USD offers a number of major, merit-based scholarships for talented students.

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 accomplishments to the Honors and USD communities. Financial need is also a consideration for this scholarship. The scholarship application is announced via email each spring.

Law Honors Scholars Program

The Law Honors Scholars Program identifies outstanding high school students dedicated to the mission of the School of Law. Law Honors Scholars receive automatic (provisional) admission to the School of Law.

Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholars Program

For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Undergraduate Admission 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 dependent on progress toward thesis completion. Scholarship qualifications include being a member in good standing of the Honors Program and verification from your thesis director that your 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

Nationally Competitive Scholarships are prestigious, highly selective scholarships offered for undergraduate and graduate study as well as research. Recipients are chosen based on essays, recommendations, GPA and other factors. While nationally competitive scholarships are often hard to win, students from USD win one or more of these competitions nearly every year.