Outside Scholarships

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U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Deadline: Nov. 27, 2018

Summary: The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages (see website for official list); summer 2019. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled and be 18 by May 15, 2019. The scholarship program includes international airfare, tuition, and all program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).


HTR Scholarship (Hartford Technology Rental)

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2018

Summary: Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate junior or senior with a 3.0 GPA; pursuing a degree related to IT; and a U.S. resident. Requires application and proof of full-time enrollment. One $1,000 scholarship.


South Dakota Well Drillers Association Scholarship (SDWDA)

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018

Summary: Applicant must be a South Dakota resident or relative of an individual employed by a member company in good standing, a full-time student who has completed their freshman year at an accredited post-secondary South Dakota school with a major emphasis on a degree related to the water/water well/ground water industry, and have a 2.0 GPA. The top two winners are required to attend SDWDA convention to accept the scholarship. Requires typed application, essay, transcript, photo, and two letters of recommendation. One $4,000, one $3,000, and three $1,000 scholarships. 


Wealth Wise Scholarship

Deadline: Dec, 31, 2018

Summary: Applicant must be a U.S. resident with a 3.5 GPA seeking a major for a career in the finance industry (finance, business, mathematics, etc.). Requires essay and official transcripts. One $1,000 scholarship.


Camping Carnival Scholarship

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2018

Summary: Applicant must be either be a high school senior with a 3.0 GPA or a current college student with a 2.5 GPA and a citizen of the United States. Application requires essay with pictures and a submission of application form via Google Docs. One $500 scholarship to be awarded.


Northern Electric Cooperative Scholarship

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Summary: Applicant must be a member-system consumer/cooperative or dependent of a member, currently enrolled, or planned to be enrolled full-time in a graduate or undergraduate program. Requires application, essay, transcripts, ACT scores (if incoming freshman), and applicant appraisal. One $1,000 and one $500 scholarship.


Randall Blair Isenberg Alcohol Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: Mar. 15, 2019

Summary: Applicant must be enrolled/accepted in an undergraduate or graduate program with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher and have demonstrated raising awareness of alcohol addiction. Requires resume listing history of raising alcohol addiction awareness, essay, transcript, and online application. One $500 scholarship.


Ampronix College Scholarship 

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Summary: Applicants must be a United States resident, enrolled as an undergraduate student, and performed at least 20 hours of community service in the last year. Requires taking a survey, proof of enrollment, proof of volunteering, and photo with essay. One $1,000, one $750, and one $500 scholarship to be awarded.


Cherish Scholarship

Deadline: Jun. 30, 2019

Summary: Applicant must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll as an undergrad or graduate student with a 2.0 cumulative GPA. All majors are encouraged to apply; preference given to applicants pursuing design- and engineering-related fields. One $2,500 scholarship.


2019 Volunteer Scholarship - DealHack

Deadline: Jun. 30, 2019

Summary: Applicant must be enrolled full time for the 2019-20 academic year currently in good standing and show outstanding community volunteer involvement. Requires online application, reference, and essay. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded.


Howard Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Application available each spring

Summary: Applicants for the Howard Memorial Scholarship must be residents of Brown County OR plan to attend Northern State University regardless of where they live. Requires application, page one of the federal income tax return, and a transcript. Scholarships up to $1,000 available.



South Dakota Board of Regents Scholarships

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: See website

Summary: Applicants must be South Dakota students who attended an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota. Requires composite ACT score of 24 or higher, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and completion of the high school course requirements commonly known as the Regents Scholar curriculum. Guaranteed to all students who qualify, $6,500 over four years.