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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. Students must also attend the main campus in Brookings and meet minimum eligibility requirements. Each year students who qualify for the Jackrabbit Guarantee must submit a new scholarship application on MyState.

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

How to Apply

To be considered for most SDSU scholarships, including the Jackrabbit Guarantee, admitted first-year students must complete the freshman academic scholarship online application. This application will become available on November 1. Along with the application, students should submit a recommendation letter and personal statement.

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

Freshman scholarships are awarded through the Admissions Office.

We also award several Criteria Scholarships annually.

Current SDSU Students 

Fill out the continuing student scholarship application each year to deem your eligibility for SDSU scholarships. The 2018-2019 scholarship application is available now. Log on to your MyState to complete and submit the application. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 605-688-4695 or email the Scholarship Office 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 some 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.

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