The South Dakota Legislature authorized the Regents Scholarship Program in 2003 to allow South Dakota's most academically accomplished high school graduates to receive an affordable education at any university, college, or technical school in South Dakota that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  In 2004, the Legislature renamed the scholarship the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship and authorized funding from the state of South Dakota's Education Enhancement Trust Fund, beginning with high school graduating classes in 2004.

Scholarship Amounts

The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides $5,000 over four years to a qualifying student who attends an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota.  Recipients may participate in the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship program for the equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive fall and spring terms), or until attaining a baccalaureate degree.  During each academic year, one-half of the annual scholarship award will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester and the other half distributed at the beginning of the spring semester:

 1st year of attendance
 2nd year of attendance
 3rd year of attendance
 4th year of attendance

Participating Institutions


Contact Information

Natalie Nagle, MBA
Student Services Coordinator
South Dakota Board of Regents
306 East Capital Avenue, Suite 200 Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-4573

Katie Maley, B.U.S
Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator

Initial Eligibility Contacts at Participating Institutions