Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships

Whether you’re wrapping up a general equivalency diploma, graduating from high school, or working toward a graduate degree, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation offers a wide variety of competitive scholarship awards to help you achieve your goals.

Most of our scholarship applications are available online. A few must be obtained through your guidance counselor or college financial aid office.

Before you begin your search, review a list of our board members and staff to make sure none of these are immediate family members as described above.

Online applications can only be accessed when applications for the scholarship are being accepted.Generally, they are posted on or about the 15th of December for the coming academic year. Scholarships that are active have a “Download Application” button to the right of the description.

Please be advised that immediate family members of our board and staff are not eligible to apply for any of the scholarship or award programs administered by SFACF. Immediate family members are defined as parents or step-parents, spouses, children or step-children, grandparents, grandchildren or step-grandchildren, siblings or step-siblings, aunts or uncles, nieces or nephews, in-laws (mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son), and other relatives or significant others who have lived as part of the board or staff member’s immediate family.

Dorothy and Julius Jacobsen enjoyed a simple life. Married for more than 50 years, the couple valued hard work, enjoyed close relationships with friends and family, and shared a love of nature and its creatures – especially their housecats!  Dorothy’s bequest – a legacy gift — created the Julius A. and Dorothy L. Jacobsen Scholarship at SFACF. Her generosity benefits seniors from Tri-Valley, West Central, and Montrose high schools who plan to pursue higher education at an accredited South Dakota school.

Please read guidelines carefully to be sure of eligibility requirements. To help your search, we’ve divided our scholarships into eight categories:

Area Students – college bound

These scholarships are open to students from Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook counties and communities within a 75-mile radius of Sioux Falls who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Area Students – technical and vocational school bound

Open to students from Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook counties and communities within a 75-mile radius of Sioux Falls who plan to attend a vocational or technical school.

Statewide Students – college bound

Open to students graduating from South Dakota high schools who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Statewide Students – technical and vocational school bound

Open to students graduating from South Dakota high schools who plan to attend a vocational or technical school.

Native American Students

Scholarships for students of Native American descent.

College, Technical, and Vocational Students

Scholarships for students already attending a four-year college/university or a vocational/technical school.

Post-Graduate

Scholarships for students admitted to or enrolled in a graduate program, including education, medicine, seminary, healthcare administration, and others.

Special Opportunities

Scholarships limited to students graduating from specific high schools located outside the Sioux Falls area, such as Kimball, Doland, Bon Homme, and more.