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Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Processing

Do you have an outside scholarship? The Lake Area Tech Foundation Office processes all outside scholarships that students receive from private and nonprofit institutions, corporations, or other organizations. Students with an outside scholarship should bring their check or copy of the award letter to the Foundation office to ensure it is applied to their account.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to internal scholarship opportunities offered through Lake Area Tech, there are many outside scholarships* offered to students attending college by local, regional, state, and nationwide businesses and organizations. Our Financial Aid office at Lake Area Tech has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities below that are available to incoming and returning students. Students wishing to apply for one or more of these scholarships will need to apply for each scholarship individually. It takes a fair amount of time to apply, however the payoff can be tremendous!

*Disclaimer: LATC does not endorse any of the businesses, organizations, or scholarships listed below. This information is provided as a service. Please contact the LATC Financial Aid Office for more information.

All Scholarships Listing

Bi Scholarship Opportunity

In an effort to nurture healthy communities and a prosperous society, Utopia Management endeavors to support higher education through this bi-annual $1000 scholarship. Utopia has been a strong supporter of higher education since 2010 through multiple scholarships and employee continuing education grants. Awarded every spring and fall, the scholarship is meant to support dedicated students in acquiring a career-oriented degree.

  • FALL Application Deadline: November 1
  • FALL Winner Contacted: December 1
  • FALL Winner Announced on Site: December 5
  • SPRING Applications Open: November 2
  • SPRING Application Deadline: May 1
  • SPRING Scholarship Awarded: June 1

Apply at: https://utopiamanagement.com/utopia-scholars-fund-application

Nancy Etz Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2022

To support and encourage students pursuing higher education, Nancy Etz awards this annual scholarship to those currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S.

The Nancy Etz Academic Scholarship was created to recognize an outstanding student and provide them the resources needed to advance in their disciplines and eventually pursue their dream careers.

Apply at: http://nancyetzscholarship.com/

Franklin Krause New Horizons Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2022

The Franklin Krause Foundation, established within the South Dakota Community Foundation, is pleased to announce a $1,500 scholarship will be made available for one eligible scholarship applicant for 2022. The Franklin Krause New Horizons Scholarship is available for residents of Roberts and Custer County, South Dakota and Richland County, North Dakota or contiguous surrounding counties.

Few scholarships are available specifically for non-traditional students that have decided to further their careers after being in the workforce for some time or specifically for the pursuit of a degree at a skilled trade technical institute. The New Horizons Scholarship helps fill this void.

The New Horizons Scholarship Application, along with complete submission instructions, can be found at franklinkrausefoundation.org online. Applications are due February 1, 2022. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by a standing committee representing a resident of the primary counties, family and friends of Franklin Krause. The winner will be announced no later than March 1, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your consideration in sharing this with the students of your educational institution. I am unable to find any email contacts on your website, so unable to attach the PDF version of the full announcement and application. All materials and applications can be found online.

Apply at: https://franklinkrausefoundation.org/

VFW Continuing Ed Scholarship hip

Deadline: February 15, 2022

The VFW is pleased to present scholarships to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or career direction at a vocational/technical school. ONLY the spouse, son and daughter or a member are also eligible to apply.

Apply here

MedicalAssistants.School Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2022

MedicalAssistants.School is offering a scholarship worth $500 to eligible students seeking the completion of a medical assisting program. We hope to help offset the costs associated with pursuing your program. In order to apply to our Medical Assistant Scholarship, you must submit a 250-word response to this essay question: “Inspiration can come from anywhere – a teacher, a friend, a positive or negative experience. What inspired your choice to become a medical assistant?”

Check out the full details/rules here: https://www.myscholarship.app/medical-assisting-scholarship/rules

Iowa Student Loan Scholarship

Deadline: March 11, 2022

Iowa Student Loan (ISL) is offering an Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge scholarship: The Senior Scholarship awards are a $2,000 college scholarship to 25 Iowa high school students each year. There is no financial need, minimum grade point average or class rank requirements. The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship is open to students who are:

  • Legal U.S. residents.
  • High school seniors at an Iowa high school.
  • Planning to attend an eligible college the fall following the registration dates.

Check out the full details here: www.IowaStudentLoan.org/2000forCollege

Farm & Ranch Depot 2022 Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2022

Farm and Ranch Depot announces the 2022 Farm and Ranch Depot Scholarship Award ProgramUnder the Program, one (1) $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior that has been accepted to and enrolled in either a two-year or four-year college or university. This scholarship is intended for students that intend to major in agricultural, equine, or livestock related studies. There will be one scholarship awarded. 

Check out the full details & application here: https://farmandranchdepot.com/scholarship-application

KF&B Law Academic Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2022

The members of KF&B remember how hard it was to pay for education to become the amazing lawyers they are today. Therefore, as a way to pay it forward to others, they have created the $1,000 KF&B Law Academic Scholarship, which is in its third year, to help one student lessen their financial burden from school. This will be our third year awarding a student with our scholarship.

The scholarship is open to any high school senior, or any college student who isn’t in their final year. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner’s school’s financial aid department. The scholarship is open to any major, they do not have to be law students.

Check out the full details & application here: https://www.kfblaw.com/scholarship

The Organic Bunny Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2022

The Organic Bunny Scholarship was established in 2020 in an effort to support individuals who want to continue their education by attending college or university, but may need financial assistance along the way.

More details, requirements and the application can be found below.


AmericanMuscle’s Student Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 15 for Fall Semester, October 15 for Spring Semester.

Scholarships are restricted to those students pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study. Only students currently enrolled full-time in an American college, Canadian college, automotive engineering program, trade school, technical institute, or high school seniors planning to attend a college or post-secondary institution are eligible to be awarded a scholarship through this program. One scholarship for $2,500 will be awarded twice a year to students pursuing an automotive themed major. One scholarship will be awarded every spring semester, followed by one additional scholarship to be awarded for the Fall semester each year.

Apply at: https://www.americanmuscle.com/scholarships

AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 15 for Fall Semester, October 15 for Spring Semester.

Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited United States technical institute, 2 or 4 year college or university. With program in construction management, secondary vo-tech school or tuition bearing apprenticeship program in the traditional building trades (e.g. carpentry, HVAC, electrical or related fields of study.) Students pursuing certificate programs, apprenticeship programs, and students currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited school in the next academic year to one of the aforementioned programs are welcome to apply. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded for the Fall semester, and 1 scholarship will be awarded for the Spring semester each year.

Apply here

Indigenous Education, Inc. – Cobell Scholarship

Deadline: Varies

Both merit-based and need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is enrolled in full time study and is degree-seeking. Applicants must plan to attend or be attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public, private institution.

Scholarship awards vary each year | Apply at: cobellscholar.org

South Dakota-Specific Scholarships

There are several scholarships that are specifically for students enrolled in South Dakota post-secondary schools. This is a general overview of each of those scholarships. For more detailed information, including eligibility criteria, please check out the specific scholarship website.

Build Dakota Scholarship

Deadline: March 31

  • Full-ride scholarship covering tuition & fees, books, and other required program requirements
  • For students enrolled in a high-need workforce area program at one of the four technical institutes
  • Enroll in a program determined to be a high-need workforce area
  • Work full-time in South Dakota for a minimum of three years
  • Programs may change – check website for the latest information

More information: https://www.builddakotascholarships.com/

Check out LATC’s Build Dakota Scholarship page: Build Dakota Scholarships

SD Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship

Deadline: January 15

The South Dakota Association of Environmental Professionals (SDAEP) Scholarship Program provides one or more scholarships annually to students with directed studies relating to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources, the environment, and other similar fields.  

Students that are planning to attend a South Dakota university, technical institution, or other post-secondary trade school. Applicants must intend to enroll for the fall semester. Awards of up to $2,000 are made.

