Southeast Technical College offers students several scholarship opportunities: Build Dakota Scholarships, Southeast Tech Scholarships, Seed For Success Scholarships, Early Childhood Workforce Support and CTE Academy Scholarships.

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Build Dakota Scholarships

Start building your career here, and learn which programs are eligible for this full-ride scholarship. The application is open Jan. 1-March 31, 2024.

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Early Childhood Workforce Support Scholarships

Hit the ground running, graduate with no debt and start your career in early childhood education. The application is open Jan. 1-March 31, 2024.

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Southeast Tech Scholarships

Current and newly accepted students to Southeast Technical College are eligible for Southeast Tech Scholarships that are funded through the Southeast Technical College Foundation. These scholarships are funded by annual and endowed gifts. The scholarships typically range from $500‒$2,500, and each scholarship has unique eligibility criteria.

The application is open Jan. 1-March 31, 2024.

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Seed for Success Scholarships

Land a $5,000/year scholarship ($10,000 total if received as a first-year student as the scholarship is renewable for a second year). STC will award up to four full-time scholarships in one or two-year programs. You must possess a 3.0 GPA, both for initial award (high school GPA) and annual renewal (college GPA). Preference will be given to students who provide an employment record during high school.

The application is open Jan. 1-March 31, 2024.

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Career & Technical Education Academy Scholarships

Southeast Tech awards scholarships to eligible students who have completed courses at the Sioux Falls School District's Career and Technical Education Academy.

The application is open Jan. 1-March 31, 2024.

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South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships

If you receive a South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, please notify the Financial Aid Office.

This scholarship is designated for the most academically accomplished high school graduates to receive an affordable education at any university or technical college in South Dakota that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides $5,000 over four years to a qualifying student who attends an eligible higher education institution in South Dakota. 

More about the requirements, awards and application process can be found here. 

Third-Party Scholarships

In addition to scholarships provided through Southeast Technical College, multiple local, state and federal scholarships are available for students. 

Our Program:
We are offering four currently enrolled students or high school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education an opportunity to be awarded $2,000 in tuition assistance towards their upcoming semester! This scholarship is ongoing and will be available for both the spring and fall semesters each year.

Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay to telling us who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry. All entries must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration and must also be accompanied by proof of current enrollment in an accredited United States college or university.

Please submit your essays by 12 p.m. EST on Oct. 15 for all spring semester applicants and by June 15 for all fall applicants. Winning scholarships will be paid directly to the school as a tuition payment.

Winners will be selected by Nov. 15 for all spring contestants and by July 15 for fall applicants.

This is a permanent program that is offered every year and is open for submissions each spring and fall semester!

Who is eligible:
Only students currently enrolled full-time in an American college, 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.

AmericanMuscle Student Scholarships are non-renewable, however, winning applicants may re-enter in future contests by writing and resubmitting a new essay. Only one essay per student, per semester is allowed.

Scholarships are restricted to those students pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study.

All applicants must include some form of proof of enrollment when submitting applications to


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Two scholarships for $2,000 each are awarded twice a year (4 scholarships total) to students who are currently enrolled full-time in a secondary vocational school, technical institute, or are high school seniors who are enrolled in one of the aforementioned institutes. Two scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester and two scholarships will be awarded for the spring semester each year.

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At AmericanTrucks we are passionate about our mission to serve the community that supports us. We've recognized a growing trend in the building trades industry. Educational programs are receiving a lot of attention from national leaders and it’s our goal to be involved in a meaningful way.

With that in mind, we are pleased to offer four $2000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in the traditional building trades such as HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study.

Two scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester, and two scholarships will be awarded for the spring semester each year.

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Engineering Technology Students: ASHRAE is an organization that students should be involved with in order to be qualified for an ASHRAE scholarship. For more information visit their website:

Cobell Scholarship Opportunity for 2024-2025 academic year open until March 31, 2024. 
Other scholarships are available! Please visit for specific dates and the most up-to-date information. 


Earn easy scholarships through community service.
Are you between the ages of 13 and 25 years old who is interested in volunteering, and looking for scholarship opportunities? Then you’re in the right spot.
Enter for the opportunity to win by doing community service. No essays, no GPA requirements, no recommendations, no applications...and you can enter multiple scholarships. Official rules apply. has awarded $800,000 in scholarships over the past 5 years to over 350 winners. And don't worry, if you haven't chosen a college or university yet, we'll hold on to your money and there isn't really a time limit on that.
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Ten $1,000 College Scholarships Available!

Current high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin who attend college in fall 2023 can register online now for a chance at one of 10 $1,000 scholarships. Parents can register their students.

The scholarship drawing has no requirements for minimum GPA or class rank, financial need, intended major or purchase. Winners are chosen in a random drawing.


The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women program provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain additional skills and training or higher education. Recipients can use the award for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award starts at the club level where award amounts vary. Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls will provide awards: one $1,000 award and one $500 award in the 2023-2024 club year. The top club-level recipient then becomes eligible to be considered for region-level awards granted in each of Soroptimist’s 28 regions. The first-place region recipients then become candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards. To be considered for the Sioux Falls awards, enter 57105 in the box where a zip code is requested.

Application Information
For questions, contact Beth Tellekson at 605 359-2886 or by email at
Deadline: Final applications must be submitted on-line through the Soroptimist International of the Americas website by November 15, 2023. Please submit early to allow review for completeness and accuracy before the final deadline. No applications will be accepted after the final deadline when the application portal closes.
Please submit any completed paper applications, accompanied with the two references, before November 15, 2023 to Beth Tellekson at 1332 South Lake Dr., Watertown, SD 57201or scan to PDF and email

That’s right—we’re giving away $1,000,000 for this year’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Through this program, we recognize people who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. These are hardworking men and women who will keep the lights on, water running, and air flowing. These are people who show up early, stay late, and bust their butts day in and out. It’s not for everyone. Hard workers are hard to find, but we know you’re out there.


