George Applegate Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to a male student who is entering their second or third year of law school.

Alan L. Austin Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to a second-year law student who plans to practice in South Dakota upon graduation and expects to be involved in State Bar activities. Recipients should also demonstrate financial need.

Bangs, McCullen, Butler, Foye and Simmons Scholarship

A scholarship is given to one law student in memory of W.A. McCullen each year.

Joseph H. Barnett Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given to law students in memory of Joseph H. Barnett.

M. Plin Beebe Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a second-year law student on the basis of character, scholarship, general ability and need.

Frank Biegelmeier Scholarship

An annual scholarship is given to a sixth-semester law school student who will be engaged in public service employment in South Dakota upon graduation.

Alan Bogue Memorial Law Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a first-year law student with a record of high academic achievement in undergraduate school and potential for success in the study of law.

Andrew and Elizabeth Bogue Law Student Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a second or third-year student on the basis of character, achievement and academic qualification. Final determination is based on the student's character and achievement. Faculty should submit written nominations, including the student's resume and School of Law transcript, to the dean's office by June 1.

Everett A. Bogue Memorial Law Scholarship

This three-year scholarship is available to a first-year law student. The recipient will receive the same scholarship all three years of law school, providing they rank in the top 25 percent of their class and are not on any kind of probation for misconduct.

William F. Brady Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are given to needy and deserving second or third-year law students. Recipients must have an academic standing in the lower 75 percent of their class.

J. Timon Burke Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students of high academic standing who promise enrollment in the USD School of Law.

Joseph M. Butler Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to students intending to pursue a career in the trial bar and who demonstrate personal commitment to the maintenance of access for all Americans seeking justice in the civil courts as exemplified by Joseph M. Butler. Preference is given to Native American students who, because of their economic circumstances, may not otherwise be able to obtain a legal education.

Joe Cadwell Scholarship

Preference for this award is given to a student in need of financial support, as well as to South Dakota residents. The recipient must be in good standing and have high academic achievement.

Dwight Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Students enrolled in the USD School of Law are eligible for this scholarship on the basis of need or ability.

Gary G. Colbath Sr. Scholarship

An award is given to the USD School of Law student who receives the highest grade in criminal law. In the event of a tie for highest grade, the award is split evenly between the students.

Costello, Porter, Hill, Nelson, Heisterkamp and Bushnell Scholarship

Second or third-year students in the USD School of Law are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must submit an essay or case study dealing with any South Dakota Supreme Court decision involving any issue relating to the law of real property or trusts. The essay or case will be judged on the basis of editorial merit, clarity of content, timeliness and ultimate conclusion adopted as a contribution to legal scholarship and the field and practice of law in the areas of real property, probate and trust law.

Fred and Luella Cozad Scholarship

USD School of Law student who receives second place in the competition for the State Bar Real Property & Trust Law Section Scholarship.

Alan Cross Tax Scholarship

This scholarship is for students entering their senior year in the School of Law. Preference is given to students who are ranked at or near the top of their class in tax courses. Further preference is given to students with at least some accounting undergraduate courses.

Joy Cunningham Scholarship

Current or incoming law students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a federally recognized Indian tribe are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship is renewable on a year-by-year basis as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing.

Dave Curington Criminal Procedure Award

This award is split equally among the students who earn the highest grade in each section of the School of Law's first-year criminal procedure class.

George Jonathan Danforth Memorial Law Scholarship

This annual scholarship is for a second or third-year student enrolled in the USD School of Law. The award is given to a student who, in the opinion of the faculty, is an outstanding scholar with high understanding of the principles of ethics concerning the practice of law and who is most likely to succeed as a practicing attorney.

David S. Day Award

The student who receives the highest grade in constitutional law is given this award.

P. Daniel and Laura Donohue Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Third-year law student
  • Female
  • Demonstrates high academic achievement, preferably with a class rank in the upper 25 percent of the class
  • Demonstrates an interest in the areas of trust and estates, probate, estate planning or real estate law
  • Demonstrates superior writing skills
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrates a preference to practice law in South Dakota.

James E. Doyle Scholarship

An annual scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year student at the USD School of Law who has demonstrated financial need.

Elinor M. and Robert E. Driscoll Scholarship

This scholarship goes to a first, second or third-year law student selected at the discretion of the USD School of Law scholarship committee.

Mary L. Drury Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a female USD School of Law student receiving the highest grade in family law.

Patrick K. Duffy Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident or former resident of South Dakota. Preference is given to a student who has shown natural oratory skills and has a passion to see justice through, with a secondary preference given to a student with military service. A third preference is given to a student who has served in any other branch of the armed services.

