||The deadline for the 2017-18 USD Scholarship Application was December 1, 2016. Check back in the early fall to apply for 2018-19 scholarships. Freshmen entering in 2017-18 may still be considered for Coyote Commitment Scholarships and may still apply for additional, third-party scholarships.|
The University of South Dakota and the USD Foundation annually award more than $6 million in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Based on your grades, standardized test scores or your interest in pursuing a major in a particular field, you may be eligible for a Coyote Commitment Scholarship or some of the other scholarships and awards listed below:
All first-time freshmen students who apply for fall admission to USD are automatically considered for up to $3,500 per year. Coyote Commitment is available to recipients for up to four years as a full-time student and is based on GPA, standardized test scores and committee review. The Coyote Commitment may include a combination of funding from other scholarships or additional sources awarded to you. Although there is no deadline or separate application for this award, students should apply to South Dakota prior to April 1 for full consideration.
Students may apply for the following scholarships using the online academic scholarship application. The academic scholarship application is generally available in the fall of each year with a priority deadline of October 15 and the final deadline for submitting the application is December 1.
Among the university's most prestigious awards, academic achievement scholarships are awarded based on academic success and/or your ACT or SAT scores.
Valued at up to $500 (up to $250 per semester for the first two semesters), the Barnes & Noble Valedictorian Scholarship is presented to high school seniors who rank at the top of their graduating classes during the awarding period. Recipients must remain enrolled full-time on the Vermillion campus.
George S. Mickelson Scholarship
One of South Dakota's most prestigious scholarships, the Mickelson Scholarship awards up to $40,000 (up to $10,000 per year renewable for four years) to academically talented South Dakota students with high ACTs/SATs. Finalists for the Mickelson Scholarship are invited to interview. Deadline Dec. 1.
Glenn E. & Barbara R. Ullyot Lakota Scholarship
This premier scholarship recognizes American Indian high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic potential. The full Ullyot Scholarship is valued at up to $20,000 over a four-year period. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Partial, one-time scholarships also are available to American Indian students who demonstrate a commitment to academic learning. Deadline Dec. 1.
Presidential Alumni Scholarship
Open to high school seniors with a 27 or higher ACT (1210 SAT), the scholarship awards up to $28,000 (up to $7,000 per year renewable for four years). Finalists for Presidential Alumni Scholarships are invited to interview. Deadline Dec. 1.
Awarded to the highest ranking senior at the following South Dakota high schools: Aberdeen Central and Roncalli; Brandon Valley; Brookings; Huron; Mitchell; Rapid City Central and Stevens; Sioux Falls Lincoln, O'Gorman, Roosevelt, and Washington; Vermillion; Watertown and Yankton. Deadline Dec. 1.
Spearfish Area Scholarship
This scholarship awards up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year, renewable for four years) to an incoming first-year student who is a graduate of Spearfish High School. The scholarship recipient must demonstrate financial need and possess a strong high school academic performance record. Deadline Dec. 1.
University of South Dakota Transfer Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa and Transfer Students
Awarded to select transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA or transfer students from two-year colleges who have earned membership into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and intend to pursue their first baccalaureate degree at the University of South Dakota. Students are eligible to apply when they initially transfer to The University of South Dakota. The scholarship provides up to $2,000 (up to $1,000 per year) award renewable for two years. Recipients must remain enrolled full-time on the Vermillion campus. Deadline April 1.
Criteria for certain scholarships may include an interest in pursuing or majoring in a particular field of study. An additional application or supplemental materials may be required for some scholarships.
Valued at up to $5,000 for one year, the Beacom Family Scholarship is a one-time award presented to talented freshman students who graduated from a South Dakota high school and plan to major in business field within the University of South Dakota's Beacom School of Business. Deadline is Dec. 1.
Awarded to high-achieving students with professional school aspirations, USD's early admission awards grant conditional or provisional acceptance to either the USD School of Law or the Sanford School of Medicine – the only law and medical schools in the state of South Dakota.
Awarded to South Dakota high school seniors with an interest in medicine, 28 or higher ACT (1250 SAT) and excellent grades, recipients of the award earn conditional acceptance into the Sanford School of Medicine at USD. When completing the academic scholarships online application be sure to complete the additional questions for the Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Students Scholars Program. Visit the the Alumni Student Scholar Program website for additional information about the program. Finalists for the scholarship are asked to interview on campus. Deadline Dec. 1.
Talent scholarships are awarded to students by the academic departments based on a separate application and supplemental materials (auditions for theatre and music and a portfolio for art).
Student athletic scholarships are awarded to varsity athletes by USD coaches in compliance with the policies and procedures of the university, the Summit League, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The amounts and number of awards may vary.
Scholarship opportunities available through federal, state and other sources: