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The Lake Area Tech Foundation Office processes all outside scholarships, please direct all scholarships to the Foundation Office.

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.

South Dakota Retailers Association

Deadline: April 19, 2021

The South Dakota Retailer’s Association is accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Scholarships will be awarded to students who intend to enroll in a retail or business-related course of study at a tech school, university, or college, or eligible online program.

Scholarship awards vary each year. In 2020, the award amounts ranged from $2,000 – $2,700 | Apply at:

Midwest Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Midwest Senior Scholarship. To be eligible, students must be current high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin who attend college in fall 2021. They may attend any eligible U.S. college either virtually or physically. Students do not need to attend an Iowa college or university to be eligible.

Ten $1,000.00 Scholarships will be awarded.

Visit for official rules and to register.

Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Sioux Falls Business & Professional Women are awarding a scholarship to traditional & non-traditional women pursuing a post-secondary education.

One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded.

Apply at:

RushOrderTees Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2021

For entrepreneurs, builders, and creators, The RushOrderTees Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship will be awarded to one student who has an interest in entrepreneurship and making the world a better place through their creation. All current high school or college students in any field of study are eligible for this scholarship. To apply, please write about why you’re interested in entrepreneurship and how you believe you can contribute to the betterment of society through your entrepreneurial vision. 

Eligibility: Students who are passionate about entrepreneurship

Apply at:

AGC of South Dakota Highway – Heavy – Utilities Chapter Scholarship

Deadline: May 3, 2021

The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter (AGC) is committed to providing scholarships for students pursuing a career in a construction-related education program at a college/university or technical institute. It is AGC’s goal to provide financial assistance to all eligible applicants when possible. Eligible applicants must have a desire to pursue a highway-heavy-utilities construction career and be sponsored by an AGC member. AGC of SD’s Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter is pleased to announce that it is once again pledging $30,000 in scholarships for students pursuing a career in construction.

Scholarship awards amounts vary each year

Apply at:

Pioneer Equipment Dealers Association Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 14, 2021

The Pioneer Equipment Dealers Association is looking for students that are interested in the equipment industry. Equipment dealers throughout the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota have a growing demand for well-trained diesel technicians. While technicians are a particular area of focus, dealers are interested in assisting potential employees in all areas of dealership operations, including sales, service, parts, and management.

Apply at:

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:

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:

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 at:

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:

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:

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

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:

Jump Start Scholarship

Deadline: September 1, 2021

  • 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:

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: September 1, 2021

  • 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:

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!