Peder K. Ecker Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are for second-year law students with proven financial need.

Erickson and Sederstrom Scholarship

This scholarship is given to students who are enrolled in or accepted by the USD School of Law and are in good standing.

Flynn Family Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship must have a satisfactory academic record and have good potential for service to the legal profession. Financial need is given primary consideration in selecting the recipient.

Hubbard Freemont Fellows Scholarship

This scholarship is available to School of Law students who, in the opinion of the faculty, will be most likely to succeed in their academic pursuits and who are in danger of being unable to pursue their course of study without some aid.

Levi B., W.W. and Louis B. French Memorial Scholarship

Sophomore law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Gayla Gull Worthington Memorial Scholarship

Students who exemplify integrity and service to the School of Law are able to apply for this scholarship. Preference is given to those students who serve as student assistants for the alumni program.

Edwin J. Hadd Scholarship

A junior or senior who has exhibited scholarship, need and good character is eligible for this scholarship. USD School of Law faculty choose the recipient.

John F. Hagemann Public Service Award

This award is given to the third-year law student who submits the best essay of up to 500 words describing his or her public service activities during law school.

John F. Hagemann Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a student who is enrolled in or accepted by the USD School of Law. Recipients must be incoming first-year law students who have shown high academic achievement and have a demonstrated financial need.

Roland W. Hagemann Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the USD School of Law student who achieves the highest grade in the water law course.

Philo I. Hall Scholarship

Law students with academic merit are eligible for this scholarship.

Mary W. Hanson Scholarship

Law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Herbert A. Heidepriem Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an incoming law student who demonstrates a likelihood for significant public service.

Fred J. Homeyer Scholarship

This annual award is given to an outstanding third-year law student who intends to seek a clerkship with the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Edward Hope Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to a senior law student attaining the highest scholastic standing during their three-year law academic career.

Preben C. and Christine Hvistendahl Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a second or third-year law student selected at the discretion of the USD School of Law scholarship committee.

Horace R. and Dorothy L. Jackson Award

Recipients for this scholarship are second or third-year USD School of Law students who submit the best brief or briefs for a Moot Court competition, as determined by the faculty advisor.

Eleanor Keuter Law Scholarship

Recipients are women with financial need who are enrolled members of Native American tribes. Preference is given to women from tribes affiliated with South Dakota. Recipients will continue to receive the scholarship in the second and third years as long as they remain in good standing with the School of Law at USD.

John W. Larson/Delta Theta Phi Scholarship

Two USD School of Law students who are in good academic standing and are national members of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity receive this scholarship. Preference is given to students who:

  • Are actively involved with the Harlan-McKusick Senate
  • Have high moral character
  • Demonstrate scholastic achievement in communication and written skills
  • Actively participate in School of Law and community activities
  • Demonstrate financial need

Mary J. Leamy Scholarship

This scholarship helps law students who are in financial need to continue their studies and graduate.

Robert B. and Kevin E. Looby Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to a second-year law student who:

  • Has demonstrated an active academic interest in his or her class, either through class rank or through active participation in classroom and other academic activities
  • Has demonstrated active involvement in law school co-curricular and extra-curricular programs
  • Plans to practice in South Dakota upon graduation
  • Expresses interest to work, upon graduation, with minority or youth-based organizations or individuals, public interest or public defender organizations
  • Demonstrates financial need (not mandatory)

Kelton S. Lynn Scholarship

This scholarship is available to a second or third-year student at the USD School of Law who has demonstrated good academic performance and promise. Preference is given to a student from South Dakota.

William R. McCann Memorial Scholarship

An annual scholarship is given to a first, second or third-year law student selected at the discretion of the USD School of Law scholarship committee. Preference is given to students from South Dakota.

Marshall, Alice and Francis McKusick Scholarship

USD law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Lyman and Lucille Melby Scholarship

Third-year law students selected at the discretion of the USD School of Law scholarship committee are eligible for this scholarship, which recognizes academic achievement during the first two years of law school.

Brian B. Meyer Scholarship

This annual scholarship goes to a USD School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest or proficiency in the practice of administrative law and plans to practice in South Dakota upon graduation and expects to be involved in State Bar activities.

George S. Mickelson Scholarship

Second or third-year USD School of Law students are chosen for this scholarship on the basis of academic performance, leadership and public services. Academic performance will be measured by grade point average and class rank. Leadership will include both activities in the law school and activities as an undergraduate or in a non-academic environment. Public service will include present or past service to the law school and the community, as well as the promise of future public service to the state or nation.

George T. Mickelson Scholarship

This scholarship is given to law students, primarily on the basis of need.

