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First-Time Freshmen Scholarships

Jackrabbit Guarantee Scholarship Program

The Jackrabbit Guarantee is a commitment by SDSU to award a minimum academic scholarship award to qualifying students. No scholarship application is required to receive the Jackrabbit Guarantee amount. This financial promise is made based on a student's high school GPA or a combination of high school GPA and ACT composite score, ACT superscore, or SAT composite score. Minimum scholarships may increase based on improved high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores received by August 1* prior to the fall semester a student is starting, or December 1 prior to the spring semester a student is starting.

Scholarship awards which fulfill the Jackrabbit Guarantee Program commitment vary by name. For example, you may see Yellow and Blue Scholarship, John Doe Scholarship, etc. listed in your award information.

*ACT or SAT scores utilized for minimum scholarship consideration must be completed during high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation. For students starting in the fall semester, scores must be submitted to SDSU by August 1 to qualify for consideration for scholarship awards. For students starting in the spring semester, scores must be submitted to SDSU by December 1 to qualify for consideration for scholarship awards.

Eligibility

The grid below shows qualifying scores and guaranteed award amounts for first-time freshmen enrolling Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

TEST SCORESACT32+28262422No test score or lower than 22 ACT or 1100 SAT
SAT1420+1300123011601100
GPA4.00+$4,000$4,000$3,000$3,000$3,000$3,000
3.90$4,000$3,000$3,000$2,000$2,000$2,000
3.75$4,000$3,000$2,000$1,500$1,500$1,500
3.50$4,000$3,000$2,000$1,500$1,000$1,000
3.25$3,000$2,000$1,500$1,000$1,000$1,000
3.00$2,000$1,500$1,000$1,000N/AN/A

Scholarships in support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee Program

SDSU Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Amounts vary.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Students are chosen as Foundation Scholars through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Stephen F. Briggs Scholarship

Amount: $6,500 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $26,000.
Eligibility: Briggs scholarships are awarded to new freshmen each year, half to students majoring in engineering and half to students in all other majors. Students are chosen as Briggs Scholars through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

J. Lohr Scholars

Amount: $5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $20,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding South Dakota high school seniors each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Student must major in one of the following: agricultural and biosystems engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. Students are chosen as Lohr Scholars through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

John F. and Lela F. Sandfort Scholarship

Amount: $5,000-$7,500 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $20,000-$30,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Student must major within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. Students are chosen through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Dian and Harlan Stai Honors Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $20,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding high school seniors from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Students are chosen for Stai Honors through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. Stai Honors recipients will be required to participate in the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Dian and Harlan Stai Honors Access Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $20,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding high school seniors from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Students are chosen for Stai Honors through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 26 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. Applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify as Pell Grant Eligible. Stai Honors Access recipients will be required to participate in the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Elton D. Schafer Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $8,000-$20,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding high school seniors from South Dakota each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Student must major in biochemistry, chemistry, physics or computer science. Students are chosen through a competitive interview selection process. At a minimum, students selected to interview must have a 30 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.9 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement. The on-campus interviews take place in February.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Schellpeper Family Scholarship

Amount: Progressive amount — $2,000 first year, $3,000 second year, $4,000 third year, $5,000 fourth year for a total of $14,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year based on ACT/SAT scores or GPA and extracurricular activities. Student must major in a health science career field. At a minimum, students selected must have a 26 or higher ACT composite or superscore (or SAT equivalent); or have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; and have extensive leadership and extracurricular involvement.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Grand Challenges Scholarships

Amount: $2,000-$5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $8,000-$20,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to South Dakota residents who have a 24 or higher ACT composite score (1160 SAT or higher) and major in an academic program within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering: agricultural and biosystems engineering, civil engineering, computer science, construction management, data science, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, operations management.
To apply: No application necessary.

National Merit Finalists

Amount: $8,500 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $34,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to National Merit Finalists. This replaces, and is not in addition to, the National Merit Semifinalist award.
To apply: No application necessary. Automatically awarded upon confirmation of National Merit Finalist status.

National Merit Semifinalists

Amount: $5,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $20,000.
Eligibility: Awarded to National Merit Semifinalists. The award is increased to $8,500 per year upon advancement to Finalist status.
To apply: No application necessary. Automatically awarded upon confirmation of National Merit Semifinalist status.

Wokini Scholarships

Amount: $5,000 per year, renewable for five years for a total of $25,000.
Eligibility: Enrolled members of a South Dakota tribe that are full-time, degree seeking, first-time freshmen. Additional information can be found here.
To apply: For consideration, complete the Academic Scholarship Application.

Additional Scholarships

Jackrabbit Journey Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,500 first year only
Eligibility: Available for any student who enrolls as a full-time, first-time freshman and has successfully completed (grade of C or above) Dual Credit courses from SDSU.

  • 1-6 credit hours = $500;
  • 7-12 credit hours = $1,000; or
  • 13 or more credit hours = $1,500.

To apply: No application necessary.

South Dakota Boys and Girls State Officer Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 first year only
Eligibility: Awarded to students elected to a state level officer position while attending South Dakota Boys and Girls State. Elected officer positions are determined by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.
To apply: No application necessary.