Southeast Technical Institute offers students three scholarship opportunities: Build Dakota Scholarships, Southeast Tech Scholarships 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.

Southeast Tech Scholarships

Current and newly accepted students to Southeast Technical Institute are eligible for Southeast Tech Scholarships that are funded through the Southeast Tech Foundation. These scholarships are funded by annual and endowed gifts to the college. The scholarships typically range from $500‒$1,000, and each scholarship has unique eligibility criteria.

  • The Southeast Tech Scholarship application window for the 20202021 academic year is January 1April 15, 2020.

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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 CTE Academy.

  • The CTE Academy Scholarship application window for the 2020–2021 academic year is January 1–April 15, 2020.

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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, 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. 

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

Third-Party Scholarships

In addition to scholarships provided through Southeast Tech, multiple local, state and federal scholarships are available for students as well. 

The mission of our Scholarship service is to give more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement they need to learn and succeed. By harnessing the power of knowledge, these future leaders can bring about positive changes in their own lives and in their communities.
The AIEF program is one of the United States’ largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Of these, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college. In addition, we mentor and support scholarship recipients throughout the year, which makes a dramatic difference in their success rates.
Applications must be complete and postmarked by April 4, 2020, to be considered. Completed applications received by March 1 will earn you one additional point on your score!
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps students move forward in their educational journeys by providing a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities. AISES scholarships help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of our communities. We highly encourage you to apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for! To apply, you must be an AISES member.
Our Program:
We are offering 4 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 12:00PM EST on October 15th for all spring semester applicants and by June 15th for all fall applicants. Winning scholarships will be paid directly to the school as a tuition payment.

Winners will be selected by November 15th for all spring contestants and by July 15th 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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ASA is the national industry trade association representing distributors and their manufacturers and manufacturer representative agencies serving the PHCP and PVF Channel. As a regional affiliate of ASA, ASA CENTRAL delivers additional member benefits and supply a local network of PHCPPVF channel partners throughout the central region (IL, northwest IN, IA, KS, MI (upper peninsula), MN, MO, NE, ND, SD and WI).

Criteria and Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Commitment to the trades, specifically, a career in the plumbing, heating, cooling, and industrial piping (PHCP) and/or pipes, valves and/or fittings (PVF) industry; 
  • Need of financial support for university tuition-only fees; 
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or Canada;
  • Applicant must meet one of the following criteria: 
    • Working as an intern, part-time or full-time employee for a wholesaler-distributor or supplier member of ASA. Company must be primarily associated with the plumbing, heating, cooling, and industrial piping (PHCP) and/or pipes, valves and/ or fittings (PVF) industry. Company must be located in the ASA CENTRAL Region (IL, northwest IN, IA, KS, MI (upper peninsula), MN, MO, NE, ND, SD and WI); 
    • Currently enrolled or plan to enroll in an apprentice program, accredited two-year community college, accredited technical college or accredited trade school with focus directly related to the PHCPPVF industry; 
    • Currently enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited four-year college or university, with a major related to the PHCP-PVF industry.

Approved majors or courses of study include:

Apprentice program: plumbing installation, service and repair;

Two-year community college, technical college, or trade school, with a major directly related to the PHCP or PVF profession: business management; mechanical engineering; plumbing installation, service and repair; 

Full-time undergraduate degree program at four-year college or university, with major directly related to the PHCP or PVF profession: business management; mechanical engineering.

A maximum of three (3) scholarship recipients will be accepted for consideration per year from any one qualifying company/program listed in the criteria above

Criteria and eligibility notes:

  • Scholarships awarded through the ASA CENTRAL Region Scholarship Program are designed to assist ASA members in the region and/or students currently enrolled in or plan to enroll in accredited higher institutions who plan to major in a field of study directly related to the PHCP-PVF industry. 
  • If an applicant plans to pursue a course of study in one of the approved major areas listed above, but the trade school, college or university uses a different name for their particular program, the applicant should submit official documentation from their school that describes the major and course of study. 
  • To be considered a full-time student, applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of credit or the minimum number of credits required by the applicant’s institution to qualify for the full-time student status, whichever is greater.

