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American Indian/Alaska Native Scholarships

How to Apply

The AISC Native American scholarship (for current SDSU students) is now located within the general SDSU scholarship application and can be found in your MyState account. The AISC will no longer accept the paper copy application from previous years.

The application process varies depending on whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student or a continuing SDSU student. These scholarship opportunities exist for full-time degree seeking, American Indian/Alaskan Native students who attend the main campus in Brookings, South Dakota. Priority is given to students who submit a completed application, including tribal enrollment verification (if applicable).

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

  • 2018–2019 Priority Deadline is February 28, 2018.
  • For questions regarding scholarships contact the Admissions Office or call 605-688-4121.

Current SDSU Students

  • 2018–2019 Priority Deadline is February 28, 2018.
  • Log into your MyState account. Select the “My Money” tab, followed by the Scholarship Application. Complete the scholarship application.

Supporting Documentation

  • If applying for scholarships that require proof of tribal enrollment, applicants are required to submit documentation (Ben Riefel Memorial Scholarship, Daktronics, Inc. Native American Scholarship, Delano No Neck Scholarship, Eugene W. Houda and Mary Milner Houda Scholarship, Helen Roberti Native American Scholarship, The Henrietta Nichols Fund, Jack and Mary Marken Native American Scholarship, Kasey and Karla Abbott Endowed Native American Scholarship, Lindell Scholarship and William G. France Native American Scholarship).
  • You can upload your documentation directly into your scholarship application.
  • Please note: your scholarship application will be considered incomplete without the documentation and, therefore, cannot be processed.

Selection Process

  • The AISC Scholarship Committee evaluates applications based on the information supplied on the scholarship applications.
    • Letters of recommendation are not required but are strongly encouraged.
    • You must answer all questions related to tribal affiliation/community involvement, etc. to be considered for AI/AN scholarships.
  • Scholarship selection is based on the donor criteria.
    • Do your best to provide the scholarship committee with information about your community involvement, campus involvement and future plans to give a well-rounded view of your experiences as well as future goals.
  • Supporting materials will not be returned and new letters of recommendation must be submitted each year.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified via email by the AISC Scholarship Committee.
  • Questions may be directed to the SDSU Scholarship Office or call 605-688-5202.