Outside Scholarships

Many different outside scholarship opportunities are available. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Scholarships@dsu.edu.

Please check this page regularly for updated scholarship opportunities!


Vacation Roost

Amount: Two $2,500

Deadline: June 1st for August Award and November 1st for January Award

Criteria

  • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be accepted to and/or attending a full- time higher education program at an accredited institution of learning.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA based on the previous year's academic performance.
  • 1,000 Word Essay – Write an essay of 1,000 words or less on the topic "How internet marketing has changed the world of business." Although not mandatory, we encourage you to publish your article online.
  • Outline of Career Objectives – In 500 words or less, describe your career objectives and how online marketing fits into your goals. Explain how this scholarship will help you achieve your academic and career pursuits. Consideration will be given to those who show an understanding of the connection between publishing content and online marketing
  • Fill Out and Submit the Online Application

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.vacationroost.com/about-us/community/scholarships


Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarships

Amount: $1000

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 $1000 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

Application: To Apply visit https://www.campusexplorer.com/campus-explorer-scholarships/


America's Best Blogging Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Biannual/Ongoing

Criteria:

  • Pick your favorite presidential candidate
  • In 300 words or less, tell us why that candidate has your vote

Application: To Apply, visit http://yourlocalsecurity.com/scholarship


StayFitInCollege.org Scholarship

Award: $700

Deadline: Every 7th of the month

Criteria:

  • Any student that has been accepted or attends a community college, technical/trade college, or university may apply.
  • Each Applicant will be asked to fill out a one-page application, and provide the campus address/location of their College Fitness Center.

Application: For more information and/or how to apply go to: http://www.stayfitincollege.org/scholarship-awards.html


Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships – Year round opportunities year review periodically

Award: Varies $500 - $2500

Deadline: Throughout the year based upon the specific scholarship administered by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

Criteria:

  • Varies based upon major, residence, year in college or may include involvements
  • Visit the site for more information

Application: To Apply, visit the main Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and link to the scholarships based upon your qualifications http://www.sfacf.org/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?CategoryID=6


The Alert Scholarship - ALERT - The drug and alcohol abuse prevention magazine by Golden West Publications

Amount: $500

Deadline: Open until awarded

Criteria:

  • You must currently be a high school senior, and your high school must be located in the following states:
    • South Dakota, Alaska, Colorado,Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, or Wyoming
  • You must have a grade point average of 2.5
  • You must have plans to attend college and the college can be in any state
  • You must have a grade point average of 2.5
  • Essay = 650 – 800 words on drug and alcohol abuse prevention

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php


P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant

Amount: Up to $3000

Deadline: Open

Criteria:

  • Female, continuing student in the United States or Canada
  • Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life
  • Within 24 months of completing her educational goal
  • Must be sponsored by a P.E.O. organization, if you don't have one, please contact the DSU Scholarship Office

Application: To Apply, visit http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projectsphilanthropies


Mary Chilton Chapter: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Amount: $2000

Deadline: Open

Criteria:

  • Descendant of a Vietnam Veteran
  • Must be attending a college, university, or technical school in South Dakota
  • student needs to provide proof of their relationship to the South Dakota Vietnam Veteran
  • A copy of the Veterans military record
  • Letters from two references outside of the family
  • Submit a transcript for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years plus a list of Senior subjects and a summary of community service activities in your school, church, community, and family
  • An essay of 200 words or less on “What impact the Vietnam War has had on American History”

Application: To Apply Contact, Mary Chilton Chapter NSDAR    520 S First Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57104   Telephone: 605-271-2595 or Email:DAR@midconetwork.com


Employee Ownership in America: A Scholarship Opportunity from SES Advisors

Amount: $1000

Deadline: May 16, 2014

Criteria

  • Currently enrolled full-time college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and high school seniors in the United States that will attend college
  • Pursuing a career in finance, accounting, employee benefits, or law
  • Must answer the following question in 500 words or less:  According the National Center for Employee Ownership, there were approximately 10,900 Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) in the Unites States at the end of 2011.  In 1998, there were approximately 11,000.  Although the assets held in ESOP plans have increased significantly over that time period, the number of plans has remained stagnant.  During the Great Recession, non-ESOP companies laid off employees at a rate greater than 12%, while ESOP companies laid off employees at a rate of less than 3%.  Because employees of ESOP companies were four times more likely to retain jobs during the Great Recession, the Federal government recognized savings of over $14 billion in 2010 compared to tax payments foregone by laid off employees of conventionally owned companies.  (Date source: 2010 General Social Survey) So why aren’t there more ESOP Companies in the US?  What is the future of employee ownership in America, and how can we broaden its reach?