The National Farmworker Jobs Program, administered through Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, has resources available to students and job seekers who meet eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria includes individuals who:
  • Has worked as a Seasonal Farm/Ranch Hand in the last 2 years OR
  • Has worked as a Migrant Farm/Ranch Hand in the last 2 years, AND
  • Meets low-income guidelines AND
  • Complies with Selective Service Registration

For individuals who are eligible for the program, her/his dependent family members automatically qualify as well.

Some of the resources available through the program include:
  • Stipend of $500 per year for school
  • Rent assistance up to $300
  • Fuel assistance for transportation
  • Grocery assistance
Individuals who believe they may be a candidate for this program should contact:
  • East River Area
  • 800-726-9026 or 605-367-5300

Franklin Krause is a lifelong farmer and small business owner in Roberts County, South Dakota and Richland County, North Dakota. Following his retirement, he moved to the Black Hills and became a valued Hermosa and Custer County, South Dakota resident. He strongly supports the younger generation in agriculture, church and charitable volunteering.

The Franklin Krause Foundation New Horizons Scholarship honors Franklin’s lifelong agricultural and small business career and philanthropic interests. Few scholarships are available for those non-traditional students that have decided to further their careers after being in the workforce for a while or specifically for skilled trade technical institutes.

This scholarship is available for residents of Roberts and Custer County, South Dakota and Richland County, North Dakota or contiguous counties. Recipients will be chosen by a standing committee representing a resident of the primary counties, educators and agricultural business owners. Scholarship amounts will vary over time but will be announced yearly on Preference will be given to those students pursuing a post-secondary degree in agriculture or business.

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Niche, a market leader in connecting colleges with students and families, awards several scholarships each year. Criteria can vary, but many apply to any major.

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Funding for the scholarship program is generated through a $10 fee charged to LPNs and RNs at the time of licensure. The number and amount of each scholarship is determined annually by South Dakota Board of Nursing, not to exceed $1,000 per academic year.

Scholarships may be used only for direct education expenses such as tuition, books, and fees. Room and board are not considered direct educational expenses.

Eligibility & Instructions

Students in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Registered Nursing (RN)and Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) programs must submit the Scholarship Application directly to the Board.

RN and APRN applications are due by June 1 and awardees will be selected during the July Board of Nursing meeting. All applicants will be notified of selection. Scholarship payments will be made at the start of the fall and spring semesters.

LPN applications are due by October 1 and awardees will be selected during the November Board of Nursing meeting. All applicants will be notified of selection. Scholarship payments will be made at the start of the spring semester.

Information is available at this site on the board of nursing web page:

There are several scholarships available online for students attending technical schools.


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.


  • Applicants should desire a career in a trade supportive to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources, environment, and/or related fields.
  • Students that are intending to enroll or are already enrolled at a South Dakota university, technical institution, or other post-secondary trade school. Applicants must intend to enroll for the fall semester.
  • Applicants must possess a grade point average of 2.0 or greater
    Part-time studies will be considered if applicant can show good cause for other than full-time studies and that the course of study is directed toward a degree, certificate or similar identification of graduation.
  • Students who have received an SDAEP scholarship in the past are eligible to apply each year.
  • High school seniors are eligible to apply.
  • Children and spouses of scholarship committee members are not eligible.

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$500 Nurses Training Scholarship
La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux  is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of the United States Veterans, more commonly known as the Forty & Eight. 
The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Our purpose is to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, to promote the well-being of veterans along with their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse's training.
The title and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins. Americans were transported to the battle fronts on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a "40/8" denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses. This uncomfortable mode of transportation was familiar to all who fought in the trenches; a common small misery among American soldiers who thereafter found "40/8" a lighthearted symbol of the deeper service, sacrifice and unspoken horrors of war that bind all who have borne the battle.  The
Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of the American le­gion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran's organization in 1960. Membership is by invitation of honorable discharged veterans and honorable serving members of the United States Armed Forces. 
For more information please contact Preston Olson at 605-661-7839 or 605-362-5825.

Providing $10,000 in Financial Assistance to Military Veterans and their Families Pursuing an Undergraduate or Graduate Degree Related to Technology

The HotelPlanner Scholarship Program was designed to provide financial assistance to veterans of the United States military, along with the spouse/partner and children of U.S. military veterans, who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree related to technology.

HotelPlanner recognizes the incomparable commitment made by the brave men and women of the military who fight to keep the country safe. As such, it is committed to support those individuals who choose to pursue a college degree and are in need of additional funds to help defray the costs of higher education.

As the leader in booking group and individual hotel travel online, technology is at the heart of everything HotelPlanner does and critical to the success of its business. Similarly, companies, governments and military operations around the world are increasingly dependent on those who understand and work with technology. This scholarship is intended to grow the pool of qualified individuals by helping to make their education in technology a reality.

Awarded to ten applicants (veterans or veteran's spouses/partner and children) seeking a graduate education in an accredited degree program related to technology.
Awarded to ten recipients, two times per year - $1,000 each. Recipients may re-apply as long as they continue to meet the requirements. Funds will be issued via check made payable to the institution and mailed to the recipient's mailing address on file.
Deadlines & Notifications
  • Summer - Apply by Aug. 15 / Notified by September
  • Fall - Apply by Dec. 15 / Notified by March

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Do you have questions about scholarships? Call the Southeast Tech Admissions Office at 605-367-6040 or email