Deadline for 2020 applicants: May 15, 2020

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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.

Learn more about the AmericanTrucks scholarship

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:

The AGC of SD is deeply committed to a highly educated and trained workforce and has pledged $40,000 annually for students pursuing an education in a career field directly related to the construction industry. 

AGC of SD Build Chapter Scholarships

The Building Chapter awards two $1,000 scholarships annually for Southeast Tech students pursuing an education in a career field directly related to the construction industry. Applicants must have an above average academic achievement and be committed to working in South Dakota following graduation.


AGC of SD Highway-Heavy-Utilities Scholarships

The Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter works with a Scholarship Committee to select and award multiple scholarships for students enrolled in construction related degrees or diplomas. Applicants must have an above average academic achievement and be committed to working in South Dakota following graduation. The application deadline is May 1, 2020.

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Providing elevated opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native college students through empowering them with an engaging scholarship experience designed to support their success in higher education.

IEI offers a variety of scholarship opportunity for all levels of post-secondary education (after high school). The Cobell Scholarship is a merit and need-based scholarship available to students who exhibit the following qualifications:
  • Enrolled full-time in a non-profit post-secondary institution
  • Enrolled member of a US Federally-Recognized Tribe
  • Competitive Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Demonstration of unmet need

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Dakota Supply Group (DSG) established the DSG Education Connection Fund in 2008 to provide scholarships for those who wish to join the trade industries. Since then, the DSG Education Connection Fund has awarded 75 scholarships totaling over $91,000 to students finding their careers in the trades. It’s easy to apply, and it may just give you the head start you need. Applications due April 5.

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Too many Americans think a four-year degree is the only path to a successful career. Build Dakota and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation are working to change that.

The new Finish Strong Scholarship will award up to 10 second-year tech students with $5,000 for tuition. If you’re entering your last year at a South Dakota tech school—and aren’t afraid of a little hard work—we invite you to apply.

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First Dakota National Bank is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 First Dakota Scholarship. The scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000 each, up to a total of $25,000. First Dakota recognizes what’s important to the communities it serves, and has consistently supported students pursuing higher education through its scholarship program for more than 30 years.

First Dakota is inviting high school seniors and college students to apply for scholarships of up to $5,000. Applications must be postmarked by March 10, 2020. All applicants must have a First Dakota checking account to qualify.

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The Grand Commandery Knights Templar of South Dakota will award several scholarships of $1,000 each year to South Dakota residents who plan to attend a state Technical Institute in South Dakota. Successful candidates are US citizens who will demonstrate financial need and the capability to complete the vocational training program selected. Scholarships will be granted for one year but may be renewed for a maximum of five years.
Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2020. 
The Grand Lodge Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of South Dakota will award several scholarships of $2,000 this year to South Dakota residents who plan to attend a public or private college, university or technical school. Preference will be given to students attending a school in South Dakota. Successful candidates will demonstrate financial need, scholastic capability and have a family connection - either by blood or marriage - to a member of the Masonic fraternity, either living or deceased. Scholarships will be granted for one year, but may be applied for each year for a maximum of five years.
Applications are due March 27, 2020
As a leader committed to helping industry grow and thrive in the future, Graybar is introducing a new scholarship program for students who wish to pursue a career in the construction trades. With increasing labor shortages, jobs in the construction trades are in high demand. Many offer competitive pay, good benefits and opportunities for career growth, without the need to invest in a four-year degree.
With the help of our donating partner, The Builders Group Education Foundation (TBG), the Minnesota Builders Exchange (MBEX) will award multiple scholarships, totaling $30,000, with a top award amount of up to $5,000, to qualifying students for use August 1, 2020 – August 1, 2021.

