High School Seniors

Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating High School Seniors

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The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation manages one of the state's largest scholarship programs, awarding more than $400,000 in scholarships to local students each year. If you’re interested in pursuing higher education, it's likely we have a scholarship that can help you achieve your dream.

The Community Foundation is proud to administer the following scholarships for graduating high school seniors:

Awarded to an Alcester-Hudson High School senior based on need and other criteria.

This award benefits graduating seniors of Baltic High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school. Applicants must have financial need.

This scholarship provides an award for the first year of higher education at an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school for students from the Sioux Falls area who have a financial need. Applicants must be graduating seniors of an alternative school, or of a Sioux Falls area public or private high school, or have earned a GED. Applicants graduating from a public or private high school must have a cumulative GPA of no greater than 3.0. There is no GPA requirement for applicants graduating from an alternative school or for those who have earned a GED. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduating seniors from high schools throughout South Dakota, Southwest Minnesota, and Northwest Iowa who plan to attend an accredited, four-year college or university. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need; have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; participate in extra-curricular and community activities, and demonstrate an interest in and understanding of the role of business in American society.

Applicants who benefit from this award must be graduating high school seniors from the Sioux Falls area who have participated in the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club, or in Sioux Falls high school soccer programs. Additionally, they must plan to attend an accredited college or university, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and demonstrate leadership through his or her role on a soccer team. Excellence in athletics or other extracurricular activities within the community will also be evaluated by the selection panel. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

Successful candidates for this award must be graduating from a Minnehaha County public or private high school and planning to attend a South Dakota college or university. Additional criteria includes participation in extra-curricular and community activities and a desire and ability to succeed in a chosen career field.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors of high schools in Brookings, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, or Turner counties of South Dakota. They must also have high academic achievement as demonstrated by cumulative GPA, class rank, and ACT score; plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university in South Dakota; and be involved in school and community activities. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a desire to pursue and meet educational goals. Children and immediate family members of the firm's partners and employees are not eligible for the award. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Dell Rapids Public High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school. Applicants must also be ranked in the lower 90 percent of their graduating class and demonstrate financial need. The selection panel gives preference to qualified applicants who have not received other scholarship awards.

Winners of this award must be graduates of a South Dakota high school who plan to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Additionally, successful candidates will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; demonstrate financial need; and show character traits such as courage, determination, and an ability to overcome adversity. Scholarships awarded through this fund are renewable.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Kimball Public High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, rank in the top 50% of their class, and have participated in extra-curricular and community activities. Preference will be given to students who plan to enroll in a South Dakota educational institution.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Alcester-Hudson High School who have participated in agriculture courses or Future Farmers of America and who demonstrate financial need.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Brandon Valley High School who plan to attend an accredited South Dakota college or university. Students must also demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must be graduating seniors at an accredited public or private high school in the Sioux Falls area and must plan to attend an accredited four-year academic college or university. Equitable employees, associates, immediate family members of employees, and associates of the Donor are not eligible for the award. Successful candidates will demonstrate diligence, determination to overcome challenges, and willingness to undertake unusual responsibility in pursuit of a worthy, nonacademic personal achievement.

This award is open to descendants of the Fool Soldiers, a group of Teton Lakota men who ransomed the freedom of two white women and six children held captive by a band of Dakota Indians in 1862. Eligible applicants must be able to prove their ancestry; have a GPA of 2.0 or higher; be planning to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school; and have financial need. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

This scholarship is awarded annually to graduating seniors from Canton High School who plan to attend an accredited college or university, are ranked in the top 50% of their class, have actively participated in extra-curricular activities, and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

Applicants who plan to attend a four-year college or university in South Dakota, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.9 after seven semesters, and have a minimum ACT score of 28 are eligible for this award. It is available to seniors graduating from South Dakota high schools. This scholarship offers multiple awards and is renewable.

Applicants must be graduating seniors who live in the Dell Rapids, South Dakota area, which is defined as the area bounded on the south by Interstate 90, on the north by SD Hwy 34, on the east by the South Dakota/Minnesota state line, and on the west by SD Hwy 19. Applicants must also plan to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Graduating high school seniors from Doland High School are eligible for this award. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school; demonstrate financial need; have a GPA of 2.0 or higher; and demonstrate the desire, motivation, and ability to succeed in his/her chosen field. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

This scholarship benefits seniors graduating from Sioux Falls public or private high schools who plan to pursue higher education at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. Applicants must plan to study engineering and pursue a career in the engineering field. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.

Graduating seniors who have attended Canton Public High School for a minimum of two academic years are eligible for this award. Further criteria include attendance at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in South Dakota and involvement in school, community, and church activities. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

Awarded to an Alcester-Hudson High School senior based on financial need and interest in pharmacy, medicine, nursing, laboratory science, chemistry, physics, or other sciences.

Applicants must be graduating seniors of an accredited high school in the Sioux Falls area who plan to attend an accredited college or university and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

This scholarship benefits graduating seniors of Groton High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational school in South Dakota. To be eligible, applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need, and have the desire and ability to succeed in their chosen field of study. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduating high school seniors who live in Lincoln County, South Dakota, and are members of the Lutheran faith with plans to attend accredited four-year colleges or universities that are affiliated with the Lutheran church. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and have the ability to achieve academic success.

Successful applicants for this award must be graduating seniors of Sioux Falls public or private high schools who plan to attend a South Dakota college, university, or vocational or technical school. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, which is the key factor in selecting a winner for this award. Additional criteria includes a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ability to succeed in a chosen field of study.

