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!
Amount: Two $2,500
Deadline: June 1st for August Award and November 1st for January Award
- 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
Offers.com Savvy Saver Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2013
- Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning
- At least 18 years old
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- 2013 Scholarship Topic: How can college students use the internet as a hethod of saving money on school expenses? (400-750 words)
Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.offers.com/scholarship
$2,500 Military College Scholarship
Deadline: December 30, 2013
- Military students currently enrolled in college may also enter the contest and there is no age requirement for college scholarship applicants
- Children with a mother or father serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to apply for the college scholarship
Application: For more information and/or to apply go to: http://www.lowvarates.com/2013-military-college-scholarship
CenturyLinkQuote.com Internet Safety Laws Scholarship
Deadline: December 18, 2013
- Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen of Permanent Legal Resident of the United States and may not be an associate (employee) of any division of CenturyLinkQuote
- Incoming freshman: Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between January 1, 2013 and December 1, 2013, who will enroll for Spring 2014 as freshman
- Current freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Applicant must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5, and be enrolled full-time
Application: To apply anser: What (if anything) would you change about current internet safety laws? Should anonymity be continued to be allowed online? Your answer must include credible research. For more information go to:http://www.centurylinkquote.com/scholarship
Rocket 55 Annual Video Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2013
- End service date must be between 7/1/2008 and 7/1/2013
- Applicant must be a high schol senior or undergraduate college student enrolled at least part time at an accredited college.
- Must provide Rocket 55 with written proof of enrollment at an accredited college or university.
Application: Submit a creative video to Youtube. All you have to do to apply is send a link to your video to email@example.com. The topic of the video should be "What is the story behind the name Rocket 55?" For more information go to http://www.rocket55.com/scholarship.php
Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarships
Deadline: Monthly rolling deadline
- 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
- 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
Deadline: Every 7th of the month
- 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
- 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
Deadline: Open until awarded
- 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
- 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
- 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
Savvy Saver Scholarship
Amount: Up to $2500
Deadline: December 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central Time
- Must be a legal resident of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia
- Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application
- Must be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college or university)
Application: TO enter submit a complete scholarship Application online at http://www.offers.com/scholarship
The Search Scholarship of Las Vegas
Deadline: December 15, 2013
- Applicant must be between the ages of 17 and 24 as of the deadline
- Be a full time student in High School or College/University
- Be a resident of the United States
Application:For more information and/or to apply, go to: http://www.mvestormedia.com/scholarship
Employee Ownership in America: A Scholarship Opportunity from SES Advisors
Deadline: May 16, 2014
- 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
Deadline: January 10, 2014
- All entries must be original, and will be checked for duplication
- If an article is discovered to be a copy, your entry will be removed
- You must be currently enrolled in college classes, or a graduating senior in high school
- We reserve the right to verify age, college and high school enrollment
- Open to high school seniors enrolling in a college, college freshmen, and sophomores
- Must be between 17 – 22 years old
- Answer the Essay Question: In our everyday life we come across products and small inventions we use every day and take for granted. Like the doorbell, what’s an invention that has made our lives significantly better that we end up taking for granted?
- Don’t use something obvious like computers and cell phones
Application:For more information and where to send your essay go to: http://www.1800doorbell.com/db800-doorbell-scholarship-2014.htm
Scholarship from Heart on Your Wrist
Deadline: May 15, 2014
- 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/
Deadline: December 15, 2013
- High school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in fall 2013 or spring 2014
Application: Submit your essay of 500 words or more to firstname.lastname@example.org you may choose to write on one of the following topics:
1. How can the Web give a company a competitive advantage?
2. How will you use your “personal shine” to make a difference?
A Flying Camera’s $1000 Smile Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2014
- Applicant must be currently enrolled in school in the United States or will be enrolling in the 2013-2014 school year
- Must be an original creation by the applicant
- Must be submitted by the entry deadline
- Poems must be in Haiku format:
First line, 5 syllables
Second line, 7 syllables
Third line, 5 syllables
- All poems will be judged on creativity of writing as well as artistic presentation. Please submit your poem in image format in order to jazz it up.