Apply at: https://sdaep.org/scholarship/

SD Solid Waste Management Scholarship

Deadline: January 15

The South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association provides scholarships annually to students with directed studies relating to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment, and/or the solid waste industry or similar fields. Preference will be given to: South Dakota residents intending study at South Dakota institutions of higher learning, vocational school, or other post-secondary trade school; high school seniors and students enrolled full time or part time in a South Dakota post-secondary school.

The SDSWMA normally awards 2 – 4 scholarships annually; however, more may be awarded depending on the number of applications received and available funds. The scholarships generally range from $1000 to $2000.

Apply at: https://sdswma.org/scholarships/scholarship-application/

Dakota Corps Scholarship

Deadline: February 1

  • Full tuition and applicable fees at participating South Dakota schools
  • Requirements include minimum GPA and agree to stay in South Dakota and work in critical need area
  • Programs may change – check website for the latest information

Apply at: https://www.sdbor.edu/dakotacorps

South Dakota Retailers Association Scholarship

Deadline: April 19, 2022

  • For students enrolled in a retail/retail-related program in technical schools, SD universities, community colleges, and eligible online programs.
  • Scholarship awards vary each year. In 2021, six scholarships were awarded in amounts that ranged from $2,000 to $2,500
  • For a list of the retail/retail-related fields of study or to apply online, visit https://www.sdra.org/scholarships.html.

Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce – Ag Relations Committee Scholarship

Deadline: April 22, 2022

College Students:

  • One $1,000 scholarship to a student who lives in the Brookings area, is currently enrolled in college or technical school, and is studying an ag-related field
  • One $500 scholarship to a student who lives in the Brookings area, is currently enrolled in college or technical school, and is studying an ag-related field

High School Students:

  • One $1,000 scholarship to a Brookings area high school senior who is planning to attend any university or technical school to prepare for a career in an ag-related field.

As a committee, our mission is to promote the agriculture industry. We help recognize area ag producers for the strong foundation they provide the area’s economy and to support public policies that will strengthen the ag production economy.  The committee accomplishes our mission through the education, promotion, and assistance of Ag projects in our community. We also have an annual Ag Banquet in the fall to get producers together, recognize them for their hard work, and use the proceeds for scholarships and other ag-related projects.

Scholarships can be e-mailed to info@brookingschamber.org

For more info, click here: Brookings Chamber of Commerce

Jump Start Scholarship

Deadline: September 1

  • Students who graduate from a South Dakota public high school in 3 years or less
  • No student who enrolls in any part of 4th year of high school is eligible
  • Enroll in an accredited institution located in South Dakota within 1 year of high school graduation.
  • Must be a South Dakota resident
  • Applicable to first year only
  • Dollar amount varies and is based on state’s per student cost to educate

Apply at: https://www.sdbor.edu/

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: September 1

  • Attend a postsecondary school in South Dakota
  • $1,300 for 3 years and $2,600 for final year
  • Must be a South Dakota resident
  • Eligibility requirements include minimum GPA, minimum ACT scores, curriculum requirements, etc.

Apply at: https://sdos.sdbor.edu/

Free Scholarship Search Engines and Scholarship Search Tips

Additionally, we’ve provided a list of reputable search engines below that may be useful in finding other scholarship opportunities. Please take time to explore the opportunities offered through these search engines. Consider your talents (e.g., academics, athletic, fine arts, etc.) and apply for scholarship in these areas.

Mapping Your Future, a nonprofit organization committed to helping students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and financial aid process, has created a Scholarship Search Tips flier to help you find ways to fund your college education through their free scholarship search tips. It also includes helpful advice on scams.

Scholarship Scam Alert Information

The internet holds a vast amount of information regarding scholarship opportunities. We caution you, however, to use your discretion as not all sites are reputable (i.e., those that ask for a registration fee and/or offer guarantees). Start with our list!