Statewide Scholarship Bulletin Board:
This Statewide Scholarship Bulletin Board aims to provide students across South Dakota a platform to search numerous scholarship opportunities. In addition to scholarships managed by the state of South Dakota and its public universities and colleges, this bulletin board lists scholarships from outside organizations. This is not an exhaustive list. Your high school, college of attendance or community may offer local scholarships not featured here.
the Freedom Scholarship offers a statewide opportunity for students to help pay for college, as they help build South Dakota’s workforce. By demonstrating financial need and meeting scholarship requirements, students can use the scholarship toward any bachelor’s degree.
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:
The Build Dakota Scholarship is a South Dakota workforce development initiative that offers full-ride scholarships to students attending one of South Dakota’s four technical colleges in a high-need field. In return for the full-ride scholarship, the scholars agree to work in that field, in South Dakota, for 3 years upon completion of the program. The application window is January 1-March 31.
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)