Southeast Technical College 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 College 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 2021-22 academic year will open on January 1, 2021, and run through March 31, 2021. 

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 will open on January 1, 2021, and run through March 31, 2021.

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 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 p.m. EST on Oct. 15 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 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.

Scholarship Details
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:

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

For more information regarding all scholarship opportunities, please visit

Captain James Ahn, a graduate of UC Riverside and the Claremont McKenna College Army ROTC program, died in 2015 during a parachute training operation while participating with his Special Forces unit in Washington State.

For all of us who knew and loved James, he will never be forgotten. He was the consummate person and professional who was respected by everyone he came in contact with.

In James’ honor, we are sponsoring an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Special Forces Veteran who is working towards the completion of a higher education degree.

  • Former Special Forces Service Member
  • Full time student pursuing degree/certification completion at an accredited post secondary institution including graduate school, university, college, community college, or vocational/technical institution.
  • Applicants must complete the application in full by June 1, 2021

Learn More About CTP James Ahn Memorial Scholarship

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.

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.

Additional Details

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.

Scholarship Info

The South Dakota Well Drillers Association is pleased to offer the “SDWDA Quality Groundwater Scholarships” totaling $7,000.00 to four deserving students.  There will be one $3,000.00, one $2,000.00 and two $1,000.00 scholarships awarded.  SDWDA scholarships will be given every other year when the association’s convention is held in South Dakota.  The Association recognizes the need for educational advancements at all levels of the industry and seeks to support students pursuing their educational goals.

Rules for Application:
  • Applicant must be a resident of South Dakota OR a son/daughter/dependent of an individual employed by a MEMBER COMPANY in Good Standing (having paid all dues for the current year). A higher priority will be given to a relative of an employee of a MEMBER COMPANY.
  • Applicant must be a full-time student that has successfully completed, at a minimum, their freshman year at an accredited South Dakota University or Technical School with a major emphasis on a degree related to the water/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, etc.
  • Applicant must have an accumulative grade point average of 2.0 and be able to provide full college transcripts from the current educational institution.
  • Transcripts for classes completed through the most recently completed college semester must accompany the application.
  • The top award recipient will be invited and encouraged to attend the SDWDA Convention to accept the award. The convention will be held at The Lodge in Deadwood, SD on March 7-10, 2019.  The scholarship presentations will be held on Monday evening, March 8, as part of the scholarship benefit auction and meal festivities.  $300.00 will be provided for the winner to help with motel room and expenses if they attend along with meal tickets (max. 4 per recipient) will be provided by the Association.  In the event that the convention is canceled due to Covid, the scholarships will still be awarded as stated.
  • Awards will be sent directly to the South Dakota University or Technical School prior to the fall semester of the 2021-2022 school year for sophomore and junior recipients. Senior recipients will be awarded at the time of the convention.
  • Applicant must complete the following application in full and be postmarked prior to the deadline. The deadline of this year’s application is December 15, 2020.  The winners will be notified by February 1, 2021.
  • A photo of the applicant must accompany the application.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible.
  • Applications must be typed (no exceptions).
Application Procedures:
  • To be considered, applicants must submit the following documents:
  • Complete Scholarship Application. Incomplete applications or applications not containing all supporting information will not be considered.
  • A 500-1000 word statement describing your personal life, your educational pursuits, and how your career goals will relate to and improve the water industry.
  • A statement of verification from company owner/representative if related to an employee of a SDWDA Member Company.
  • One letter of recommendation from one of either of the applicant’s collegiate academic advisor, counselor, or instructor.
  • One letter of personal recommendation (family members and high school and collegiate advisors, counselors, instructors, or coaches are excluded).
  • Recent photo.

For additional information or questions, contact Dennis Duvall at:  or by going to the associations website at:

SDWDA Scholarship Application

The SDSWMA Scholarship Program provides one or more scholarships annually to students with directed studies relating to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment, the solid waste industry and similar fields. Preference is given to South Dakota residents intending to study at South Dakota colleges, universities, vocational training or apprenticeships.

SDSWMA Scholarship Information

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

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.


South Dakota Nurses Foundation (SDNF) is pleased to offer the following scholarships to be awarded Fall 2020:

$1000 South Dakota Nurses Foundation (SDNF) Scholarship (2 available)
Purpose—To support a registered nurse pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree with the career goal of practicing nursing in a South Dakota high need area or teaching in a South Dakota baccalaureate or higher degree nursing education

1.  Current South Dakota resident
2.  Current South Dakota RN license
3.   Member of SDNA for at least one year
4.   Graduate student pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing or a related field in an accredited program with the goal of practicing nursing in a South Dakota high need area or teaching in a South Dakota baccalaureate or higher degree nursing education program
5.   Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher upon completion of highest degree, i.e., baccalaureate nursing program or master’s in nursing program
6.   Career goals and personal qualities congruent with South Dakota Nurses Foundation purposes
7.   Evidence of leadership, compassion, involvement in professional organization(s), professional activities, and community service

$1000 Rita H. Walsh Scholarship (1 available)
Purpose—To support a registered nurse pursuing a higher level of nursing education.

1.   Current South Dakota resident
2.   Current South Dakota RN license
3.   RN pursing a bachelor's degree in nursing or RN to master's degree in nursing (bridge track) in an accredited program
4.   Demonstrates financial need
5.   Demonstrates the qualities of patient advocacy, patient education, compassion and peer mentoring
$1000 Marianne M. Stenvig Scholarship (1 available)

Purpose—To support a male registered nurse in pursuit of his educational goals

1.  Current South Dakota resident
2.  Current South Dakota RN license
3.  Male RN pursuing a graduate degree in nursing (preferred) or a related field in an accredited program
4.  SDNA membership preferred
5.  Career goals consistent with South Dakota Nurses Foundation purposes of education, research and service
6.  Evidence of leadership, compassion, involvement in professional organization(s), professional activities, and community service.

$500 Dr. Carl and Leona Stadler Scholarship (1 available)  
Purpose—To support a non-licensed student who is an member of a tribal nation and is  pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing

1.  South Dakota resident.
2.  Enrolled member of a recognized tribal nation in South Dakota.
3.  Admitted to the South Dakota State University College of Nursing.
4.  Documentation of enrollment in Semester 1 or 2 of the standard undergraduate nursing major at Rapid City site.
5.  Documentation of tribal enrollment (form BIA-4432 or equivalent).
6.  Application must include a 500-word essay describing “My Passion for Learning.”
7.   Selected scholarship recipients who remain in good standing will be funded for a second consecutive year without reapplication.


Application Materials for Scholarships:
Access the South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA) website at South Dakota Nurses Foundation/Scholarships.  Alternatively, contact the South Dakota Nurses Association office at or 605-945-4265.

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 by March

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