Application:  To submit essay go to http://www.sesadvisors.com/esop-resources-articles-scholarship.htm


Scholarship from Heart on Your Wrist

Amount: $1000

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Criteria

  • All entries must original, and written by the applicant
  • You must be currently enrolled as a full-time college freshmen, sophomore, junior, or be a high school senior in the United States planning to attend college. 
  • Include a picture of yourself for bonus points.  You could be featured on our blog or Facebook page.
  • You need to write an essay (500 words maximum) that address the following question: What innovative ways do you see social media changing the way people buy jewelry?

Application:For more information and/or to apply go to:http://www.heartonyourwrist.com/scholarship/


 

BigSun Scholarship 2014

Amount: $500 the number of awards varies and is at the discretion of the scholarship award committee

Deadline: June 20, 2014

Criteria

  • Must be a student athlete, of any sport
  • The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute
  • Must write a short essay answering the following 3 part question:
    • What has your participation in sports affected who you are and how you relate to others? Include the personal relations with peers and others

Application: Submit your essay to athleticawards@bigsunathletics.com. For more information go online to http://www.bigsunathletics.com/.


 

Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship and Award

Amount: $2500

Deadline: July 1, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicants must live in or maintain residency in Lincoln or Minnehaha County of South Dakota – even if they may have attended school outside the area
  • Or they must attend a school in one of these two counties
  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree in business and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of business in American society
  • A motivation and ability to succeed, academic excellence, and community involvement are also criteria for this award

Application: For more information and/or to download application go to: http://www.sfacf.org/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?CategoryID=6


Hovland Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: July 15, 2014

Criteria

  • Open to students who will be entering their junior year in the fall of 2013
  • Must be of Norwegian descent, with preference given to applicants from the Bomlo Community of Norway
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0

Application: For more information and/or to download application go to: http://www.sfacf.org/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?CategoryID=6


 

 

SDRA Jerry Wheeler Scholarship Program

Amount: In 2013 there were 13 scholarships ranging from $550 to 1,200

Deadline: April 11, 2014

Criteria

  • To be eligible, applicant must enroll in a retail-related course of study
  • Students must meet one of these requirements:
    • Have graduated from a South Dakota High School
    • Have earned a GED in South Dakota
    • Plan to attend post-secondary school in South Dakota
  • Applicant must desire a career in a retail-related field
  • Student must enroll in 12 or more credit hours at a post-secondary school or online program for the fall 2014
  • Awards will not be based solely on financial need or grades
  • Previous recipients are eligible to apply for the scholarship program
  • Children and spouse of current members of the SDRA Scholarship Committee are not eligible for consideration
Application:  For more information and/or to apply go to: Stop by the financial aid office or go online to https://www.sdra.org/EducationEvents/ScholarshipProgram/index.asp

Deals.serviceBundles.com Infographic Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: June 22, 2014

Criteria

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States
  • Incoming freshman: Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grape point of at least 2.5 and have taken the ACT or SAT
  • Current freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Applicant must have cumulative college grade point average of 2.5 and be enrolled full-time between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014
  • Create an image that represents how you, or how you think the typical person uses the internet. Be sure to cite your sources

Application: To submit your infographic and for more information go to http://deals.servicebundles.com/scholarship


2014 Doolittle Business Scholarship

Amount:

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Criteria

  • Must be a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School Aberdeen, SD
  • Majoring in Business, but will consider other applicants in other areas of study
  • Applicant should have demonstrated leadership skills, civic or community involvement, and a sincere concern for others

Application: The application and information for the Doolittle scholarship are available on our website at: http://www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us/foundation/scholarships.html


Russ Keen Memorial Scholarship

Amount:

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Criteria

  • Must be an Aberdeen Central High School
  • Majoring in journalism or communications, other areas of study will be considered
  • Must be entering sophomore or junior year of college in 2014-2015

Application: The application and information for the Keen scholarship are available on our website at: http://www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us/foundation/scholarships.html


Foreclosure.com Scholarship

Amount: 1st place - $5000 2nd – 5th $1000 each

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Criteria

  • Must be currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning
  • 1 application per person
  • Must write an essay not to exceed (2,000) words on the scholarship topic

