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SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.

Jackrabbit Guarantee

The Jackrabbit Guarantee program awards a minimum of $1,000 per year for up to four years to any eligible first-time student who earns an ACT score of 24 or higher on the ACT. Students must also attend the main campus in Brookings and meet minimum continuing eligibility requirements.

Each year students who qualify for the Jackrabbit Guarantee must submit a new scholarship application on MyState.

How to Apply

To be considered for most SDSU scholarships, including the Jackrabbit Guarantee, admitted first-year students must complete the Freshman Academic Scholarship Application. Along with the application, students should submit a recommendation letter and personal statement.

Priority is given to applications received on or before January 15.

We also award several Criteria Scholarships annually.

Current SDSU Students 

2017-2018 SDSU Scholarship Application in now available. 

Log on to your MyState to complete and submit the application. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the Scholarship Office at 605-688-5201 or via e-email at

Transfer Scholarships

Students who plan to transfer to SDSU from another post-secondary institution can complete our Transfer Scholarship Application.

Native American Scholarships

SDSU has several scholarships designated for American Indian/Alaska Native students. For information on how to apply, please visit our American Indian/Alaska Native Scholarships page.

Non-SDSU Scholarships

The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship is available to qualifying South Dakota residents. The Board of Regents website has information on how to qualify and apply. Eligible South Dakota residents may also apply for the Dakota Corps Scholarship.

The Non-SDSU Scholarships List provides information about many non-SDSU scholarships. The list includes eligibility criteria, information on how to apply, and application deadlines. This list is updated as we receive information on scholarships and may change frequently.

Students can find additional non-SDSU scholarship information at and Good Call.