SD Opportunity Scholarship Application
Incoming Fall 2024 Freshmen can apply online at the below link by September 1, 2024!
​Students can browse other available scholarships managed by the SD Board of Regents at the below site. 


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​

Starting in Fall 2023, the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $7,500 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


NOTE:  Students that entered the program prior to July 1, 2023 and are already receiving the scholarship will remain under the previous $6,500 funding structure.


Participating Institutions​

Augustana University
Northern State University
Black Hills State UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Dakota State UniversitySouth Dakota State University
Dakota Wesleyan UniversitySoutheast Technical College
Lake Area Technical CollegeUniversity of Sioux Falls
Mitchell Technical CollegeUniversity of South Dakota
Mount Marty ​Univers​ity​Western Dakota Technical College

Contact Information


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Kerri Richards

Scholarship and Financial Aid Policy Analyst

Email: Kerri.Richards@sdbor.edu




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