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
Amy Erickson Scholarship This scholarship is open to third or fourth-year, full-time medical students who attend an accredited school and are studying complementary and alternative therapies. This application requires an essay describing the applicant's interest in integrative medicine, which combines traditional and alternative medical practices. Winners who are fourth-year students will receive the award to assist with their career plans. $4,000 May 1 Apply
Ashley Elizabeth Evans Medical School Scholarship To be eligible for this award, applicants must be graduates of a Sioux Falls area high school or home school program; be admitted to or enrolled in their first year of medical school at an accredited institution in the United States; demonstrate financial need; have participated in school and community activities throughout high school and college; and have demonstrated academic excellence during college by maintaining a “B” or better average. Preference will generally be given to applicants entering their first year of medical school. $3,250 August 15 Apply
Bill Barlow “Second Chance” Scholarship 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 2.7. There is no GPA requirement for applicants graduating from an alternative school or for those who have earned a GED.  $2,500 March 15 Apply
Duane Odland Scholarship This scholarship benefits children of a Midwest Coast Transport employee, independent contractor, or driver for an MCT contractor. Employees must be employed with MCT for more than one year. Students who apply for this award must have completed one year at an accredited college, university, or technical or vocational school and maintained a “C” average or higher. Applicants must also have the desire and ability to succeed in their chosen field of study. $750 July 1 Apply
Fool Soldier Scholarship 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. $2,000 March 15 Apply
Hovland Scholarship This scholarship is open to students who will be entering their junior year in the fall. Students must be enrolled at an accredited college or university and of Norwegian descent, with preference given to applicants from the Bomlo Community of Norway. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. $2,250 March 15 Apply
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. $7,000 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
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
Ralph and Doris Wallin Scholarship Applicants must be residents of Minnehaha or Lincoln County, South Dakota, who are 25 years old or younger, and who are enrolling for the first time at an accredited vocational or technical institution in South Dakota or within 250 miles of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Applicants must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA. $5,500 March 15 Apply