3,000 ($750 per year)

  • ACT score of 21-23 or an SAT score of 1060-1150.
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA evaluated each semester and complete 30 DSU Credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

Each level is dependent on a specific ACT score. The scholarships are renewable with full-time continuous enrollment, completing 30 DSU taught credits per academic year, and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, GPA is evaluated after each semester.

DSU Champion Transfer Scholarship

New Transfers - $1,500 Per Year Complete the Transfer Champion Scholarship application prior to the semester you plan to enroll at dsu.edu/scholarships.

  • 24-36 ACT and a 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Enroll and Complete 12 credit hours per semester since enrollment into post-secondary education.
  • Have completed less than 4 years of post-secondary education.
  • Less than 4 years out of high school.

OR

  • 3.5 cumulative college GPA
  • Enroll and complete 12 credit hours per semester since enrollment into post-secondary education, with a minimum of 24 earned credits.
  • Have completed less than 4 years of post-secondary education.
  • Less than 4 years out of high school.

APPLY FOR THE CHAMPION TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP

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 if you complete 30 DSU credits per academic year, maintain continuous full-time enrollment, and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, GPA is evaluated after each semester. 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).

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

DSU Rising Scholarship

The DSU Rising Annual Scholarships were established as a four-year guarantee of up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year). You don’t need to apply for DSU Rising Scholarships—we award them automatically based on certain academic criteria upon admission.

$20,000 ($5,000 per year)

Qualifications:

  • ACT score of 30-36, or an SAT score of 1360 or higher.
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school GPA.
  • Enrollment requires an undergraduate degree program within The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.
  • Maintain a 3.25 Cumulative GPA, GPA is evaluated after each semester.
  • Complete 30 DSU credits per academic year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.
  • Incoming freshman.

DSU Transfer Rising Scholarship

$5,000 per year, up to 8 semesters of enrollment including prior colleges and universities.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program within the Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences
  • 25 cumulative college GPA
  • ACT of 30 or higher or comparable SAT score.
  • Have completed less than 4 years of post-secondary education.

Once you’ve started classes at DSU, you will no longer be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Once the scholarship is awarded to you, however, it is renewable if you attempt and complete 30 DSU credits per academic year and maintain a 3.25 GPA evaluated on a semester basis. 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).

APPLY TO THE TRANSFER RISING SCHOLARSHIP

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The CyberCorps and Cybersecurity Scholarship Programs award high-achieving, driven students in security degree programs following their sophomore year at DSU. These programs are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

CyberCorps Scholarship Requirements

Cyber Security Scholarship Program (CYSP)

If “persistence” is your middle name, here’s the opportunity for you. Established in 2018, the Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship helps high school seniors who have persevered despite great obstacles. We’re looking for applicants who have critical financial needs and demonstrate determination and integrity while overcoming adversity.

The scholarship is awarded $10,000, dispersed throughout your college experience.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be committed to completing a bachelor's degree at Dakota State University.
  • Be a current high school senior with plans to enroll at DSU.
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or less family income required).
  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • Be involved in community service activities.
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Be a United States citizen.

HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIP

Received annually from the Hatterscheidt Foundation, these scholarships are awarded to residents of South Dakota who are in the upper 30% of their current year's high school graduating class and in need of financial assistance. DSU will provide application material to qualified candidates.

The South Dakota Freedom Scholarship is available to a limited number of South Dakota resident students with unmet financial need. Recipients of the scholarship must commit in writing to live and work in South Dakota for three years after graduation. Visit the South Dakota Freedom Scholarship website for a full listing of eligibility requirements.

South Dakota Freedom Scholarship

If you are graduating from a South Dakota high school, you can apply for the following scholarships:

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship


Dakota Corps Scholarship

Annis I. Fowler/Kaden Scholarship

But wait – there's more!

We've compiled a short list of scholarships offered by organizations that aren't associated with the Dakota State University Foundation.

Amount: up to $30,000

Deadline: July 15 each year

Criteria:

  • Be a full-time degree-seeking student
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need through the submission of a Financial Needs form and FAFSA

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Monthly rolling deadline

Criteria:

  • 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 $1,000 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

Search Campus Explorer

Citizens wants to honor the dedication of students and families pursuing higher learning! Fill out the registration form to be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $15,000 to use towards school expenses and one of the $2,500 monthly prizes for use towards school expenses. Additionally, each quarter a student who meets the required criteria for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Prize will be eligible to win a $2,500 quarterly prize for use towards school expenses.

