South Dakota Opportunities Scholarship:
Due: September 1st
ACT SCORE: Have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher before the beginning of postsecondary education. If using a SAT score, the sum of the verbal and mathematics scores on the SAT must be at least 1090 (testing before January 2016) or 1180 (testing after March 2016).
CURRICULUM / GPA: Complete the high school course requirements (see Curriculum Requirements webpage) with no final grade below a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (grade of "B") prior to graduation (NOTE: One unit of high school credit equals one year of instruction).
ATTENDANCE: Attend a university, college, or technical school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and that provides instruction from a campus located in South Dakota.
To meet the curriculum requirements for the Opportunity Scholarship, all recipients must receive a "C" or higher on all coursework including:
4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis may be included to meet this requirement).
3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S. government, and similar courses).
4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics [algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or similar courses.
4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory is scheduled each week).
1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music, as well as approved extracurricular activity).
2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two:
Approved Career and Technical Education Courses
Modern or Classical Language (Includes American Sign Language; all units must be in the same language)
1/2 unit of Personal Finance or Economics
1/2 unit of Physical Education
1/2 unit of Health or Health Integration (Students entering high school after July 2013)
Build Dakota Scholarship:
Build Dakota is a new scholarship program created through a $50 million investment funded by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million contribution from the South Dakota Future Fund.
Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to skilled scholars entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota technical colleges.
Board of Regents Scholarships:
BOR scholarships are for students going to one of the Public Universities in South Dakota(NSU, BHSU, SDSU, DSU, USD, School of Mines)