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

Apply for scholarships

Priority is given to applications received on or before December 15. Freshman scholarships are awarded through the Admissions Office. Click on the button below to set up your SDSU Self Service Account and access the scholarship application.

Scholarship Application

Write and attach your personal statement.

Take time to craft a strong personal statement that doesn’t solely highlight or reiterate the activities, awards and recognitions that you have already included on your scholarship application. Speak to:

  • Your interest in SDSU and why you see it as a good fit.
  • Your academic interests.
  • Your career goals and how you envision your program at SDSU getting you there.
  • Your interests at SDSU for participation in student organizations, clubs or activities.
  • More information about special experiences or recognition during your high school years that you want us to know more about.
  • Any special circumstances or personal hardships you have encountered that you’d like us to consider through our scholarship process.

Attach a letter of recommendation.

Ask someone who knows you well to write a letter of recommendation for you. That person can be a teacher, school counselor, principal or other knowledgeable school official who can address your academic ability and potential for success.

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. Students must also attend the main campus in Brookings and meet minimum eligibility requirements. 

Students starting at SDSU Fall 2018 or afterJackrabbit Guarantee Eligibility Requirements
Student starting at SDSU prior to Fall 2018Jackrabbit Guarantee Eligibility Requirements

Transfer Scholarships

Students who plan to transfer to SDSU from another post-secondary institution can complete our online transfer scholarship application.

Scholarship Application

American Indian 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

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

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.

Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship provides 25 awards at $10,000 each to be disbursed throughout a student’s collegiate career. Like all Horatio Alger Scholarships, the Horatio Alger Denny Sanford scholarship assists high school students who have faced great obstacles in their young lives to overcome their adversities, attend a post-secondary institution and achieve success. To be eligible for the Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be committed to complete a bachelor’s degree at South Dakota State University.
  • Be a current high school senior with plans to enroll in college Fall 2019.
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or less family income required).
  • Be involved in community service activities.
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
  • Be a United States citizen.

Application dates are August 1-October 25, 2018 and January 15-March 15, 2019. Students may apply at When prompted for an application code while applying, use SAN19.

Hatterscheidt Scholarship

The Hatterscheidt Scholarship will be awarded to five current seniors graduating from South Dakota high schools as a one-year award valued at $2,000. To be eligible for the Hatterscheidt Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a South Dakota Resident; graduating from a SD high school.
  • Must show financial need and must apply for Federal Student Aid.
  • Must have average minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be admitted to South Dakota State University for fall semester following graduation.
  • Must plan to be a full time, main campus student planning to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

If you have questions, please email Lisa Schramm to secure the appropriate application. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 1, 2019.

Additional Opportunities

Visit the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid webpage for additional credible scholarship information. Students can find additional non-SDSU scholarship information at and Good Call.