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.
Students may apply for the Presidential Alumni scholarship using the online Academic Scholarship Application. The Academic Scholarship Application is generally available in the fall of each year with a priority deadline of 15 Oct. and the final deadline for submitting the application is 1 Dec. The Presidential Alumni Scholarship is open to high school seniors with a 27 or higher ACT (1210 SAT), the scholarship awards up to $28,000 (up to $7,000 per year renewable for four years). Finalists for Presidential-Alumni Scholarships are invited to interview.
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.
Additional scholarships may be awarded to incoming students with extraordinary talent in music, theatre or art. Please contact your specific department for more information.
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.
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.