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There are 33,044 full time students in the 24 colleges and universities of South Dakota

Augustana College Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Black Hills State University Spearfish, South Dakota
Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Dakota State University Madison, South Dakota
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, South Dakota
Globe University Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Kilian Community College Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, South Dakota
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, South Dakota
Mount Marty College Yankton, South Dakota
National American University Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
National American University Rapid City Rapid City, South Dakota
National American University Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Northern State University Aberdeen, South Dakota
Oglala Lakota College Kyle, South Dakota
Presentation College Aberdeen, South Dakota
Sinte Gleska University Mission, South Dakota
Sisseton Wahpeton College Sisseton, South Dakota
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, South Dakota
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, South Dakota
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, South Dakota

State Department of Education
South Dakota Department of Education

800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3455

State Higher Education Agency
South Dakota Board of Regents

Suite 200
306 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2545
Phone: (605) 773-3455

Special Education Agency
Special Education Programs
South Dakota State Department of Education

Suite 200
306 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2545
Phone: (605) 773-3455

State Adult Education Agency
Adult Education
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

123 W. Missouri Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773.3101

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South Dakota Board of Regents

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South Dakota Scholarships

Future of Assisted Living Scholarship - is sponsoring three scholarships of $2000 each to three essay winners. Applicants are judged based on their 500 - 750 word essay. The essay topic is: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assist living facilities in your town? Applicants must e-mail the essay, a 250 word introductory, and a signed Scholarship Award Agreement to 

AGC Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship - The AGC Education and Research Foundation will give up to 100 candidates $2500. This is renewable award for up to two years. There is a cap on the scholarship of $7500. Applicants must attend a school accredited by the American Council for Construction Engineers (ACCE) or the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The student must also be looking for a degree in construction or engineering. This is only for American students. They must have a 2.0 GPA.​

AGCO Dealer Scholarship - The applicant must be a member of the FFA. They must be under 23 and a high school senior or an undergraduate student. The student must be taking at least 12 credit hours. They can go for any major.

Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship  - This scholarship is for $1,000. This amount is for the year with the amount being divided between Fall and Spring semesters. This scholarship is not renewable. Only one award is given out every year. This scholarship is specifically designed for women over the age of twenty-three. This is specifically for undergraduate education. Funds can be used for anything related to the beneficiary's education including tuition, room and board, and books.

Alpha Gamma RHO Educational Foundation Scholarship - This award is only offered to male high school students. They must be planning to attend a school that has a chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho. They must also attend full time and study a major related to agriculture.

Army ROTC Scholarship  - If you're between the ages of 17 and 26, the United States Army might be a great option for you to not only continue your education but also serve your country. To apply, you must be a US citizen between the ages of 18 and 26. You must also have graduated high school with a GPA of 2.5 (there may be options for people who have dropped out of school or have a lower GPA). Your ACT scores must be 19 or higher. There are also physical requirements. Lastly, you must agree to at least four years of service and four years of Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). The US Army will pay for a person's entire college education in certain circumstances. Many variables and restrictions apply, so talk to your army recruiter today. And thank you for your service.

Augustana University Hatterscheidt Scholarship - Every year, one person can get up to $2000 for their first year at Augustana University. This is amount not renewable. This scholarship is for South Dakota high school seniors who have been accepted into Augustana University. The selected candidate must have a 3.0 GPA based on a regular scale. The candidate must also show insufficient funds to pay for the tuition.

BNSF Railway Company Scholarship - The National Future Farmers of America Organization (FFO) sponsors this $1250 scholarship annually. This can be renewed for three years as long as the students remain enrolled full time with over a 3.0 GPA. They offer ten scholarships in ten different states. They accept one candidate from every state. The ten states are California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas. This scholarship is intended for members of the Future Farmers of America. Applicants must also be a high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Catholic United Financial Post-High School Tuition Scholarship - This religious organization offers up to $500 for people to further their higher education. The number of awards given every year varies. Past recipients cannot apply after they have already won. Applicants must be a member of the Catholic United Financial group for at least two years. Benefits can be $500 for applicants going to a Catholic college. For non-Catholic colleges, benefits can be $300.

