Students must complete the School of Education Scholarship Application to be considered for the following scholarships. The application can be found in Banner and closes on March 1.

Bill Matousek and Marjory Calderia Scholarship

The scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate Native American and/or minority students pursuing a major in Elementary Education with either an Early Childhood or Kindergarten endorsement.

Robert "Bid" and Jonette "Joni" Miller Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate incoming, first-year student who will be attending the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2021.

The student must be enrolled in the USD School of Education and planning to major in elementary education. The recipient must:

  • Be an elementary education major
  • Rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class
  • Be a full-time, on-campus student
  • Be a South Dakota resident
  • Aspire to remain and teach in South Dakota

A new recipient is selected once every four years.

Wayne H. Evans Sr. and Patricia Evans Teacher Education Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a Native American junior or senior undergraduate student or a graduate student who is seeking initial teacher licensure and is enrolled in the USD School of Education. Preference will be given to an undergraduate Native American student; however, a graduate Native American student may be considered.

Edis Juel and Sidney E. Anderson Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded once every four years and will be awarded to an undergraduate incoming, first-year student who will be attending the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2023.

Recipients must be students enrolled in or accepted by the University of South Dakota School of Education who are majoring in elementary education.

Jane Bartling Christensen Scholarship

Recipients must be undergraduate elementary education majors in their third or fourth year of their discipline and are selected based on the recommendations of the internship faculty member upon review of lesson plans, the evaluation and comments of the field-based supervisor and evidence of high-quality work submitted during the internship.

Jeanne Spilde Gonzenbach Scholarship

Scholarships are given to outstanding third- and fourth-year undergraduate students who are enrolled in or accepted by USD’s teacher education program. The recipients will hold majors in elementary, secondary or special education. The scholarship will be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Are elementary, secondary or special education majors
  • Have financial need as the number one priority
  • Have commitment and passion for a career in education
  • Demonstrate campus and community involvement
  • Have a desire to teach in South Dakota upon graduation from USD

Preference is given to South Dakota students.

Mary Wanserki Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given to non-traditional undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the School of Education at USD. Preference will be given to a female Head Start parent.

Grant Heckenlively and Geri Heckenlively Brook Scholarship

Recipients must be undergraduate elementary or secondary education majors enrolled fulltime, in the third or fourth year of their discipline and meet the following criteria:

  • Major in elementary or secondary education
  • Be a graduate of Washington High School or Lincoln High School (Sioux Falls School District)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Tony Cacek Outstanding Social Studies Student Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to social studies (history or political science) education majors. Recipients are chosen based on field experience coursework evaluations, above-average GPA and contributions to the field of social studies.

Ben and Lillie Otto Scholarship

Scholarships are available to undergraduate students pursuing an undergraduate secondary education degree in the USD School of Education Division of Teacher Residency and Education. Recipients must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6. Financial need is a major factor in selecting recipients. Preference will be given to South Dakota Native American students.

Candidates will submit a paper, handwritten in ink and signed, addressing why they desire to become teachers and why they have financial needs. The selection committee strongly considers the papers and the applicants’ abilities to express themselves when making its final decision.

Constance L. Hoag Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are pursuing a major in elementary education or a double major in elementary and special education. The recipients must:

  • Demonstrate qualities of exemplary professionalism, competence and dedication to excellence
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, honesty, integrity and dedication to their future as elementary teachers

E. Louise Coover Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to graduate students who have earned a degree but have returned to the university and are registered in the master's plus certification program to obtain their teaching certificate.

Hazel Linderman Scholarship

Students majoring in elementary education in the USD School of Education are eligible for this award. Recipients should demonstrate strong potential for service in their fields. Financial need may be considered.

Robert and Elizabeth Wood Elementary Education and Special Education Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding School of Education undergraduate students who are enrolled in the elementary education and special education double major at USD and meet all requirements to be students in good standing.

Roger H. Davies Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who plan to teach science. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in music, preferably vocal, and who are from a rural area in South Dakota.