This award benefits graduating seniors of Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls who plan to attend a four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need, and have the desire and ability to succeed in his or her chosen field of study. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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.

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.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

Open to graduating seniors of Lennox High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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: $5,000 scholarships available to students pursuing education at a public institution; $10,000 scholarships for students pursuing education at private institutions. This scholarship offers multiple awards and is renewable.

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.

Applicants for this award must be graduating seniors of Lincoln High School who have participated in extra-curricular and community activities; plan to attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school; have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; and demonstrate traits such as determination, desire to succeed, ability to work well with others, and to go beyond what is expected to help and inspire others. Scholarships awarded through this fund are renewable.

This award benefits graduating seniors of Baltic High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, vocational school, or technical school. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

This scholarship benefits graduating high school seniors who are enrolled members of a South Dakota Native American tribe or South Dakota tribal members who are returning to school after an absence. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational school; have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; have participated in school and community activities (only applies to high school seniors); and have the desire and ability to accomplish his or her goals.

This scholarship is available only to students who have been selected as a Kiwanis Club of Sioux Falls Junior Kiwanian of the Month during the most recent academic year. Applicants must be graduating seniors of a Sioux Falls School District public high school or of a private high school located within the Sioux Falls city limits who plan to attend an accredited college, university, community college, vocational school or technical school. Scholarships awarded through this fund are renewable.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors from a Minnehaha or Lincoln County high school who plan to attend a South Dakota college, university, community college, or vocational or technical school. Additionally, successful applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; an ACT of 23 or higher; and be a child, grandchild, or stepchild of a Sioux Falls Kiwanis Club member or be a member of a Kiwanis affiliate Key Club in Minnehaha or Lincoln County. An applicant's interest in community service is also a criterion of this award.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors of Brandon Valley High School who have completed at least two academic years at Brandon Valley. Additionally, applicants must have participated in both school-sponsored choir and band for at least three high school academic years, plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Alcester-Hudson High School. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need, as opposed to those who demonstrate academic excellence.

Applicants must be graduating seniors from an accredited high school in Minnehaha or Lincoln County, South Dakota. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university or vocational or technical school. Financial need, participation in school and community affairs, and motivation to pursue goals is also a must.

This scholarship is open to Alcester-Hudson High School seniors who have participated and excelled in Family and Consumer Science or Family, Career, and Community Leadership of America and demonstrate financial need.

This award benefits graduating seniors from Sisseton High School who plan to pursue a post-secondary course of study of at least two years duration, have maintained a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale for the final three years of high school, and demonstrate financial need.

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. Scholarships awarded through this fund are renewable.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards and is renewable.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards and is renewable.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

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.

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.

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.

The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is a national organization that is dedicated to bringing together construction finance professionals and those partners serving their unique needs. The Siouxland Chapter created this scholarship to promote and award graduating high school seniors who wish to pursue an academic or technical degree in construction. Applicants must plan to attend an institution of higher learning within a 100-mile radius of Sioux Falls. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

These scholarships are open to graduating seniors who have been served by the South Dakota School for the Deaf. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, community college, vocational or technical school. Preference will be given to current residents of South Dakota.

Graduating seniors of Tea Area High School, including home-schooled students in Tea who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school are eligible for this scholarship. Students must also have a GPA of 2.5 or higher over the most recent three years; demonstrate leadership ability through participation in extracurricular, community, church, or work activities; and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university and are youth golfers with two years participation in the CCSF junior golf program. Eligible applicants must be a child of a member who has been a member of the CCSF for two years. They must also be ranked in the top half of their class.

Graduating seniors who live in the Trent area benefit from this award. Organizers have defined the Trent community as the area bounded on the south by the Moody County line, on the north by SD Highway 34, on the east by the South Dakota state line, and on the west by the Colman Road, also known as 470th Avenue. Eligible applicants must be of good moral character and plan to attend an accredited, post-secondary educational institution. They must submit a written application and official high school transcript or equivalent.

Applicants must be graduating seniors of any high school program in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, or a graduating senior from a public high school program in Huron, South Dakota. Applicants must also plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical school and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must be graduating seniors of Canton High School who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school. Successful candidates must be involved in school and community activities and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students planning to pursue a career in agriculture, wildlife conservation, veterinary medicine, law enforcement, or youth counseling.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Canton High School who plan to attend an accredited college or university, are in the upper 50% of their class, have actively participated in extra-curricular school activities, and have financial need.

Applicants of this scholarship must be graduating seniors of an accredited high school in the Sioux Falls area who plan to attend an accredited college, university, community college, vocational school, or technical school. Additionally, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and have participated in school and community activities. This scholarship offers multiple awards.

Graduating seniors from Washington High School in Sioux Falls who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school can apply for this award. They must also demonstrate financial need, have maintained a "C" average or higher, and be committed to their educational goals.

This award benefits graduating seniors from Dell Rapids public or private high schools. Eligible applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, or vocational or technical school, and demonstrate originality and interest in seeking personal challenges. Applicants may also be evaluated according to special circumstances, motivation to pursue goals, and the inspiration for those goals.

This scholarship goes to the applicants with the highest class ranking among graduating seniors of Faith High School, traditionally the valedictorian and salutatorian. Applicants must plan to attend a college, university, or vocational or technical school. This scholarship offers multiple awards and is renewable.


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This list references the “Sioux Falls area.” For the purpose of this list, “Sioux Falls area” is defined as Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner and McCook counties.

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