College Steps Program Scholarship - Wells Fargo sponsors this scholarship for $5000 or $500 for the grand prize winner and first place winners, respectfully. It is nonrenewable. They send out 168 awards every year. 84 awards go to high school students.84 awards go to college students.

Displaced Homemaker Scholarship - Another South Dakota scholarship sponsored by the Association on American Indian Affairs, this scholarship is aimed to help homemakers further their education. Many people put education and career on hold to support a family, and this scholarship is to encourage those people to continues their dreams. The scholarship is for $1500. 

EMU National Scholars Program - This renewable award will pay up to $15,000 for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for people who want to attend Eastern Michigan University. Getting the best education possible is important. Sometimes out-of-tuition costs can be significantly higher than expected, preventing this. 

Florence Young Memorial Scholarship - The Association on American Indian Affairs sponsors this $1500 scholarship every year. The amount is sent directly to the school for tuition. Half is sent each semester. While the scholarship is not renewable, the winners may reapply the following year. Four winners were announced last year, but this varies from year to year. Applicants must send in verification of their status as a member of a Native American Tribe. They must also send a personal essay no longer than three pages.​

Haines Memorial Scholarship - The South Dakota Board of Regents gives one student $2150. This is not renewable. $1075 is given to the student in the fall semester, and the remaining $1075 is given to the student in a spring semester.

Heart of America Scholarship - The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) sponsor a scholarship for two students every year. The scholarship is of $1000 that is not renewable.

Herb Affair Scholarship - The Herb Affair Scholarship Award is offering $1000 to one candidate who is enrolled in college. This scholarship is open to most students. You must be enrolled in an accredited university, and you must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. To apply, the applicant must write a 500-word essay on the benefits of holistic treatments as opposed to pharmaceutical medications.

I Have A Dream Scholarship - Every year, Unigo Group gives $1500 to a recipient who writes the best essay regarding the topic of civil rights.Applicants must be 13 years old and legal residents are attending an American school.

Inheritance of Hope Scholarship - The Inheritance of Hope will provide $1000 for one student. This is not renewable. Applicants must be seniors in high school. They must be a US citizen. They must also have parents with a terminal illness. Applicants must submit an application, a doctor's note, and a video answering three questions.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation Midwestern Regional Chapter  

Marc Endowment Scholarship - Awarded by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha, one applicant is given $1400. This scholarship is not renewable. Awards are made directly to the college of the selected candidate's choice.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship - One student will receive $1500 for their college education for this, not renewable scholarship. Online applications are due on August 31st. To apply for this scholarship, the candidate must turn in a complete application with an original response to an essay question. Comedy is encouraged

Marlin R. Scarborough Memorial Scholarship - The South Dakota Board of Regents offers one student $1500. This scholarship is not renewable. $750 is given at each semester. Students must be a South Dakota resident. They must also be attending a public South Dakota university. Must fill out the application and submit a personal essay.

MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship - This scholarship is specifically for students in the Midwest who are enrolled in a program in the medical field. This program can be an undergraduate or graduate program. Students must reside in the states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There is a similar scholarship for people in Western states.

NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarship  - Four candidates are given a scholarship amount of $3500. This scholarship is sponsored by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA). The candidates are chosen in June of every year at the NIADA Convention.This is an academic scholarship. Applicants are selected based on academic achievements and ACT or SAT scores.

NSHSS Tesoro Youth Leadership Awards Scholarship - To encourage young people doing good in their communities, the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation offers twenty young leaders a scholarship of $2500. The student must answer a question on the application in 500 words and provide a recommendation. They must also submit a color headshot for the website.

Owana Anderson Scholarship - The Association on American Affairs is offering $1500 to an uncertain amount of female students. This scholarship is not renewable, but students can reapply every year. The applicant must be a female who is a United States citizen. The applicant must also be a junior in college and member of a recognized Native American tribe.

