Multiple local, state and federal scholarships are available for Southeast Tech students.

Southeast Tech Foundation Scholarships: The Southeast Tech Foundation awarded over 193 scholarships last year so be sure to check out the Southeast Tech Foundation Scholarships page for more information!

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Available External Scholarships:

Marines Memorial Association:  an organization that is open to veterans and active duty personnel of all military branches who served honorably in the military and in April 2014 the organization will award $35,000 in scholarships to our U.S. Military Veterans from all branches. Deadline is 4/23/2014.

Four Memorial Tribute Scholarships are available in the amount of $2,500 each. The Tribute Scholarship is available for military personnel leaving full time service and entering an undergraduate college program. All US military personnel who have transitioned from Active Duty to reserve or civilian status within the past 3 years may apply. Link to The Tribute Scholarship online Application on the Marine Club website:

Sioux Falls Business and Professional Women Scholarship:  The Sioux Falls Business and Professional Women’s Organization is offering $500.00 scholarships to women pursuing a post secondary education.  Both traditional and non-traditional students are eligible to apply.  Applications available in the Financial Aid Office.  Deadline is 5/31/2014.

Jacobsen, a manufacturer of high-quality turf maintenance equipment used in the golf and sports turf management industries, recently announced the 3rd annual Jacobsen Turfgrass Scholarship for rising college seniors pursuing 2 or 4 yr. degrees in Turf Management or other related disciplines such as Horticulture or Greenspace Management.  Applications available in the Financial Aid Office.  Deadline is 5/1/2014.

Mass Mutual Scholarship:  Open to students of all majors that will be entering their second or third-year.  Must be full-time with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applicant must have completed the FAFSA, and they must be a US Citizen or legal resident.  Application can be completed at  Awards are $2500 to $5000 per year. Deadline is 5/2/2014.

Panzirer Family Scholarship:  Applicant must be son/daughter of former or active member of law enforcement.  This scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is currently a resident, or who has formerly been a resident of the state of South Dakota.  Scholarship applicants can pursue any degree; however, Applicants who are pursuing a field in Criminal Justice will be given preference. Deadline is 7/1/2014.  Application may be obtained here.
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: 

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation Scholarships: There are several scholarships available online for students attending technical schools. Please review the applications at

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship: This scholarship is designated for the most academically accomplished high school graduates to receive an affordable education at any university, college, or technical school 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. Recipients may participate in the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Program for the equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive fall and spring terms), or until attaining a baccalaureate degree. During each academic year, one-half of the annual scholarship award will be distributed at the beginning of the fall semester and the other half distributed at the beginning of the spring semester. Scholarship requirements can be found here. Completed applications and high school transcripts should be forwarded to:

Jim Rokusek
Director of Students
Southeast Technical Institute
2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Nursing Education Assistance Loan Program
The 1989 South Dakota Legislature authorized a nursing education loan program to provide assistance to qualified South Dakota residents who are admitted into an educational program for preparation of licensed practical nurses or registered nurses, or a nursing degree enhancement program. Funding for the loan program is generated through a $10 fee charged to LPNs and RNs at the time of licensure. The number and amount of each loan is determined annually by South Dakota Board of Nursing, not to exceed $1,000 per academic year.

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

A promissory note for the amount of the loan plus accrued interest is required before loan monies are disbursed. If multiple awards are granted to an individual, the awards will be consolidated into one total amount for purposes of establishing terms of repayment. Equal portions of the student's loan amount will be disbursed directly to the educational institution at the beginning of each academic term.

The student borrower may elect to repay the loan either by:

  • employment in nursing in South Dakota at a conversion rate of $1 per hour, or,
  • remitting monetary payments
  • within the required time period of five years. 

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

Deadline for RN students in May 31, for LPN it is September 30 of each year.