Scholarships

We believe in the power of education.

So we harness the power of philanthropy to help build the thought-leaders and change-makers of tomorrow.

We’re proud to award more than 150 scholarships to deserving students each year. Whether you’re preparing to graduate from high school, wrapping up a general equivalency diploma, or working toward your undergraduate or graduate degree, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation is proud to partner with passionate donors to administer a wide variety of competitive scholarships to help you achieve your educational goals.


Scholarship applications open in mid-December.


To get started, select from the options below to view a list of available scholarships you may be eligible for, or view all scholarships for high school or college students.

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Available College Scholarships

Name Description Award Deadline
Robert and Dr. Judy Nissen Scholarship To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be 24 years of age or older and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at University Center with a minimum class load of six credit hours per term. Applicants must also have completed at least one semester at University Center. A minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need are also criteria for this award. $560 April 15 Apply
Sioux Falls Area Retired Teachers Scholarship This award benefits students majoring in education at an accredited South Dakota college or university who will be entering their junior or senior year. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, have participated in school and community affairs, and demonstrate motivation and commitment to the teaching profession. $2,000 March 15 Apply
Southeastern District Dental Society Benevolent Scholarship This award is open to students who are entering their final year of the Dental Hygiene program at the University of South Dakota. Winners must also demonstrate financial need. $2,000 February 15 Apply
Spirit of Sioux Falls Scholarship and Award Applicants for this award must live in or maintain residency in Lincoln or Minnehaha County of South Dakota — even though they may attend a school outside the area — or they must attend school in one of these two counties. Applicants must also attend a school accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in business and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of business in American society. A motivation and ability to succeed, academic excellence, and community involvement are also criteria for this award. $3,500 July 1 Apply
Waneta Drake Miller Edmison Non-Traditional Student Scholarship The Waneta Drake Miller Edmison Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is available to students 24 years of age or older who are residents of Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, or McCook counties of South Dakota. Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of six credit hours in a course of study in a degree-granting program and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per academic term at an accredited educational institution. $3,000 March 15 Apply