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

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:

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

The Yearly Pacific Bay Recovery $5000 Scholarship Award Opportunity for 1 Student – Deadline 12/31/2020
This 2020 marks an exciting opportunity for existing college students and those planning to attend in the 2021 calendar year! Pacific Bay Recovery is proud to now offer a new annual scholarship award in the amount of $5000 to 1 college student who is either already enrolled or will be attending during the 2021 calendar semesters. With the purpose to motivate success and continuing education, Pacific Bay Recovery is committed to providing this scholarship every year for 1 talented student to receive a $5000 scholarship. If you are a college-bound or enrolled college student who is considering academic scholarship assistance options, and you show an interest in substance rehabilitation services, then we encourage you to apply for this unique scholarship opportunity!

The Purpose of Our Annual $5000 Scholarship Award
Our yearly scholarship award will help raise awareness and understanding of rehabilitation options while also positively impacting a student and their pursuit for academic success. This scholarship initiative by Pacific Bay Recovery allows us an additional way to give back to motivated young scholars who can and will become future leaders in our society. Our objective for aspiring students is for them to grasp their impact and value they have by their academic achievement and goals they set for themselves.

Scholarship Qualifications
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicant must be an American citizen.
  • Applicant must possess a GPA (grade point average) of 2.5 or higher.
  • Applicant must show proof of current enrollment at a university, accredited college or community college OR provide proof of acceptance from a university, accredited college or community college.
  • Applicant will submit a 1000+ word essay that is 100% unique and original by the deadline of December 31, 2020.
  • Applicant meets the Pacific Bay Recovery regulations and obeys the essay submission requirements that are listed below.

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POET Never Satisfied Scholarships are open to students enrolled for Fall Semester 2020 in any two- or four-year post-secondary school, regardless of major or GPA. Never Satisfied Scholars receive up to $5,000 each, and will have the opportunity to visit the POET Sioux Falls campus during the school year.

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We are excited to announce the Sandy Mazur - Spherion Excellence in Leadership Scholarship and celebrate students who are aspiring to further their education with college, technical or skilled training.

This scholarship holds a special place in our hearts as it was established to honor the contribution of Sandy Mazur to Spherion and the Spherion Owner Community and recognize graduating high school students who best represent the qualities of excellence and passion Sandy displayed during her distinguished career at Spherion. Sandy served as our Spherion President for over 16 years and inspired us daily.

If you have passion and are striving for excellence, click below to learn more and apply. 

The deadline is April 30th, 2020 11:59 pm EDT.

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There are several scholarships available online for students attending technical schools. Please review the applications at

The Sioux Falls Business and Professional Women’s Organization awards annual scholarships to women pursuing a post-secondary education. Both traditional and non-traditional students are eligible to apply. Please complete the following application and submit by May 1st to be considered for our annual scholarship awards.

The Sioux Falls Business and Professional Women’s Organization offers scholarships to assist members who have been accepted into a professional development program, including but not limited to Embe’s Women’s Leadership Program and Leadership Sioux Falls. For questions or to apply for a scholarship, please submit a written request along with a copy of your acceptance letter into the program to Awards are subject to the number of applicants and annual budget.

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The South Dakota Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors (SDAPHCC) Educational Foundation strives to elevate the technical and business competence of the industry by awarding scholarships to young people pursuing a plumbing, heating and cooling career.

Each year, two scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $1,000 and $500.

The deadline for all applications and supporting materials is December 31.  All applicants must be a senior in high school or a freshman in college and must be sponsored by a member of the SDAPHCC.
The South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (SDACTE) is awarding two, $1,000 scholarships to high school or college applicants. 
The recipient of this scholarship must meet the following criteria:
  • Is enrolled as a full-time post-secondary student in a program at any South Dakota technical institute or university in one of the following fields: Health, Business, Trade and Industry, Marketing, Agricultural Education or Family Consumer Science Education.
  • Has taken a minimum of two post-secondary Career and Technical Education courses.
  • Is active in career and technical student organizations.
  • Has achieved at least a 3.0 GPA.

Recipients of the scholarship will be notified no later than July 1, 2020. Recipients are asked to attend the SDACTE Awards banquet the evening of Aug. 3 in Watertown to receive the scholarship.

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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 August 15th / Notified by September
  • Fall - Apply by December 15th / Notified March

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