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 20212022 academic year runs Jan. 1March 31, 2021. 

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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 2021–2022 academic year runs Jan. 1March 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 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 Tech, multiple local, state and federal scholarships are available for students as well. 

2021-2022 AIEF Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships:
Undergraduate Applicant Critereia
  • Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian (student or one parent must be enrolled and able to provide documentation.)
  • Attending an accredited university or vocational/technical school
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the full school year (Fall and Spring.)
Graduate Applicant Critereia
  • Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian (student or one parent must be enrolled and able to provide documentation.)
  • Attending or have been accepted to an accredited graduate school (ABD is not permissible.)
  • Must be enrolled between 6-18 credits (level of scholarship funding dependent on number of credits enrolled.)
                EARLY – MARCH 1, 2021 (must be received by March 1 for an extra point)
                FINAL DEADLINE – APRIL 4, 2021 (must be postmarked by April 4 to be considered eligible)
Contact:  RaeAnne Schad, Higher Education Coordinator
Telephone: 866-866-8642 E-mail:
Address: 2401 Eglin Street, Rapid City, SD 57703
Amount: Up to $1500/year (Fall 2021/Spring 2022)

*Please visit and like our Facebook page American Indian Education Fund - AIEF to keep updated on approaching scholarship deadlines and other opportunities!

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

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. Application deadline is April 5, 2021.
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 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 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

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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The South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association (SDADA) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year. These $1,000 scholarships are available to anyone currently working, or intending to work, in a SDADA Member’s dealership.

Applications must be mailed with a postmarked no later than Friday, April 30, 2021.

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$1000 Scholarship for completing 40-hour Internship!
The South Dakota Soil and Water Conservation Society will offer two $1000 scholarships in exchange for a 40-hour internship for students who are enrolled in an agricultural or natural resource conservation related major. Please see eligibility criteria below.  The completed, signed application packet is due by March 31, 2021 and can be e-mailed or mailed to the address on the application form. To view application, click learn more below. Applications with a postmark dated March 31 will be accepted; applications with a postmark after that will not be accepted.
The goals of this internship program are:
  • To introduce students to potential career opportunities
  • To connect employers to future job candidates
  • To educate students on current issues and evolving technologies in natural resources

The SD Soil and Water Conservation Society has provided a scholarship annually since 1983, to a total of 83 students, giving almost $30,000 in assistance.

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