This premier scholarship recognizes American Indian high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic potential. The full Ullyot Scholarship is valued at $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.
The Ullyot Scholarship is supported by the Ullyot Lakota Education Endowment and is administered by the Institute of American Indian Studies.
To apply, please visit the USD Office of Admissions.
In February 1993, Dr. Glenn E. and Barbara R. Ullyot established an endowed scholarship fund within the University of South Dakota Foundation to be used to benefit undergraduate students, the largest one-time gift in USD's history. After meeting with officials from the USD Institute of American Indian Studies, the Ullyots decided to double their endowment, creating the largest scholarship endowment for Native American students in the state of South Dakota.
After graduating form Clark High School, Dr. Ullyot began his higher education at USD in 1927, where he spent two years as an undergraduate and was introduced to organic chemistry in the lectures of Prof. William Pardee. Dr. Ullyot later went on to receive his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. After a career as an eminent medical research chemist at what is now Glaxo Smith Kline, Ullyot began to wind back to his Midwest roots following retirement in 1975. Having learned firsthand the value and fruits of an advanced education, he wished to courage and support high school graduates from South Dakota to pursue their dreams at the University. Dr. Ullyot died in 2002; his wife Barbara continued his legacy, taking a keen interest in the accomplishments of Ullyot scholars, until her death in July 2009.
Over the years, the Ullyot Scholarship has supported many American Indian students at USD, in their undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2008, the Ullyot Scholarship directed its support to incoming fresh-man students. With its substantial and long-term financial commitment, the Ullyot Scholarship is among the most prestigious freshman scholarships awarded by USD, alongside the Mickelson and the Presidential Alumni Scholarships.