Initial Eligibility Requirements

​Students may establish their initial eligibility in the Opportunity Scholarship program by meeting the requirements in one of two ways.

Option 1

  • RESIDENT STATUS:  Be a resident of South Dakota at the time of high school graduation
  • ACT SCORE:  Have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher before the beginning of postsecondary education.  If using a SAT score, the sum of the verbal and mathematics scores on the SAT must be at least 1090 (testing before January 2016) or 1180 (testing after March 2016).
  • CURRICULUM / GPA:  Complete the high school course requirements (see Curriculum Requirements webpage) with no final grade below a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (grade of "B") prior to graduation (NOTE: One unit of high school credit equals one year of instruction).
  • ATTENDANCE:  Attend a university, college, or technical school accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and that provides instruction from a campus located in South Dakota.
  • TIMING:  Enter into the program within 5 years of high school graduation, or within 1 year of the student's release from active duty military service (if that release is within 5 years of the date of the student's high school graduation). Students seeking to transfer from a regionally accredited university, college, or technical school located outside of South Dakota may do so within two years following high school graduation and be eligible to receive partial award.

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 Option 2  (has a higher ACT requirement, but no curriculum or GPA requirement)

  • RESIDENT STATUS:  Be a resident of South Dakota at the time of high school graduation
  • the ACT college readiness benchmarks scores equaling or exceeding 18 for English, 22 for Reading, 22 for Math, and 23 for Science. If using an SAT score the sum of the verbal and mathematics scores on the SAT must be at least 1260 (testing before January 2016) or 1320 (testing after March 2016).
  • TIMING:  Enter into the program within 5 years of high school graduation, or within 1 year of the student's release from active duty military service (if that release is within 5 years of the date of the student's high school graduation). Students seeking to transfer from a regionally accredited university, college, or technical school located outside of South Dakota may do so within two years following high school graduation and be eligible to receive partial award.

 

 

NOTE:  The requirements listed above are established by the South Dakota Legislature and must be met in order to qualify for the scholarship.

 

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Kerri Richards

Student Service Coordinator

Email: Kerri.Richards@sdbor.edu

 

605-773-3455

Katie Maley

Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator

Email: Katie.Maley@sdbor.edu

 

605-773-3455

 

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