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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.

Students with an outside scholarship shall complete the Outside Scholarships Form on MyPortal (use your Lake Area Tech long-in credentials).

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: This information is provided as a service. LATC does not necessarily endorse any of the businesses, organizations, or scholarships listed below. Students are encouraged to research specific scholarships of interest. Please contact the LATC Financial Aid Office for more information.

South Dakota Scholarships

The following scholarships provide students attending South Dakota post-secondary colleges amazing opportunities! Build Dakota is a full-ride scholarship. We urge students to learn more about these opportunities through each of the respective websites (links below). Recipients of these scholarships graduate from college nearly or completely debt-free!

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

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
  • $1,500 for 3 years and $3,000 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/

Other South Dakota & Regional 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.

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation awards more than 150 scholarships each year. Whether you’re a current high school senior, a current college student, or you’re obtaining a general equivalency diploma (GED), their organization offers scholarships to help you achieve your educational goals.

Apply online at https://www.sfacf.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships

AGC of SD Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter Scholarship

The AGC of SD Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter 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 construction career and be sponsored by an AGC member.

Fill out just one application to be eligible for these scholarships by April 19th, 2024!


Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Scholarships

Through our strong desire to promote higher education and to provide resources for youth to seek higher education, we award several scholarships to students to be used for the educational costs of attending an institution of higher learning.  The scholarships include the following:

  • Five $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within our service area majoring in a health care field with preference given to physician, nursing, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, laboratory techs, respiratory therapy, and radiology/diagnostic imaging fields. Please no dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, chiropractic, or massage therapy.
  • One $1,000 scholarship to a currently enrolled college student majoring in:
    • Nursing
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Radiology Technician
    • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • One $5,000 scholarship to a Pillar III medical student at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Application Process

  • Students must live within our service area and plan to return to work within 50 miles of Yankton
  • The application for the 2024-25 academic year is open. 
  • Review the list of eligible high schools in our service area
  • For complete details including GPA & ACT requirements, see the application for each scholarship.

Apply online at https://www.yanktonmedicalclinic.com/scholarships/

South Dakota Chapter – Soil & Water Conservation Society Scholarship


Past applicants have majored in agronomy, soil science, agricultural systems technology, general agriculture, range science, forestry, agricultural journalism, agricultural education, biology, botany, environmental management, horticulture, park management, and wildlife management.  Other majors related to conservation also qualify. For more information select the links below…



South Dakota Retailers Scholarship


The South Dakota Retailers Association scholarship program provides assistance to students studying for a career in retail and hospitality businesses, whether as an owner, manager, or employee. In 2023, their Scholarship Committee awarded funds to six students, in amounts ranging from $2,100 to $3,500. The scholarship opportunity is for students enrolled in technical schools, SD universities, community colleges, and eligible online programs.

The program is named in honor of former Executive Director Jerry Wheeler, who started the program in 1992. Since then, the Association has awarded 275 scholarships, totaling $237,900.

Click on the link below to view eligibility requirements and eligible programs.

Link to apply: https://www.sdra.org/scholarships.html

Butte Electric Cooperative Technical School Scholarship & Apprenticeship Program​​​​​​


Butte Electric Cooperative values leadership development in our service territory by helping our community youth obtain a higher education. This scholarship program is designed to recognize and encourage the achievements of the members and their dependent children. 

Butte Electric Cooperative will award a $1000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in or planning to attend a qualified program below:

  • Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
  • Power Line Construction & Maintenance
  • Utilities Technology-Power Line
  • Electrical Construction & Maintenance
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Energy Operations
  • Telecommunications

Additionally, the student will receive a 1000-hour paid apprenticeship with Butte Electric Cooperative.

Link to apply: https://www.butteelectric.com/sites/default/files/Scholarships/BEC_Technical_Scholarship_Application2024.pdf

2024  South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunities​​​​​​

Application deadline for all scholarships: Postmarked October 1, 2024

Award date for all scholarships: Spring Semester 2025

Freedom Scholarship*

The Freedom Scholarship offers a statewide opportunity for students to help pay for college, as they help build South Dakota’s workforce. By demonstrating financial need and meeting scholarship requirements, students can use the scholarship toward any bachelor’s degree.

Link to apply: https://www.freedomscholarshipsd.com/process

Franklin Krause New Horizons Scholarship

The Franklin Krause Foundation and the Franklin Krause New Horizons Scholarship Fund have been established to support organizations, projects and students in Custer and Roberts Counties in South Dakota and Richland County in North Dakota and surrounding counties.

Link to apply: https://franklinkrausefoundation.org

*These scholarships apply to students entering a four-year university. See the links for participating Board of Regents post-secondary institutions.

Other Scholarship Listings

The Hatterscheidt Scholarship is a one-year award valued at $2,500. This selective application-based scholarship is awarded annually to seniors graduating from South Dakota high schools who meet the following minimum requirements.

