Scholarships

Build Dakota Scholarship
Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals. Recipients of the full-ride scholarships will commit to living and working in the state, in their field of study, for three years following graduation. The full-ride scholarships will support tuition, fees, books and other required program expenses in the eligible technical institute programs.

Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship
Provides financial assistance to SD high school graduates who attend an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota and promise to work in a critical teaching need occupation in South Dakota for five years after graduating from a participating postsecondary institution.

Dakota Corps Scholarship
Provides full tuition to SD high school students who promise to enter a critical need occupation in South Dakota following completion of the program of study.

Davis-Bahcall Scholarship
All-expense paid summer-study program to study physics, plus a variety of other science and engineering topics. Spend two weeks at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and travel to research laboratories within the United States and possibly in Italy.

Hagen-Harvey Scholarship
Provides $6,000 over four years for study at a South Dakota post-secondary institution to enrolled members of American Indian Tribes.

SD Opportunity Scholarship
Provides $5,000 over four years to a qualifying student who attends an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota.

US Senate Youth Program Scholarship
Nationwide youth program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for a brief on-site introduction to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate.

US Presidential Scholars Program
The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking candidates for the state’s nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholars. The program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and, since that time, has honored more than 7,000 outstanding high school seniors. In 2015, President Obama amended the program by adding a new component – recognition for excellence among students in career and technical education (CTE).