The University of South Dakota offers a number of major, merit-based scholarships for talented students, independent of scholarships students may receive from sources outside The University.
- Thomas A. Stickney Memorial Scholarship - The Stickney Scholarship, endowed by an Honors graduate and his family provides $1,000 for a sophomore Honors student to use during his or her junior year. Students should have excellent
academic records and also have contributed leadership or intellectual
accomplishment to the Honors and USD communities; financial need is also a
consideration. The scholarship application is announced via email each spring.
- Law Honors Scholars Program - The Law Honors Scholar identifies outstanding high school students dedicated to the mission of the School of Law. Law Honors Scholars receive provisional (automatic) admission to the School of Law.
- Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholars Program - For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions scholarship page.
- Davies Scholarship - The Davies Scholarship, endowed by Tom and Karen
Davies of Vermillion, SD, provides $1,000 each to two students during the
thesis writing process. The award for each student is split between the fall
and spring semesters, with the spring portion of the award being contingent on
adequate progress toward thesis completion as determined by the thesis director
and the Honors Program director. Scholarship qualifications include being a
member in good standing of the Honors Program and verification from a thesis
director that the student's thesis will be completed during the following
academic year; South Dakota residents who have declared a major in the Beacom
School of Business or have an economics major within the College of Arts &
Sciences are given first preference. The scholarship application is announced
via email each spring.
- Nationally Competitive Scholarships are a prestigious, highly selective group of scholarships offered for undergraduate and graduate study, as well as research. Recipients are chosen based on essays, recommendations, GPA and other factors. Standards are very high.
- Nationally competitive scholarships are often hard to win, however, students from USD win one or more of these competitions virtually every year.