Native American Law Students Association Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to incoming tribally enrolled students at the USD School of Law. The recipient must be a first-year law student who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized South Dakota tribe. The recipient must also have an interest in Indian law, working with tribal governments and service in Native American communities.

Fred Nichol Memorial Scholarship

A second-year law student who has achieved an academic class rank in the top quarter of the class is eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must plan to practice in South Dakota upon graduation and demonstrate financial need.

Jerry Norgren Environmental Law Scholarship

The recipient must demonstrate an interest in environmental law and demonstrate this interest through participation in environmental course work or environmental law writing.

Michael F. Pieplow Scholarship

This scholarship funds one semester of law school tuition for a student. 

Donald I. Porter Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a first-year law student who has demonstrated high academic promise and financial need.

Kurt Preszler Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship goes to the School of Law student who achieved the highest grade in the most recently completed family law class.

Gene E. Pruitt Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a third-year law student who has demonstrated integrity, scholastic achievement and financial need.

Susie Radigan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship second or third-year law student in good standing who has responsibilities for child care and child-rearing for one or more children under the age of 18.

Kenneth E. Raschke Memorial Scholarship

Law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Gerald L. Reade Scholarship

Law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Roy K. Rietz Scholarship

This scholarship is given to the student who achieves the highest grade in probate law.

Riter Family Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship goes to a second or third-year law student who:

  • Has achieved acceptable academic class rank, preferably in the top half of their class
  • Has demonstrated leadership or meaningful involvement in law school co-curricular, extra-curricular or alumni programs
  • Plans to stay in South Dakota upon graduation and expects to be involved in State Bar activities

Rosenbaum Family Law Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship must:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Demonstrate leadership or meaningful involvement in the School of Law and the community
  • Plan to practice, or have a strong interest in, family law
  • Demonstrate financial need

Max Royhl Memorial Scholarship

Annual scholarships are given to USD School of Law students on the basis of ability or need.

William K. Sahr Award

The Willaim K. Sahr Award is an annual scholarship given to a third-year law student. Preference is given to students who:

  • Are relatives of South Dakota lawyers
  • Intend to practice law in South Dakota upon graduation
  • Are active in the Student Bar Association or other public service
  • Show commitment to the American system of justice
  • Are not receiving substantial other scholarships

Schutter Scholarship

Law students are eligible for this scholarship.

M.Q. and Emily Sharpe and Lorena Sharpe Leedy Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year law student who has demonstrated financial need and shows high scholastic achievement.

Donald R. Shultz Scholarship

This scholarship goes to the student with the highest grade in the evidence course.

Stanley E. Siegel Memorial Scholarship

USD law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Harry and Marie Siver Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship must be an incoming first-year student and a deserving second-year student who demonstrate significant scholarship.

Frank J. and Ruth Ann Slagle Scholarship

First preference is given to incoming law students who have demonstrated financial need for scholarships to continue their education.

Myrtle M. Smith Scholarship

Annual scholarships are given with first preference to women who have been accepted as incoming, first-year law students and meet all departmental requirements. The applicant's financial need will be taken into account.

Cindy Spears Memorial Scholarship

Law students with academic merit are eligible for this scholarship.

Georgiabelle and Irwin Stainbrook Scholarship

First-year law students with financial need are eligible for this scholarship.

State Bar RPPT Law Award

This scholarship is given to the student who receives the highest grade in estate planning.

W. Richard Stengel Research Scholarship

An annual research assistant stipend is given to a law student based on criteria determined by the dean's office of the USD School of Law.

Thomas Sterling Scholarship

USD law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Jeff and Marcia Sveen Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year and alternates between students in the School of Law, the Department of Dental Hygiene and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Roy E. Willy Law Scholarship

USD law students are eligible for this scholarship.

Leslie C. and Gertrude L. Winters Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded based on financial need.

Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith Current Scholarships

The Melvin T. Woods and Howell L. Fuller scholarships are awarded to students beginning their third year of law school at USD, while the John B. Shultz and Francis M. Smith scholarships are awarded to students beginning their second year of law school. Applicants must submit a current transcript and application letter summarizing the student's background, accomplishments prior to law school and goals upon graduation. Applicants are judged on academic performance, leadership in the profession of law, personal accomplishments, leadership in co-curricular and extracurricular activities, year in school and desire to practice law in South Dakota.

Gregory A. Yates Native American Law Scholarship

This scholarship is for a Native American student who is enrolled in a federally recognized tribe. The stipend is provided to help mitigate the cost of an LSAT prep course of the student's choice. If accepted, the student will then receive the scholarship to help with tuition. To maintain the scholarship, the student must meet all USD Law School's requirements to be a student in good standing.