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
North Central Heart Endowment This scholarship benefits students pursuing a medical degree through the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. They must be classified as third or fourth-year students in the program, demonstrate the potential to succeed in medicine, and demonstrate financial need. The selection panel gives preference to applicants who plan to practice in the region following graduation. $3,750 April 30 Apply
Osmann Family Native American Scholarship This scholarship benefits graduating South Dakota high school seniors who are enrolled members of a Native American tribe. Applicants must plan to attend a college in the South Dakota university system or a vocational or technical school in Sioux Falls, Watertown, Mitchell, or Rapid City and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher after seven semesters of high school. Applicants must also have the desire and ability to succeed in further academic study and have participated in extra-curricular or community activities. $1,000 March 15 Apply
Ralph and Doris Wallin Scholarship Applicants must be residents of Minnehaha or Lincoln County who are 25 years old or younger and are enrolling for the first time at an accredited vocational or technical institution in South Dakota or within 250 miles of Sioux Falls. Applicants must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA for the last three years of the student’s high school study. $6,000 March 15 Apply
Raymond Eddy Scholarship Applicants must be graduating seniors of Sioux Falls Public Schools who plan to attend an accredited college or university in South Dakota. Financial need is a must. An outstanding GPA is not a distinguishing criterion for the award. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year. $5,000 March 15 Apply
Regina “Grandma” Evans Scholarship Applicants for this scholarship must be graduating seniors of a public or private high school located in Dell Rapids, South Dakota who plan to attend an accredited technical school or four-year academic college or university. Applicants must also have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. $500 March 15 Apply
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. $500 April 15 Apply
Robert W. Best Scholarship This award is available to graduating seniors of Sioux Falls Christian High School or a Sioux Falls public high school. Applicants must have a C average or higher and plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school. Financial need and potential to succeed through involvement in community or school are also criteria for the award. $4,000 March 15 Apply
Rush Family Scholarship Applicants for this scholarship must be graduating high school seniors or current college students who are children of full time employees of North American Truck & Trailer, Inc. & Subsidiaries that plan to attend an accredited institution of higher education in the fall. Applicants must also have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. $1,500 March 15 Apply
Sally Bertina Meyer Scholarship This scholarship benefits high school seniors who attend a Minnehaha County high school in South Dakota. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, show an interest in the out-of-doors, and have the desire and ability to succeed in further academic study $1,250 March 15 Apply
Shon Trimble Memorial Scholarship Applicants must be graduating seniors of Brandon Valley High School who plan to attend a four-year college or university. Applicants must also have actively participated in the BVHS band program for at least two academic years and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. $750 March 15 Apply