Freshman Scholarships

WolfPACT Scholarship

Northern's WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest guaranteed scholarship in the region!

You can be eligible for a renewable award of up to $12,000, based on your high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores (SAT scores are based on total scores from the redesigned SAT).

Visit the WolfPACT page to determine your minimum and maximum eligibility! To apply for a WolfPACT scholarship, submit a completed admission application and ask your Admissions Counselor for full details.

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 Scholarship offers $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 1, 2021

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, foreign language 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, 2021

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


Ardell Bjugstad Scholarship

Applicant must be a high school senior planning on a degree in agriculture, natural resources or a related field, resident of South Dakota or North Dakota AND an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe whose reservation is located in South Dakota or North Dakota. Requires application, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and verification of tribal enrollment. One $500 scholarship.

Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021

Ardell Bjugstad Scholarship Application


Annis I. Fowler/Kaden Scholarship

Applicant must be a first-time entering freshman with a 3.0 high school GPA, intending on majoring in elementary education. Requires application, essay, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcript and ACT scores. One $1,000 scholarship.

Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021

Annis I. Fowler/Kaden Scholarship Application

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