Freshman Scholarships

WolfPACT Scholarship

Northern State University's WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest guaranteed scholarship in the Midwest!

You can be eligible for a renewable award of up to $12,000, based on your ACT score and housing choice. You also can use SAT scores - Critical Reading + Math - to determine eligibility.

The annual increases require you to live on campus. Visit the WolfPACT page to determine your minimum and maximum eligibility!To apply for a WolfPACT scholarship, submit a completed admission application, application fee, high school transcript, and official ACT or SAT scores and be accepted for admission by

March 1.

The WolfPACT is for new freshmen only. Students must be enrolled full time and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for renewal.


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: March 15, 2017

Hatterscheidt Application


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 27 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

Dakota Corps Application


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

S.D. Opportunity Application


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.


Ardell Bjugstad Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 26, 2017

Summary: Applicant must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe whose reservation is location in South Dakota or North Dakota as well as a resident of either state. Must also be a high school senior demonstrating academic achievement and planning to earn a degree in agriculture, natural resources or a related field. Requires application, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and verification of tribal enrollment. One $500 scholarship.


Annis I. Fowler/Kaden Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 26, 2017

Summary: Applicant must have a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and be a first-time entering freshman with intent of majoring in elementary education. Requires application, essay, two letters of recommendation , official high school transcript and copy of ACT results. Two $1,000 scholarships.