Application: To apply for the scholarship, go online to http://www.aflyingcamera.com/smile-scholarship/.
The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Amount: First Prize: $5000, Second Prize: 2,500, Third Prize: $1,500, and Two Honorable Mentions: $500
Deadline: December 2, 2013
- Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2013 Semester
- Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics.
- Essay should be 3,000 to 4,000 words, you are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.
- Essay may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, and individual voice should be evident.
- The essay should be developed from your point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological.
- Essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student.
- Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.
- All essays must have a title.
- All essays must be written in English
- Essay should be titled, typed in 12-point font easily readable font ( such as Times New Roman), double-spaced with 1” margins and numbered pages.
- Submissions will be judged anonymously. Therefore, no name or identifying references (i.e. your name, school, or professor) should appear on the title page or in the document. The office will put a code on your essay.
- Essay must have a faculty sponsor, any interested professor at the school may act as a Faculty Sponsor
- Students entering the contest are required to have a Faculty Sponsor review and electronically verify their essay.
Application: To submit your essay go online to http://eliewieselfoundation.org/contest2014.aspx and follow the instructions.
BigSun Scholarship 2014
Amount: $500 the number of awards varies and is at the discretion of the scholarship award committee
Deadline: June 20, 2014
- 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
Giva Student Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2013
- Must be currently attending a college or university degree program either full or part-time
- Must write an essay of 500 to 1000 words answering: How you will use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?
- A current resume must be included with your application
- If you are awarded a scholarship you will be required to perform some community service volunteer work
Application: To download application go online to http://www.givainc.com/scholarships/
Penny Stocks lab Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2013
- Must write an essay: Financial literacy is a term that is commonly used to describe an individual’s knowledge and understanding of financial matters. Due to the complex nature of our economy, the implications of possessing “financial literacy” have become increasingly relevant. With the overly broad definition of the term in mind, discuss, in 1,000 words or less, what financial literacy means to you and how you foresee it impacting your post-graduate life.
- Essays must be written solely in English
- Each contestant is only allowed to submit one essay
- Essays must reflect their own research, writing and original thinking, and not be published elsewhere
- Submissions are limited to 1,000 words
- Submissions that contain incomplete entry forms will be automatically disqualified
- Must be an undergraduate students currently attending an accredited four-year college or university
- Can be international student currently attending an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. they are eligible
Application: Submit your essay online at http://pennystocks.la/scholarships
The Drive to Learn Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2014
- Must be a full time student graduate or undergraduate
- In 750-1000 words, prepare a written response that addresses ONE of the following prompts
- Some of the best life-lessons are the ones we learn from our mistakes. Share a lesson you learned when facing the consequences of bad decision-making as a driver or a passenger. Describe the situation and explain how it led to a valuable learning experience
- Learning how to drive is a different experience for everyone because some may find it easy to accomplish while others struggle with the challenge. Describe your experience. What did it take for you to become a confident driver? What valuable lesson(s) did you learn—about yourself, others, or life in general—during or after the process?
- You may have noticed that people tend to change over time. For example, you’re probably not the same person you were as a freshman in high school. Think abou the driver you were when you first obtained your driver’s license. Maybe you were a young and reckless driver or perhaps a timid and careful driver. Now think about the driver you are today. Describe how you have changed as a driver. Does this transformation reflect changes in other aspects of your life (i.e. driving more carefully after a near-death experience, driving aggressively after losing your job, etc.)? If so, explain. Would you consider this transformation to your benefit or do you see it as a potential problem? Why?
- Although the vast majority of the country’s population drives on a regular basis, there are still many people who do not. Are you one of them? What’s keeping you from getting behind the wheel? Maybe the city you live in is not commuter-friendly, maybe you cannot afford to buy a car, or perhaps you simply choose not to drive. Describe your situation. Is this an obstacle for you? Why or why not? How has not driving influenced you and your life?