About the Scholarship

The program of scholarship was approved by The South Dakota Legislature in 2003 to permit South Dakota's most famous academic high school graduates to get a reasonable education at any university, college, or technical school in South Dakota that is empowered by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  In 2004, the Legislature changed the name of the scholarship the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship and permitted funding from the state of South Dakota's Education Improvement Trust Fund, starting with the high school graduating classes in 2004.

Duration: The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship is for eight continuous semesters. If a student for some time loses eligibility, the "clock" continues to run on the scholarship and eligibility parameters ceases at the end of eight continuous semesters from the starting.

Exemptions: A student may appeal to the Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Regents for tolerance from illiberal compliance with the requirements of the South Dakota chance Scholarship. Note: it is not fixed that Appeal application automatically will gain guaranteed approval. Fourth-year students who are qualified for graduation at the ending of their 7th term may be accorded a pointer to receive an amount in their final 7th semester.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be a South Dakota resident during high school graduation.

  • The ACT and SAT scores should be 24, 1090 or higher.

  • The student should complete the high school course known as the Regents Scholar curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.