Apply for the citizens Scholarship

Requirements:

  1. Must be a full-time college student
  2. Must work at Classic Corner minimum of 20hrs/ wk during the school year and a minimum of 30hrs /wk during the summer
  3. Must score average or above on yearly merit reviews and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Benefits :

After completion of a full year, the following amounts will be paid out to help with tuition. The amounts will be paid directly to the financial aid office and applied to your account.

  1. Year One: $1,000
  2. Year Two: $1,000
  3. Year Three: $1,500
  4. Year Four: $1,500

Note: When applying please reference the tuition assistance program.

For more information contact:

Shannon Kauffman
Owner/ Partner
Classic Corner
(605) 256-0338
Email

Application for 2024 is now open.

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Scholarships can be awarded to any volunteer who is age 21 or younger and has volunteered for a minimum of 100 hours through DAV or DAV Auxiliary.

Scholarships can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning; including universities, colleges, community colleges, vocational schools, etc.

Apply for the DAV Scholarship

Amount: Range from $500 to $1000

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Eligibility: 

Financial need or high academic achievement shall not be mandatory criteria for a recipient to be granted a scholarship.  Scholarships are limited to graduates who have attended Aberdeen Central High School for at least two years. Scholarships are also limited to sophomore, junior, or senior year expenses of students attending a four-year accredited university or college who have demonstrated leadership skills, civic or community involvement, and a sincere concern for others. Although preference is to be given to applicants majoring in Business, other major courses of study may also be considered. Candidates may be awarded the scholarship for multiple years and must apply every year.

Applications are available online at
https://www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us/o/district/page/doolittle-memorial-endowment,
or may be picked up at the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation Office or in the Student Services area at Aberdeen Central High School. If you would like an application emailed to you, please contact Gretchen.Sharp@k12.sd.us.

Application

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 15, 2024

Eligibility:
We are looking for undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited universities within the United States and high school seniors who have been accepted into a university program for summer or fall semester 2024.

Applicant must also meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or a holder of a valid student visa
  • Must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a full-time undergraduate program in an accredited US university or college
  • Must be 18 years old or older

To Apply:

Write a 300-word essay on one of the following topics:

  • Innovative Uses of Recycled Metals in Design and Construction
  • The Role of Metals in Sustainable Development
  • The Impact of Metal 3D Printing on Manufacturing
  • Metals in Renewable Energy Technologies

Send your essay to scholarship@industrialmetalservice.co as an attached PDF file along with the following details:

  • Your full name
  • The name of your school
  • Your major
  • Your expected graduation date (for high school seniors only)
  • An example of how you’ve recycled in the past
  • Use the subject line: Industrial Metal Service $1,000 Scholarship | (Your Full Name)

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Amount: Three Scholarships of $1,000 each are funded annually by the Johnsen-Herschleb Endowment.

Deadline: April 1

Criteria:

1. Scholarships are limited to Aberdeen Central High School seniors and alumni in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of college.

2. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

3. Applicants must major in the field of business or fine arts.

4. Applicants must demonstrate academic success and leadership.

Application:

To Apply applications may be picked up at the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation Office or in the Student Services area at Aberdeen Central High School or online at https://www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us/o/chs/page/scholarships. If you would like an application emailed to you, please contact gretchen.sharp@k12.sd.us

Application opens January 1, 2024, and the deadline is June 15th, 2024

Students awarded the scholarship, and who continue to meet eligibility requirements, will receive funding annually as follows:

$6,000 as a Freshmen
$6,000 as a Sophomore
$8,000 as a Junior
$10,000 as a Senior

To be eligible, students should be from a small town with a population of fewer than $25,000 people and have a family household income of $55,000 or less. We seek those who are highly motivated, have a track record of excelling in projects or winning science/math awards and demonstrate a passion for STEM studies. Strong performance in math and science (3.5 GPA or above, AP courses. mostly A's) is also valued.

