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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

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. We also award several Criteria Scholarships annually.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships 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 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

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 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 March 15-May 15, 2019. Students may apply at

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