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.

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Available High School Scholarships

Name Description Award Deadline
Anna and Paul Lind Scholarship Awarded to an Alcester high school senior based on need and other criteria. $700 March 15 Apply
Arthur O. Moe Scholarship 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 and have completed their FAFSA. $600 March 15 Apply
AXA Advisors Sioux Empire Scholarship 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. AXA 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. $1,000 March 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 3.0. 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
Cogley-Buffington Certified Property and Casualty Underwriters Fund 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. $1,000 March 15 Apply
Dakota Alliance Soccer Club Student Athlete Scholarship 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. $750 March 15 Apply
Dale Lokke Law Enforcement Scholarship 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. $400 March 15 Apply
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith Scholarship 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. $2,500 March 15 Apply
David Jay Schmidt Memorial Scholarship 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. $3,000 March 15 Apply
David L. Profilet Scholarship 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. $500 April 1 Apply