Thanks in a large part to our generous donors, we awarded more than $172,000 in scholarships last year. The departmental scholarships are available for junior and senior students admitted to the nursing major. Students will be contacted by their advisor regarding scholarship opportunities.

A.R.C.H. Scholarship

Nursing students who are committed to becoming employees of Avera McKennan upon graduation are eligible for this scholarship.

Philip Bernard Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nursing students at the Vermillion site.

Melissa L. and Kevin G. Garry A.S. Scholarship

This scholarship goes to an average student admitted to the USD A.S. nursing program who is in their second year. The student must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours in the Rapid City, Pierre or Watertown sites. Preference is given to a student with financial need.

Melissa L. and Kevin G. Garry B.S. Scholarship

This scholarship goes to an average student admitted to the USD B.S. nursing program who is in their second, third or fourth year. The recipient must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at the Vermillion, Sioux Falls or Rapid City sites. Preference is given to a student with financial need. The scholarship is renewable if the student continues to meet the criteria.

Alice Hobler Starting Over Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student starting their second year in the Rapid City nursing program. First preference is given to a student who started nursing as a second career.

Holmes-Taylor Scholarship

Candidates for this scholarship must be nursing majors with financial need. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Carol A. and Arlin L. Houtkooper Scholarship

Students must be pursuing an A.S. in nursing at any USD location. Preference is given to a non-traditional student with financial need. 

Alice Bremer Jopling Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nursing students.

Doris Erickson Lillibridge Scholarship

Scholarships are given to nursing students planning to pursue rural health care nursing in South Dakota. Preference is given to students from Gregory, Tripp, Jones and Charles Mix counties.

Marian Meyer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to nursing students from the Watertown site. Preference is given to:

  • Single parents
  • Students with financial need
  • Students who graduated from a high school in northeast South Dakota

Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have exemplary performance in clinicals.

Nursing Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the USD nursing program.

Rapid City Student Nurses Association Scholarship for Upward Mobility

Students enrolled in the R.N. or B.S.N. nursing program are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA in the pre-nursing or core nursing courses
  • Have an active South Dakota R.N. license
  • Demonstrate a pattern of community services as an R.N. or nursing student.

Applicants must obtain a recommendation from a current nursing supervisor, if currently employed, or a recent faculty member.

Rosenbaum Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to a graduate of Vermillion High School. Preference is also given to an outgoing candidate with a history of community service and a commitment to the Siouxland area.

Dorothy Schurrer Scholarship

Nursing students at the Watertown site are eligible for this scholarship.

Louisa Irene Scott Scholarship

Students enrolled in the Department of Nursing are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants may be considered from students attending outreach sites, including Pierre and Sioux Falls.

Norma Stratton Scholarship

Candidates should be nursing students interested in oncology or hospice care. Students are required to submit an essay discussing their nursing goals, why they want to pursue this field and what impact they hope to make in their professional career.

Ben T. Suga Scholarship

Students enrolled in or accepted to the USD nursing program are eligible. Students attending classes on the USD campus and departmental outreach sites may be considered. Preference is given to students expressing an interest in a career in psychiatric nursing.

Sharon Taylor Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nursing students.

John T. Vucurevich Nursing Scholarship

Candidates attending Department of Nursing outreach sites will be considered, as well as those attending classes in Vermillion.

John T. Vucurevich Rapid City Nursing Scholarship

Nursing students enrolled in the Rapid City nursing program are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the West River director of the nursing program and includes students in advanced practice studies.

Roanne Weaver Scholarship

Nursing students at the Sioux Falls site are eligible for this scholarship.

Keo Rose Weegar Nursing Scholarship

Nursing students in good standing at USD are eligible for this scholarship. Preference is given to graduates of Parker High School. Recipients engaged in intercollegiate athletics are not eligible.

Orval J. Weegar Nursing Scholarship

Nursing students in good standing at USD are eligible for this scholarship. Preference is given to graduates of Parker High School. Recipients engaged in intercollegiate athletics are not eligible.

Judith West Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nursing students.

Lulu B. Wheeler Scholarship

This scholarship is for students in the healing arts.


Freshmen

All first-time freshman students are automatically considered for the Coyote Commitment scholarship, along with several others.

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