The Lariat Future Innovators Foundation - STEM Scholarship Application

Amount: $500

Deadline:

Criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Lake County
  • Must have completed at least 1 semester of college
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in at least 12 credit hours

Application: Send a resume including name, age, and name and residence of parents, extracurricular activities, goals, and work experience, names and addresses of 2 references, and a college transcript to:

Connie Daniel
23853 461st Ave.
Wentworth, S.D., 57075

Eligibility:

  • Be a full-time student at a partner school
  • Meet your institution's academic requirements
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 19 hours per week during the school year
  • Work 90 days with a satisfactory performance rating
  • Cannot currently be employed with a competitor of First PREMIER Bank or PREMIER Bankcard
  • Scholarship winners are not benefits-eligible
Once a student receives the PREMIER Business Scholarship, they are eligible every year they work for PREMIER and attend school (Maximum of 4 years)

Apply for the scholarship by applying for a qualifying job

Amount: Maximum amount is $2,500.

Deadline

January 6, 2025, or until scholarship dollars have been awarded.

Eligibility Requirements

Enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited post-secondary institution or continuous education program.
  • Two-year Schools
  • Four-year Schools
  • Vocational/Technical certificate/certification program
  • Will complete their degree or program by the end of the Spring 2025 semester (can be either Fall 2024 or Spring 2025).
  • Current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
  • Be a diverse candidate
  • Diverse shall include, but not limited to: (Gender, Disability, Race, Ethnicity, Belonging to an underserved community)
  • Able to demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • Demonstrate good moral character in all aspects of your life, including personal, professional, educational, in your community, and online presence

Apply for the SallieMae Completing the Dream Scholarship

Amount: Varied
Several scholarships are available for incoming freshmen, as well as current students.

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Amount: $1,000 to $4,000

Deadline: January 15

Eligibility: The SDSWMA Scholarship Program, an entity of the South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association (SDSWMA), provides scholarships annually to students pursuing vocational trade degrees for Commercial Driver’s License, Heavy Equipment Operations, Diesel Technology, Environmental Technicians, GPS/Computer Technicians, etc. Preference is given to South Dakota residents intending to study at South Dakota colleges. Applicants must also intend to enroll for the fall semester.

To apply:

  • Submit a cover letter including the following:
    • Contact Information – please provide a permanent mailing address
    • Interests
    • Background
    • Work history and/or extra-curricular activity
    • Financial need
    • Goals for the future and career goals
  • Applicants must furnish a copy of their most recent grade transcript. This scholarship is not solely awarded based on grades or overall GPA. We are more interested in your dedication and goals for the future.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • High School seniors applying for a scholarship must include an acceptance certificate from the post-secondary institution they will be attending.
  • Submit application letters via email to: sdsolidwaste@yahoo.com or through the mail at the following address:
    • SDSWMA Scholarship Program
      1616 Melody Lane
      Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Application letters must be emailed or postmarked no later than January 15 of each year, for the following school year.
  • Further information can be obtained by contacting SDSWMA by phone (605-216-3256) or sending an email to SDSWMA at sdsolidwaste@yahoo.com.

Amount: Varied
Several scholarships are available for incoming freshmen, as well as current students.

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Amount: 3 Scholarships at $2000 each

Deadline: June 14, 2024

Eligibility:
A High School Diploma, GED equivalent or will have it at graduation in 2024;
Accepted into or attending a multi-year program degree at any accredited technical college or other accredited post-secondary higher education institution in South Dakota for the fall 2024 semester;

Are majoring in a degree/program or field of study that is useful in the telecommunications or broadband industry or which significantly relies on the use of broadband services and related technologies (examples of majors eligible for this scholarship can be found listed below and

A customer/member or have a parent or legal guardian that is a customer/member of a SDTA member company.

Previous SDTA Memorial Scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.

Application and additional information

Deadline: May 3, 2024

TC Energy is offering 880 scholarships, valued at up to $5,000 each, to students living in communities that host their projects across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. This program is designed to support the next generation of community leaders by investing in their education and training to build a strong and skilled workforce for the future.

To be eligible for a TC Energy scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:
• Be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year
• Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, the U.S. or Mexico
• Be located in a community near TC Energy’s operations or projects
• Would benefit from supplementary education funding

For more information or to apply click here

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1st each year.

Criteria:

  • High School Senior who lives on the Standing Rock Reservation
  • Graduating high school in either South Dakota or North Dakota
  • Applicants will reflect the values of personal integrity, individual character, and demonstrated interest in humanitarian issues.

Application and additional information

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