***This page last updated on September 12, 2018***
Fall 2017 Financial Aid Info meeting powerpoint
There are lots of scholarship search sites out there. These are just a few. Remember, you should never have to pay for a scholarship search....they are out there FOR FREE!
SD Scholarships - Information on scholarships offered through the state of SD
SD My Life - You can access a scholarship/financial aid search engine through your SD My Life account!
Fast Web - Free search engine for scholarships. Just set up a free account with your info and let the site help you sort!
Here are some tips to keep in mind when seeking scholarships for post-secondary education:
1. TALK TO A COUNSELOR! I have compiled a list of local/state/national scholarships (see righthand column) to help you get started, but don't see this as the ONLY scholarships out there. One of the best places to look is to check with the colleges/vocational schools you are interested in and see what kind of scholarships they have available. Also, check with the department(s) you are looking at (such as the music department or the dairy science department) at those schools to see if they have further opportunities to offer in your interest area. Make an appointment to talk with me if you aren't sure where to start your scholarship search.
2. ASK AROUND! Many businesses, organizations, clubs, etc. offer scholarship opportunities.
4. FOLLOW DEADLINES. It is very important to meet the deadline for each scholarship you apply for. If possible, send it a little early to give yourself a little time to account for postal and other unexpected delays (like, you fall deathly ill with malaria the morning the application is due!!!). Seriously though, always try to work on scholarships plenty ahead of the due date so that you have lots of time to get any necessary recommendations, signatures, transcripts, etc. in time.
5. BEWARE OF SCAMS! If it seems too good to be true, it probably is! You should not need to pay a company to find you scholarships...there are TONS of them out there for you to find FOR FREE! Try sites like Fast Web or Sallie Mae for FREE online search engines for scholarships that may apply to you.
Click on the monthly summaries for a printable summary sheet of the scholarships due in that month. Click individual scholarship links to go directly to the scholarship site or application materials.
October Scholarship Summaries
November Scholarship Summaries