South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to South Dakota’s most academically accomplished high school graduate students. It enables them to receive an affordable education at any accredited university, college, or technical school in South Dakota.

Full Description

Established in 2004 by the South Dakota Legislature, the program is funded through the state of South Dakota’s Education Enhancement Trust Fund. Starting in the fall of 2015, the scholarship provides between $1,300 – $2,600 per year to qualifying students attending an eligible higher education institute in South Dakota.

There is a list of eligible institutions on the scholarship website. The funding is now provided in installments over the course of four years.

Who's eligible?

  • Eligible Grade: High School Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.0
  • Geographic Eligibility: South Dakota
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

How to Apply

Here’s what you need to submit besides your application

  • Essay
  • Standardized Test Scores

How to ace the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship?

1. Get the right score

Whether you are applying based on ACT scores or SAT scores, ensure that you have the required scores.

2. Go through the list of approved courses

Applicants must meet the curriculum requirements. Before taking on a course in high school, they should ensure it is a listed approved course.

3. Go through the list of participating institutions

Every participating institution must be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Make sure the school you are interested in is listed on the website.

4. Apply as early as possible

Although it is alright to submit your application by the due date, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest so the financial aid office can begin work and package the scholarship in a timelier manner.

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