Application: To apply, view scholarship topic, and to review the full list of rules go to http://www.foreclosure.com/scholarship/


Lexington Law Scholarship

Amount: 2 Gifts totaling $10,00 will be awarded annually

Deadline: August 13, 2014

Criteria

  • To be eligible, must be enrolled in an accredited US university or college
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must write an essay of no fewer than 800 words

Application: For essay topic and instructions for submission please visit https://www.lexingtonlaw.com/credit-education/newsroom/lexington-law-news/what-does-a-credit-score-mean-to-you.html


Mercury Satellite Digital Dreamer Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Criteria

  • You must be an undergraduate student actively enrolled full-time at an accredited institution
  • You must be a United States Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States
  • You must have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Write a creative, original essay of no fewer than 500 but no more than 1,000 words in length

Application: To view the essay subject, and submission details please visit http://www.mercurysat.com/scholarship/


Goedeker’s College Scholarship

Amount: $500-grand prize, $100-two honorable mentions

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Criteria

  • You must be enrolled in at an accredited college
  • You can be in any grade level freshman to senior
  • Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply
  • Any major of Field of study is accepted

Application: For additional information and instructions on how to apply go to http://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship



Florence Kreiger Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 4, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicant must be a junior in a College/University in South Dakota
  • Majoring in math or computer science
  • Plans to teach at the secondary level (grades 9-12)

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: Stop by the financial aid office or go online to http://bhrta.weebly.com/scholarship-opportunities.html


Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Amount: $5000

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Criteria

  • High School Seniors, Undergraduate, or Graduate Students can apply
  • Applicants must provide evidence of community service activities in an underserved community setting
  • Applicants must submit documentation of financial need for scholarship funds
  • Students pursuing a course of study in public health, communications, social work, education, liberal arts, or a related field
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be a U.S. resident or permanent legal resident

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.legacyforhealth.org/get-involved/awards-scholarships/dr.-alma-s.-adams-scholarships


 

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship

Amount: (2) $10,000 and (4) $5000

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university for the 2014 Fall Semester
  • Candidate must have a declared major of Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry or a related life science field
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Applicants must complete an applicant and submit unofficial transcripts ( if selected, an official transcript will be required)

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to:http://www.pierce-antibodies.com/PierceScholarship/index.cfm


Kaplan Group Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: August 11, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicant can be undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a business or law-oriented degree program
  • Must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Eligible fields of study MBA, Finance, Accounting, Law, Management, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Business Administration

Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.kaplancollectionagency.com/scholarship/


Thermo Scientific

Amount: (2) $10,000 and (4) $5000

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college of university for the 2014 Fall semester
  • Applicant must be majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related life science field
  • Graduate students must have received a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Freshmen must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale

Application: For more information and to apply go online to http://www.pierce-antibodies.com/PierceScholarship/?preheader


ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount(30) $3000 

DeadlineMay 15, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicant must be woman or minority student
  • Applicant must be pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts (high school seniors must be accepted into a program)
  • Applicant must be enrolling or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study
  • Applicant must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or above 

ApplicationFor more information and to apply go online to http://www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp


CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest

Amount(2) $500 

DeadlineOctober 15, 2014

Criteria

  • Applicant must be a current student who is U.S. resident
  • Open to all fields of study
  • Must show proof of enrollment to receive scholarship

ApplicationCreate a video under 3 minutes long, on one of these topics: What it means to live in America, My first memory of a Mustang, How the auto industry changed America, What a Mustang teaches me about life, or How a Mustang relates to your field of study.  You can be inspirational, funny, serious, educational, or even musical.  For more information on how to apply and submit your video go to http://www.cjponyparts.com/cj-pony-parts-scholarship-video-contest


Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

Amount(5) $1000 

DeadlineApril 30, 2014

Criteria

  • Must be a permanent resident of the United States
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher
  • Can’t be an employee of APFM; an immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) of an employee of APFM; or living in the same household, whether or not related, to an APFM employee

ApplicationFor more information, essay topic, and to apply go online to http://www.aplaceformom.com/scholarship


Giva Semi-Annual Student Scholarship Award

Amount$1000 

DeadlineJune 1st and December 1st

Criteria

  • Must perform some community service volunteer work
  • All students, regardless of major, currently attending a college
  • Can be full or part-time 

ApplicationFor more information and to apply go online to http://www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp


Last Updated: 4/8/14