  1. The recipient must be a South Dakota Resident, graduating from a South Dakota High School or Homeschool.
  2. This is a One-Year scholarship.
  3. If a student does not attend post-secondary schools for ANY REASON, they will forfeit the remainder of the scholarship.
  4. The recipient must be planning to enroll in a full-time course of undergraduate study at the institution selecting the scholarship recipients. Applicant must be accepted for admission to the specified school at which he or she is applying for the scholarship. Applicant must be a “full time student” or minimum of 12 credit hours to retain the scholarship.
  5. The recipient must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Homeschool students must have an ACT score of at least 18 or an equivalent SAT score.
  6. The quality and appearance of the application will be taken into consideration.
  7. All students must complete the entire application and provide a complete official transcript and three current letters of recommendation.
  8. All documents must be received by March 29, 2024 or the application will not be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the entire application, including transcripts and recommendation letters, is received. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.
  9. Applicants must show financial need and must apply for Federal Student Aid.
  10. Recipients must submit a Thank You to the Board by July 1st or will lose their scholarship.

To apply for a Hatterscheidt Scholarship, please complete, print, and submit the following form: 

After completing and printing the above forms, please send your completed application to the following address:

Lake Area Technical College Foundation

C/O Brittany

1201 Arrow Ave

Watertown SD 57201

For questions regarding the Hatterscheidt Scholarship, please contact foundation@lakeareatech.edu at 605.882.5284 x292

Up to five (5) scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to high school seniors who meet the following qualifications:

  • Must reside in a household receiving electric service from one of the 61 MRES member utilities. Residence eligibility may be verified by calling the city utility office or click here for a list of MRES member communities. Eligible high schools are designated by MRES.
  • Must enroll in a full-time* undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school no later than the fall of 2024.

Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing courses of study for careers related to the electric industry, such as an electrical technician (field service technician, wind turbine maintenance, power plant maintenance, etc.), electrical engineer or other engineering disciplines, mathematics, science, energy management, or other related fields such as accounting, communications or economics. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years for $1,000 each year.

Apply today for the undergrad scholarship opportunity.

Women’s Industry Network Scholarship

Our scholarship program is designed to encourage women with an interest in the industry to continue on that path, as well as equip those who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in collision repair. Recipients are chosen by our Scholarship Committee based on the applications submitted. 

There are currently two award tiers, ‘Stars’ which receive a $500 award and ‘Champions’ which receive a $2500 award. These funds are applied to the tuition for the qualified collision repair program in which they are currently enrolled. In addition to the monetary award, recipients receive essential tools and resources to help them succeed in their program and a pass to virtually attend our Annual Educational Conference. Scholarship applications are accepted each fall and awards are issued each spring.

Qualified applicants are:
– WIN Student Members (Join for Free)
– Currently enrolled in & in good standing with a career college (post-secondary) collision repair program
– Women demonstrating an interest in & commitment to a career in the industry

Apply at: https://thewomensindustrynetwork.site-ym.com/page/Scholarship#

American Legion Riders Scholarship

The American Legion provides a variety of scholarships to support higher education for youth.

Apply at: https://www.legion.org/scholarships

or download the application here

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

DEWALT Trades Scholarship


Stanley Black & Decker has established the DEWALT Trades Scholarship to assist individuals attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school who are pursuing a trade degree/certificate in an industry aligned with the Stanley Black & Decker Trade Goals – including but are not limited to Construction, Industrial, Motor/Power Sector, Mechanics, and Technology.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Apply at: https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/dewalttrade/

SD FFA Star Partner Scholarship


1. This scholarship is for any past SD FFA members completing at least their 1st year at a 2 or 4 year postsecondary program, pursuing degrees in any field of agriculture:


2. This scholarship application is for students who are already in college, with an Agriculture Education major:


Both are due March 1st. Funding is provided through the SD FFA Star Partner program, and scholarships may vary in size. Recipients are asked to write thank you notes to sponsors.

Winners will be notified, and recognized at the SD FFA Convention, Friday April 19th, during our 4pm session.  Scholarships will be provided to your school next fall after you submit information confirming you are still enrolled. 

Apply at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRA-9SCM5USpXaTrkWDlIsImar5VSElSA7bjtkJxLo6GbShQ/viewform

Addiction Resource Scholarship


Addiction Resource is proud to announce our $1,000 college scholarship essay contest.

Higher education can be a valuable part of seeking a long-term career or bettering a person’s lifestyle. We at AddictionResource.net are passionate about supporting higher education, both to help college students reach their goals and to give back to our community at large.

Scholarship Award Details

  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $250

More info and application available here: https://www.addictionresource.net/scholarships/

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Scholarship Program


Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (Public Charity) has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to enroll in a part-time or full-time firefighter, law enforcement, or emergency medical (paramedic or EMT) program at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Apply here

Military Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame


Our scholarships are directed toward the family members of veterans who are interested in rodeo, ranching, farming, sports marketing, or museum studies.

Apply at: mrchof.com/scholarships

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

Metal Supermarkets Trade School Scholarship

Deadline: June 28, 2024

Metal Supermarkets is proud to support the skilled trades, and we want to make it easier for students to pursue one of these viable, stable and well-paying careers.

