South Dakota Retailers Association Jerry Wheeler Scholarship Program

SDRA’s scholarship is for students interested in retailing or a retail-related field.

Full Description

The organization awards 9 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 in honor of our former Executive Director, Jerry Wheeler, who started the program.

The names of scholarship recipients will be announced in July and the money will be sent to the appropriate institution that the recipient is attending.

Who's eligible?

According to the scholarship program, there are certain requirements that have to be met and people interested in applying should first take a look at eligibility Information so as not to waste time applying if the application will not be taken into consideration.

First, an eligible applicant must desire a career in a retail field or a retail-related field, so he/she must enroll in a retail or retail-related course of study.

This means that they need to pursue career and degree in one of the following fields:

Accounting, Agribusiness, Apparel Merchandising, Auto Mechanics, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Business Management, Collision Repair, Computer Science, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts, Diesel Mechanics, Electrical Maintenance, Gemology, Heating/Ventilation, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Landscape Design, Pharmacy, Photography, Printing Industries, Refrigeration, Sales/Marketing Management, and Tourism Industry Management.

The education has to be achieved at a qualifying, accredited technical school, college, university, or professional training institute.

It is good to know that the enrollment in an online degree program from a qualifying school is acceptable as well.

Applicants also have to meet one of these requirements:

  • have graduated from a South Dakota high school
  • have earned a high school equivalency certificate in South Dakota
  • plan to attend post secondary school in South Dakota

In order to be eligible, applicant need to complete at least 24 credits from a qualifying college or university, or 12 credits from a qualifying tech school or certified professional training institute.

Even those people who have already received the scholarship are eligible.

How to Apply

The application form can be found on the official website.

You will need to submit a scholarship application, after filling it out.

This is done when you click on “Submit Form”

What should be separately added is a document in which you will speak about your goals, challenges and accomplishments, a copy of your most recent grade transcript and two letters of reference.

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