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 High School Scholarships

Name Description Award Deadline
James B. and Vera A. Sadler Undergraduate Scholarship This scholarship benefits graduates of Washington High School in Sioux Falls, who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in education at an accredited four-year college or university. Eligible applicants must have completed enough credit hours to be classified as an incoming junior or senior, and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in their major and overall. $7,500 March 15 Apply
James Stenholtz Scholarship This scholarship goes to a graduating senior of Lincoln Senior High School who plans to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school. Eligible applicants must also demonstrate financial need and have participated in extra-curricular and community activities. $750 March 15 Apply
Jeremy Baum “Hope” Scholarship Applicants must be a graduate or a graduating senior of a Dell Rapids high school or a person who has earned a GED or equivalent and resides in Dell Rapids. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school. $3,250 March 15 Apply
Jerry Hoftiezer Memorial Scholarship This scholarship benefits graduating seniors of Dell Rapids High School who plan to attend a four-year college or university and are involved in school and community activities. Special consideration is given to students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and who have taken five math courses, including A.P. Calculus. Applicants are not required to pursue a math-related college major to be eligible for this scholarship. $2,250 March 15 Apply
Jim and Fran Foss Scholarship Applicants must be graduating seniors of a Sioux Falls public high school who plan to attend an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate financial need. In addition, applicants must have completed their FAFSA and received their Student Aid Report before applying. $5,000 March 15 Apply
Jim and Pat Croston Family Scholarship Applicants must be graduates of a Sioux Falls high school majoring in education and enrolled as full-time students entering their junior or senior year at an accredited, four-year academic college or university in South Dakota. Preference will be given to those who are pursuing degrees in elementary or secondary education or who plan to work in a middle school setting. $1,000 March 15 Apply
Joe and Norma Rahm Memorial Scholarship This scholarship supports graduating seniors of Doland or Redfield high schools who plan to attend a South Dakota accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school. Successful applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be involved in school and community activities, and be highly motivated self-starters. $1,500 April 1 Apply
Joe Foss “An American Hero” Scholarship To be eligible for this award, applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university or vocational or technical school; have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and a minimum ACT score of 21; and demonstrate characteristics of an American patriot. Available to seniors graduating from South Dakota high schools. $1,000 March 15 Apply
Julius A. and Dorothy L. Jacobsen Scholarship To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduating seniors from Montrose, Tri-Valley, or West Central high schools in South Dakota. Applicants must also plan to attend an accredited, bachelor degree-granting, four-year college or university in South Dakota; excel in citizenship, work, extra-curricular activities, or other endeavors; and have distinguished themselves academically as demonstrated by an ACT score of 28 or higher and a grade point average of 3.8 or higher. Notes: $4,000 scholarships available to students pursuing education at a public institution; $8,000 scholarships for students pursuing education at private institutions. $4,000 March 15 Apply
Junior League of Sioux Falls Scholarship The Junior League of Sioux Falls is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of other women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Applicants for this scholarship must be female; reside in Minnehaha or Lincoln Counties of South Dakota; be a graduating senior from an accredited high school or a home school program; and plan to attend an accredited college, university, community college, vocational school, or technical school (excluding institutions whose academic programs are conducted primarily online or via correspondence). Additionally, applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 23 or a minimum SAT score in the math and critical reading components of 1060. $750 March 15 Apply