There is a ever-growing shortage of skilled trade workers across North America. The American Welding Society indicates 360,000 new welding professionals projected to be needed by 2027, and a study commissioned by Metal Supermarkets indicates that young people are simply not aware of possible skilled trades careers, with over 62% of respondents indicating they did not learn about trade school opportunities in high school. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, skilled trades have millions of unfilled positions across the U.S., with as many as 2.5 million more by 2029.

These careers are vital to a wide variety of industries, as well as to maintain and develop critical infrastructure. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have proven to be stable, essential jobs, with demand growing upwards of 100% for certain trade careers. In an effort to lessen this current skilled trade worker shortage and raise awareness of the skilled trade careers, Metal Supermarkets is committed to providing students with financial support to continue their education, grow their knowledge in their chosen field and ultimately enter the work force as a skilled tradesperson.

“The skilled trades don’t just hold strong in an economic downturn—but they are among the rare sectors that continue to experience significant growth in an unpredictable job market” – Jill Quinn, Executive Leader, PeopleReady Skilled Trades.

Apply Here

Legit Course Reviewers $1000 Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 20, 2024

Award: $1000

How to apply:

Write 500 words of an article about: “Advantages and Disadvantages Of Online Learning

Eligibility Requirements:

To participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a legal United States / Canada resident or hold a valid student visa.
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in an accredited Canadian or U.S. college or university.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • You must provide your written essay by June 20, 2025.
  • Result date: Aug 1, 2025
  • All essay submissions should be sent to scholarship@legitcoursereviewers.com

Apply Here

Dealspotr Smart Savings Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2024

It’s never too early to start saving money. We at Dealspotr have seen, time after time, high school and college students often come up with some of the most creative and smart ways to save money — techniques and ideas which, frankly, everyone could really learn from.

Our Smart Savings Scholarship is a celebration of those ideas. Every quarter, we’ll award $500 scholarships to three students around the U.S. who share with us the answer to the question: What’s the most creative way you’ve saved money?

Saving money could mean…

  • Strategies you crafted to save up for college, a car, the prom, or anything else
  • A plan you made in a club or organization to help the budget
  • Your best tip for getting deals or discounts when you’re shopping

To enter, create a short TikTok or YouTube video (less than five minutes, preferably around 2-3 minutes) to share your savings tip. Tell the world how you’ve saved money. Our editors will review every submission and we’ll select three that provide the most helpful, unique, and creative advice to each receive a $500 scholarship.

Apply Here

Drug Rehab USA Mental Health Scholarship

Deadline: January 1, 2025

About The Mental Health Scholarship


Open to students enrolled in any mental health degree program, including psychology, counseling, social work, psychiatric nursing, and related fields.

Applicants must be committed to making a difference in the mental health field and demonstrate a passion for improving the lives of others.

Applicants must have an @.edu email to enter.

Application Process:

  • Submit a compelling piece of content (essay, video, artwork, or any creative medium) explaining why you are pursuing a mental health degree and outlining the positive impact you aspire to make.
  • Essays should be between 500-800 words, and videos should not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Express your passion creatively and authentically.
  • Clearly address why you chose a mental health degree and how you envision contributing to the field.
  • Must be a current student at any University in the United States, using your student email for eligibility.
  • Selection Criteria: A panel of mental health professionals and educators will evaluate submissions based on clarity of purpose, impactful vision, creativity and originality, and a genuine passion for mental health.

Important Details:

  • All submissions must be received by Jan 1st, 2025. Late submissions will not be considered.
  • The selected recipient will be awarded $2,000 to support their education and journey toward becoming a mental health professional.

How To Enter: Please email admin@drugrehabus.org using your .edu email from the university you are attending.

Learn more about our scholarship here: https://drugrehabus.org/mental-health-scholarship/

TC Energy Build Strong Scholarships

Our scholarships are a convenient way to get financial support for school. Now with 750+ scholarships available across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, you could receive a scholarship valued at up to $5,000.

TC Energy is proud to help build strong communities, develop the next generation of community leaders and provide a skilled workforce for our industry.

  • Enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the up-coming academic year
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Located in a community near TC Energy’s operations or projects
  • Would benefit from supplementary education funding

Check out the pre-qualification form 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

American Indian College Fund Scholarships

Deadline: See Website (link below)

The Association on American Indian Affairs has been providing Native American student scholarships since 1947 ​and provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is recognized by the federal government.

Learn more/read eligibility criteria: https://www.indian-affairs.org/nativescholarship.html

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.

We know searching for applicable scholarships can be overwhelming! Our best advice is to start in your hometown and explore all of the scholarship opportunities offered there. The following tips from Federal Student Aid will help get the search started off on the right foot. Consider your local:

  • Churches
  • Clubs/organizations (such as Rotary)
  • Foundations
  • Businesses
  • Your high school counselor’s office 
  • Your local library’s reference section
  • Your parents’ place of employment

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!

*Disclaimer: This information is provided as a service. LATC does not necessarily endorse any of the businesses, organizations, or scholarships listed. Students are encouraged to research specific scholarships of interest. Please contact the LATC Financial Aid Office for more information.