We pride ourselves in the number and quality of scholarships and awards given out each year to qualified students.

Available Scholarships

Dorothy S. Schieffer Political Science Scholarship

The Dorothy S. Schieffer Scholarship is awarded to full-time students who major or minor in political science. Preference is given to non-traditional students with clear financial need. Valued at up to the cost of full tuition, fees, books, room and board for up to four years of full-time study . At least one international travel or study abroad experience and a working internship or service opportunity may be included after consultation with faculty advisor and non-faculty mentor. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.7 grade point average each semester and must maintain a workload allowing for prompt graduation.

Spader Scholarships

Awarded to criminal justice students who have an interest in pursuing training and education in mediation or conflict resolution.

South Dakota Municipal League Scholarship

Awarded to sophomore or junior with an aptitude for, and interest in, local government.

Blair Tremere Scholarships

Available to undergraduates who show promise and responsibility as well as an interest in public service.

Freshman Scholarships

For freshman scholarships see Financial Aid.

Available Awards

Donald W. Beaty Award

Awarded to a self-supporting major, resident of South Dakota, with special interests in the State of South Dakota.

Philo Sherman Bennett Prize

Given for the best essay dealing with the principles of free government.

Dillon Awards

Available to incoming freshmen.

Dillon Outstanding Senior Award

Awarded to an outstanding senior criminal justice major based on overall performance and potential.

Mary B. Edelen Student Intern Award

Given to a student intern who has demonstrated a capacity for and interest in working with our political system.

Faculty Appreciation Award

Given to a student whose contributions most helped the department.

Robert Falk Award

Available to a sophomore or junior South Dakota resident with an interest in state and local government and with leadership potential.

Farber Fund Awards

Available to incoming freshmen.

Farber Fund Writing Awards

Available to seniors for outstanding papers at least 20 pages.

Philip T. Roche Service to Others Award

Awarded to a criminal justice or political science major who has a sense of community service and a desire to help others.

Frank L. "Jeff" Scott Memorial Award

Given to a criminal justice major who has at least a 3.0 GPA and financial need.

South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police Awards

Given to criminal justice majors to promote the study of, and careers in, criminal justice.

South Dakota Sheriffs' Association Awards

Given to criminal justice majors from South Dakota seeking a career in law enforcement.