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A number of scholarships and awards are available to Ness School Students on a competitive basis. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, who often include former students and faculty members, the scholarship can aid eligible students in financing their education.

Ness School Celebration of Excellence

In addition, the University, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offer various scholarship opportunities. Current and prospective students should contact the Financial Aid Office and the individual colleges for information concerning availability and eligibility.

When applying for scholarships, students should be aware that many of the scholarships may be used by the University to fulfill Jackrabbit Guarantee obligations. This has been confusing for many students, so we want to make sure you understand the situation.

Application Process

Everyone applying for scholarships must first complete the university's online scholarship application, the online scholarship is located on MyState, under the "My Money" tab. By completing this scholarship you are applying for scholarships across SDState, including those offered through the Ness School of Management and Economics. Priority is given to applications received on or before December 15. 

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Scholarships

Students log on to MyState then click on the scholarship application link to complete the application.

Some scholarships/awards require additional information from applicants to satisfy criteria established by the donors. If you believe you are qualified and wish to be considered an applicant for additional industry-sponsored scholarships, please contact the appropriate department for instructions on how to apply.

Frank Puhr Memorial Award

To apply for this scholarship submit an original paper of not less than 5,000 words dealing with agricultural finance or a related topic. Available to undergraduate and graduate students. Papers should be submitted to Kayte Haggerty no later than February 15 and must include student name and ID#.

For our generous friends and former students

Scholarships are an excellent way for individuals to give back to the Ness School of Management and Economics and the university in general. For information about your options for setting up a scholarship, you may visit the SDSU Foundation website or contact them by email.


Available Jackrabbit Guarantee Scholarships

Frances Hymers Costie Scholarship in Economics

William Kohlmeyer Scholarship

Steve and Marcia Stahly Scholarship Endowment

De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company Economics Award

Felix Hsia Endowed Scholarship in Economics

Donald O. and Margery Egge Bunkers Scholarship in Economics

Arthur W. and Signe Anderson Scholarship in Agricultural Business

Max and Joyce Cheeseman Scholarship

Lee and Betty Engen Scholarship in Economics

Jeff and Linda Kuhn Scholarship

Harley F. and Adele M. Taylor Scholarship in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

Henry Lewis Leonhardt Scholarship in Agricultural Economics

Cornerstone Financial Solutions, Inc. Scholarship

Carol and Herman Lerdal Scholarship in Commercial Economics

Maxine Tofte Memorial Scholarship in Economics

Fred Wiswall Scholarship in Economics

Barb (Runge) and Curt Teal Scholarship in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee

Rex Cox Memorial Scholarship Award

Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg Endowed Scholarship in Economics

Frank J. Kurtenbach Economics Scholarship

Fay and Mary Smith Memorial Scholarship in Economics

Janssen Family Economics Scholarship in Memory of Harry and Veletta Janssen 

Marily J. Nicholson Chapman Scholarship in Economics

John E. & Dorothy L. Thompson Scholarship in Economics

Dennis and Candace Nelson Scholarship in Economics

Richard F. Kneip Scholarship in Economics

Robert B. Swanson Scholarship in Economics

Richard F. Durland Memorial Scholarship

Vernon Bau Scholarship in Economics

Limen T. Smythe Scholarship in Economics

John F. Kelly Scholarship

Ronald E. Eastman Scholarship in Economics - Business Economics Specialization

Donald S. Whealy Memorial Scholarship in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee

Dr. Eluned Jones and David Chalmers Scholarship in Economics and Management

Gabriel Lundy Memorial Award in Economics

Shane Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics

Sondey Family Scholarship Endowment in Economics in Honor of John B., John A., And Anne Z. Sondey

Doug and Anne Hajek Economics Scholarship

Douglas Franklin Memorial Scholarship in Economics

First Bank and Trust Economics Award

Gatzke-Werth Scholarship in support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee

Han and Bang Kim Scholarship Endowment in Support of the Jackrabbit Guarantee

Herbert and Janna Allen Dakota Farm Management Award

John H. Thompson and Mark E. Thompson Scholarship in Business Economics

Patrick A. Lyons Scholarship Endowment

Madiken A. (Scholl) Helsel Scholarship

Tom and Karen Chester Scholarship in Economics