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South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship


Scholarship Amounts
The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides $5,000 over four years to a qualifying student who attends an eligible higher education institution in SD:
$1,000 1st year of attendance
$1,000 2nd year of attendance
$1,000 3rd year of attendance
$2,000 4th year of attendance

One-half of the annual scholarship award will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester and the other half distributed at the beginning of the spring semester.

NOTE: If the number of eligible recipients exceeds the amount of money appropriated for the scholarship by the SD Legislature, the scholarship may be prorated and distributed to each recipient proportionately.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a resident of South Dakota at time of high school graduation.
  • Have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher. If using a SAT score, the sum of the verbal and mathematics scores on the SAT must be at least 1070.
  • Complete high school course requirements commonly known as the Regents Scholar curriculum with no final grad below a C(2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (grade of B).
  • Attend university, college, or technical school accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and that provides instruction from a campus located in SD.
  • Enter into program within 5 years of high school graduation, or within 1 year of the student's release from active duty military service (if that release is within 5 years of the date of the student's high school graduation).
  • May participate in South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Program for the equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive fall and spring terms), or until attaining a baccalaureate, associate, or technical degree, whichever comes first.