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Coyote Commitment Scholarship Program

All first-time freshmen students who apply for admission to USD are automatically considered for up to $3,500 per year. Students must submit a complete application for admission with all required supporting documents as well as an SAT or ACT official test score. No additional scholarship application is required; all complete applications with test scores are considered. The award is renewable for four years as long as students maintain full-time enrollment and the minimum grade point average. Although there is no deadline or separate application for this award, students should apply to USD prior to 1 April for full consideration.

Global Community Scholarship

The Global Community Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving their communities and schools and who plan to continue that engagement while living on campus. Undergraduate students admitted before the second week in April (fall start) or last week of October (spring start) receive an invitation to submit an application. A limited number of these scholarships are awarded to international students who intend to live on campus. The awards are renewable and worth approximately $2,000 a year.

Presidential Alumni Scholarships

Students may apply for the Presidential Alumni scholarship using the online Academic Scholarship Application. The application is available in the fall of each year. Open to high school seniors with a 27 or higher ACT (1280 SAT), the scholarship is valued at in-state tuition and fees over a four-year period (15 credit hours per semester up to 120 hours over four years).  Finalists for Presidential Alumni Scholarships are invited to interview. Deadline is December 1.

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa and transfer students awarded to select transfer students from U.S. institutions with a minimum 3.0 GPA or transfer students from two-year colleges who have earned membership into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and intend to pursue their first baccalaureate degree at USD. Students are eligible to apply when they initially transfer to USD. The scholarship provides up to a $2,000 (up to $1,000 per year) award renewable for two years. Recipients must remain enrolled full-time on the Vermillion campus. Deadline 1 April.

Talent Scholarships

Additional scholarships may be awarded to incoming students with extraordinary talent in music, theatre or art. Please contact your specific department for more information.

Athletic Scholarships

Student athletic scholarships are awarded to varsity athletes by USD coaches in compliance with the policies and procedures of the university, the Summit League, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). NCAA Division I scholarships offered by the Coyotes are extremely competitive and amounts and number of awards may vary.

Graduate Assistantships

Qualified post-baccalaureate students receive financial assistance in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the university. Teaching and research assistantships are awarded by individual departments.

Graduate Assistantships