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Sharon Kienow, Director
Dacotah Hall 103
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2640
Fax:      605-626-2587
The WolfPACT Scholarship
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The largest guaranteed four year scholarship in the Midwest. Money you can count on. Get your ACT Score; find out your scholarship award. It's that simple!
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Freshman Scholarships

WolfPACT Scholarship

Northern State University's WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest guaranteed scholarship in South Dakota. 


Students with an ACT of 30 or higher are guaranteed $12,000 over 4 years; ACT scores of 28 or 29 qualify for $11,000 over 4 years; scores of 24 to 27 qualify for $7,000 over 4 years; and scores of 21 to 23 receive $5,000 over 4 years. See below for required SAT scores.

Deadline: To apply for WolfPACT, send a completed admission application, application fee, high school transcript and ACT or SAT score and be accepted for admission by March 1.
The WolfPACT is for new freshmen only.
ACT Score of 28 or 29 - $11,000
SAT of 1250 - 1320 (Critical Reading + Math)
3.0 GPA required for renewal
Year 1​ ​$2,000
​Year 2 ​$2,500
​Year 3 ​$3,000
​Year 4 ​$3,500
ACT Score of 24-27 - $7,000
SAT of 1090 -  1240 (Critical Reading + Math)
3.0 GPA required for renewal
​Year 1 ​$1,000
​Year 2 ​$1,500
​Year 3 ​$2,000
​Year 4 ​$2,500
ACT Score of 21-23 - $5,000
SAT of 980 – 1080 (Critical Reading + Math)
3.0 GPA required for renewal
Year 1​ ​$ 750
​Year 2 ​$1,000
​Year 3 ​$1,500
​Year 4 ​$1,750



President's Meritorious Scholarship

Applicants with an ACT score of 30 or above who are accepted for admission by March 1 will automatically receive a President's Meritorious Scholarship. In addition to the $11,000 WolfPACT Scholarship, these students will receive an additional $1,000 in their freshman year, for a total scholarship award of $12,000.


ACT Score of 30 or above - $12,000
SAT of 1330 or above
3.0 GPA required for renewal
Year 1​ ​$3,000
​Year 2 ​$2,500
​Year 3 ​$3,000
​Year 4 ​$3,500



Hatterscheidt Scholarship

The Hatterscheidt Scholarships offer $2,000 awards to incoming  freshman applicants who:

  • Are South Dakota residents graduating from a South Dakota high school
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and
  • Show financial need
A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. 
Deadline: The 2016-2017 application cycle has ended. Applications for 2017-2018 scholarships will be available in early 2017.
Dakota Corps Scholarship
The Dakota Corps scholarships are four-year, full-tuition-and-fee scholarships for South Dakota high school seniors who plan to major in and then become employed in one of the following critical-need occupations: special education, math education, science education, career and technical education, accountant/auditor, nursing, engineering (except mining), and information technology.
Students must have a composite ACT score of 24 or greater and have graduated from an accredited South Dakota high school with a GPA of 2.8 or greater on a 4.0 scale. In addition, recipients must agree to stay in South Dakota and work in their critical need occupation for as many years as the scholarship was received plus one year.
Applications are available from your high school guidance counselor or at the link below.
Deadline: Feb. 1
South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
This scholarship provides $6,500 over four years to qualifying South Dakota students who attend an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota.
Qualifying students will have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher and complete the high school course requirements commonly known as the Regents Scholar curriculum with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Applications are available from your high school guidance counselor or at the link below. 
Deadline: As early as possible, but no later than Sept. 1 for fall enrollment

NSU Future Educator Scholarship
The NSU Future Educator Scholarship will provide $1,000 non-renewable scholarships to incoming freshmen who are secondary education majors in the high-demand areas of mathematics, language arts, science or music. 

Students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 25 (SAT 1150) and a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.2. In addition, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Deadline: 2016-2017 applications are closed. Applications will be available in spring 2017.