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship - The Presbyterian Mission Agency is offering up to $2000 to a candidate who answer a series of essay questions the best at the discretion of the judges. Applicants must have been in school for at least a year and in good standing (have a 2.5 GPA or better). The applicant must also be working toward a Bachelor degree. They must also prove financial need. As part of the application, a leader in the applicant's local church must fill out answered about the candidate's religious conviction and leadership capabilities.

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship - Roughly 1200 candidates are selected every year to receive $6500 for their college career. The students will get this amount distributed throughout their four years at a school. If students maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours every year, they get $1300 a year for three years. For the fourth year, they get $2600.

South Dakota Retailers Association Jerry Wheeler Scholarship - The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is looking to help students interested in a career in retail accomplish this goal by assisting with education costs. A committee will decide how to allocate the funds. Last year, the association gave $9800 in scholarships. They ranged in amounts from $500 to $1600.Applicants must be studying a field related to a retail career, and many fields can be seen as about retail. 

SWE Region H Scholarship - The Society of Women Engineers offers two awards every year in the amounts of $1250 and $1500 to encourage women to succeed in the male-dominated field of engineering. This award in not renewable. Must be a female in the engineering field or computer science. She must be done with at least one year of your college career and enrolled full time. She must also have a GPA of at least 3.0. The applicant must also live in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, or Indiana. Must submit two letters of recommendation. One must be from a professional in math or science field. The other letter must be from someone who has had a relationship with the applicant for at least two years.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship - The theme is: "Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it's the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell us about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you." Students above the age of 13 are welcome to submit an essay on this topic. The student must be 13 years old. The student must be a US citizen. All students who meet this criterion are encouraged to apply.The Unigo group will be giving $1500 to one student. 

Vincent L Hawkinson Foundation - We live in a world full of violence. Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and the Vincent L Hawkinson Foundation are trying to make the world a more peaceful place with their scholarship for the "pursuit of peace and justice". The scholarship is for $4000 - $5000. Applicants must be students in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin. All perspective candidates must be available for a personal interview and award ceremony in Minneapolis.

Yanez & Associates - Law Scholarship  - For the second time, Yanez & Associates will be giving a scholarship to two essay winners. First place will win a $2000 scholarship. Second place winner will receive $1000. The essay will be about family law issues. It also must be 2000 words in length. All applicants must be in law school or pending acceptance to their law school program.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship - $2000 goes to one student for college expenses. This is not renewable. All US students should apply! It does not matter what your grades are or what your financial situation is. Students must write an essay regarding the topic of a Zombie Apocalypse.

South Dakota Farmers Union Scholarships - Amount: $1,000 - Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be freshman at a post-secondary institution of higher learning and those currently in their freshman year of school at the post-secondary level. Applicant must attend, or plan to attend, an in-state post-secondary college, university or technical school.

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship - Amount: $1,300 - Scholarship is open residents of South Dakota at the time of high school graduation with at least a 24 on the ACT or 1090 on the SAT and who had a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 prior to graduation. Applicant must attend a university, college, or technical school that provides instruction from a campus located in South Dakota.

NEWH | North Central Chapter Scholarship - Amount: Up to $4,500 - Scholarship is open to students attending an accredited college in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Wisconsin. Applicant must have completed at least half the requirements for a degree and must be pursuing a career objective in the Hospitality industry (Hotel/Restaurant management, Culinary, Food Service, Architecture, Design, etc.)

Hagan Scholarships - Amount: Up to $5,000 each semester - Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and from a rural area (a county with less than 50,000 people). Applicant must live in an eligible state (see website for details – Middle America) and demonstrate financial need.

Midwest Member Chapter Scholarships - Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors who will be enrolling in college for the fall semester, or a First, Second, or Third year student currently enrolled in a full-accredited college or university.

Celebrate the West High School Art Competition - Amount: Up to $1,200 - Competition is open to high school students (grades 9-12) in public, private, charter, and alternative schools. Home-schooled students in that age group also may enter.