Southeast Tech offers Build Dakota Scholarships and Southeast Tech Foundation Scholarships. By completing just one application, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you qualify.

The scholarship application window for the 2020-21 academic year is Jan. 1-April 15, 2020.

How to Apply for Scholarships
  • Apply for Admission. Apply for admission to Southeast Tech, and complete the admissions process. Scholarship offers cannot be made until you are accepted into a program of study.
  • Complete the Scholarship Application. By completing just one application, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you qualify – the Build Dakota Scholarship and Southeast Tech Foundation Scholarships.

STUDENT ID: firstname.lastname
PASSWORD: Use the following format for your password: (First Initial of Your First Name) + (First Initial of Your Last Name) + (Last Four of Your Social Security #, EX: ab1234). Initials are both lowercase.

About Build Dakota Scholarships

When you choose a high-need workforce program identified through the Build Dakota Scholarship program, you become eligible for a full-ride scholarship covering 100% of your program, including tuition, fees, books, uniforms and tools.

About Southeast Tech Scholarships

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

Do you have questions about Build Dakota or Foundation Scholarships? Call the Southeast Tech Admissions Office at (605) 367-6040 or email

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships

If you receive a South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, please let our Financial Aid office know.

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.

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