About the Scholarship

The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to high school graduate of the state of South Dakota who is excellent in academics to help them pursue post-secondary education at a university, college or any educational institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The scholarship program is awarded to students who are attending eligible institutions in the state of South Dakota until they attain a baccalaureate degree. The list of institutions participating in the scholarship program is available on the official website of the scholarship.


South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Awards

  • The students are eligible to receive the scholarship up to 4 years or till they acquire a baccalaureate degree. The scholarship amount varies from $1300 to $2600 increasing towards the end of the course.

  • The students in their first three years receive $1300 and $2600 in the fourth year.

  • The students may reapply for the scholarship if eligible according to the criteria. The scholarship is funded by the South Dakota Legislature.


South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Application Requirements

The applicants of the scholarship are selected based on the selection criteria. Students must be residents of the state of South Dakota pursuing postsecondary education at an eligible university, college or any educational institution.

The applicant must complete the application form that is available on the official website of the scholarship with accurate details and must be submitted to the scholarship committee along with the following documents:

  • An official high school transcript.

  • A copy of the records of ACT and SAT scores if not included in the high school transcript.


South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Application Deadline

The application process must be completed and submitted to the scholarship committee no later than 1st September with all the required documents. Applications received past the deadline is considered invalid.


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.