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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.

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
  • $1,300 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/

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.

South Dakota Well Drillers Association Quality Groundwater Scholarships

Deadline: December 15

The South Dakota Well Drillers Association is pleased to announce it is offering the “SDWDA Quality Groundwater Scholarships” totaling $ 10,000.00 to be divided between five deserving students.  There will be one $4,000.00, one $3,000.00, and three $1,000.00 scholarships awarded.  The Association recognizes the need for educational advancements at all levels of the industry and seeks to support students pursuing their educational goals.

Applicants must be a resident of South Dakota or a relative of an individual employed by a Member Company in good standing of the SDWDA.  They must also have graduated from a South Dakota high school and must be a full-time student who has successfully completed their freshman year at an accredited South Dakota University or Technical School with a declared major in an area of study related to the water well/groundwater industry.  Areas of study include, but are not limited to: Engineering, Geology, Hydro-Geology, Environmental or Earth Sciences, Water Conservation, Pump Installation/Plumbing, Geo-Thermal, Sustainability, etc.

Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2022.  Applications and rules for application can be obtained by contacting Dennis Duvall, Committee Chairman by email at: dennis@dakotaenv.com.  Please include your mailing information in your e-mail.  You can also get an application from our Facebook page at: SDWDA Scholarship Committee.

Application: https://www.sdwda.org/index.html

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.

You can apply online at https://www.sfacf.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships

Other Scholarship Listings

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

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

Addictions.com Fall 2022 Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Amount: $5,750

Are you a full-time college student in the U.S.? Do you have a passion for raising awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction?

If you answered “yes” to both questions, you’ll want to enter the Addictions.com Scholarship Contest. Five scholarships will be awarded to qualified college students who write the winning essays (for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth places).

By providing financial assistance to help pay for books, tuition, or daily expenses, we hope to encourage more students to get involved and become advocates who will raise awareness about the risks and dangers of addiction.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Narcotics.com Behavioral Health Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Amount: $2,250

The struggle to provide adequate behavioral health services is currently one of the biggest challenges to our healthcare system, and nothing exacerbated the problem more than the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts watched as cases of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and other mental health concerns exploded. And since mental illness and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand, more and more people need behavioral healthcare services. 
Recognizing the need for an infusion of new addiction and mental health professionals, Narcotics.com decided to launch a free scholarship contest for college students majoring in Behavioral Health. By providing financial assistance to help pay for books, tuition, or daily expenses, we hope to encourage more students to pursue careers in the areas of behavioral health and addiction-related studies.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Rehabs.org Scholarship For Minorities

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Amount: $2,250

At Rehabs.org, we believe nothing should stand in the way of recovery. That’s why we created the industry’s most comprehensive online addiction resource, offering a library of educational content, information on addiction treatment programs, and access to a wealth of free recovery assets.

Recognizing the obvious disparities associated with addiction and overdose fatalities, Rehabs.org decided to launch a free scholarship contest for BIPOC college students. By providing financial assistance to help pay for books, tuition, or daily expenses, we hope to encourage more students of color to develop a passion for raising awareness about the risks and dangers associated with addiction.

Rehabs.org strives to provide equal opportunities to people of all backgrounds, and we are proud to support students in their unique educational journeys.

For more information and to apply, click here.

PrimePutt Scholarship for Sports Majors

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Amount: $1,000

Sports play a pivotal role in the lives of many, benefitting both our physical and mental health, along with teaching us important principles and skills such as teamwork and problem solving. Sports also build a community by giving players the opportunity to connect with teammates that have shared interests and values. We at PrimePutt love sports and we want to help others pursue their passions.

We want to emphasize the importance of sports and the positive impact they can have on students, so we’re awarding a scholarship of $1,000 to a student that is studying sports or a sport-related subject, including majors like exercise science, materials sciences and engineering, athletic training, sports management, turfgrass management, and occupational therapy, among others.

For more information and to apply, click here.

SmartSolar Sustainability Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Amount: $1,000

There is no greater threat to our lives and our livelihood than climate change. Modernity itself was built on cheap energy from fossil fuels but now those fuels are responsible for an ecological catastrophe. You can help solve the most pressing issue of our time, and SmartSolar wants to help you on that mission.

At SmartSolar, we believe in living sustainably—and that doesn’t mean giving up the comforts of life! There are small choices we can make each day that won’t have a negative impact on the earth, and we want to reward one student who strives to make these good choices.

Climate change won’t be solved by thinking small—but it can’t be solved by dreams alone. For this scholarship, we will be selecting a recipient who actively fights against climate change and has goals for how to combat it in the future.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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!