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Scholarships

In an effort to help students with the cost of their education, SDSU offers general scholarships. For more information on the application process, as well as information about student loans, click the Financing link below.

In addition to the SDSU scholarships, students may apply for these scholarships.

DGR Scholarship

The DGR Engineering scholarship of $2,000 is awarded annually to an applicant who has completed 45 semester credit hours by June 1st of the current year in an accredited undergraduate engineering or land surveying degree program within the United States, and has a minimum 3.0 composite collegiate GPA.  Preference may be considered for those in an electrical, civil, environmental or agricultural engineering program.  Deadline for application submittal is May 15th. 

DGR Engineering has created this scholarship for the purpose of promoting and advancing the engineering profession in this region.  DGR Engineering was founded in Rock Rapids in 1952, and provides civil, electrical, aviation, environmental, and water resources engineering and land surveying services to public and private clients from offices in Rock Rapids, Sioux City, and Ankeny, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Geri Wolff Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the Digital Signage Federation

Bennett Undergraduate EE Summer Research Fellowship

Electrical Engineering students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to apply for this $3000 fellowship.

IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative™ (IEEE PES S+) accepts scholarship applications yearly.

The IEEE PES S+ is a scholarship and career experience program that was created in response to the looming workforce shortfall in the power and energy industry. The goal is simple: to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers by helping students.  

The IEEE PES S+ provides multi-year scholarships to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to three years of funding — $2,000 the first year, $2,000 the second year and $3,000 the third year — interspersed with up to two years of valuable hands-on career experience.  Since the program began in 2011,  $642,000 has been distributed to 265 students at over 100 universities across the United States.  

Additionally, the top IEEE PES Scholar from each US IEEE Region will be selected as the IEEE PES John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar. These 6 individuals receive an additional $5,000 for school expenses and a travel honorarium to attend the IEEE 2014 PES General Meeting.  Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student working toward a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., willing to take power engineering courses, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. 

The South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) fellowship/scholarship stipend program 

The program invites applications from U.S. citizens for undergraduate and graduate student stipends for research, educational, or internship pursuits in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Projects must align with NASA's mission and those of the SDSGC and its affiliates. Application deadline is in January of each year.

The G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship

The IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of G. Ray Ekenstam and his professional career in the fields of power engineering and industry applications. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline, from an accredited US university or college. The Scholarship Fund will be used to fund on an annual basis the following annual expenses: A maximum of US$5,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees) IEEE Student Membership for twelve months for one student. The deadline for submission is June of each year.

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service

The program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics. The application deadline is December for the following school year. Click below for links to the application portal and other program-related information.

NREIP Program

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are approximately $7,690 for undergraduate students and appoximaely $10,250 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs.  Application deadlines are in November.

USAF Technical Degree Sponsorship Program

The U.S. Air Force offers a program for students pursuing a technical degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. The program allows you to earn money while you finish your education. Upon graduation, you can get started in an Air Force job that utilizes your technical skills. 

Rural Electric Cooperative Scholarship

The program is designed to encourage and recognize the academic achievements of the children of rural electric cooperatives.