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Student Information and Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities


Each Chapter within SDES provides scholarships for high graduates pursuing a career in engineering. The Eastern Chapter also provides Post High School Students scholarships. Below is more detailed information regarding the scholarship opportunities.



Eastern Chapter Scholarships 


High School Seniors
The Eastern Chapter will award $2000 Engineering Scholarships in 2019.  Applicants should be high school seniors and must be planning on attending an engineering program at either South Dakota School of Mines and Technology or South Dakota State University.  Applicants must have attended a high school in the Eastern Chapter area.  The Eastern Chapter’s Scholarship Committee chooses the recipients.  Application forms may be obtained from your high school counselor or the link below.  The application deadline is January 16, 2019.  The scholarship recipient is presented with an award at the chapter’s annual Engineering Banquet usually held in mid February.


Post High School Students
The Eastern Chapter will sponsor two $1000 scholarships this year at South Dakota State University.  The selection of the recipient is based on the student being a junior or senior in pursuit of an engineering degree.  The student must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and show a financial need.  The recipient shall be selected by the College of Engineering Scholarship Committee at SDSU.  The University has an online application process on the MyStateOnline website.  The application process usually goes from mid December to early February. 


For additional information, please contact Scholarship Administration at the SDSU Foundation or the College of Engineering Dean's Office CEH-201, SDSU.

For scholarships offered by the National Society of Professional Engineers, please visit their website: 




Black Hills Chapter Scholarship



The Black Hills Chapter of SDES Scholarship is funded by mutual fund earnings established in part with our Chapter's proceeds from sponsoring the National NSPE convention in Rapid City. That convention was brought to Rapid City in large part through Bill Craig's efforts. Therefore, the scholarship bears his name.


Additionally, the Chapter continues to solicit donations and other fund-raising measures with a goal of reaching a total portfolio of $20,000 to generate annual earnings for the scholarship.


The main scholarship criteria is to award to returning SDSM&T undergraduate or graduate engineering students active in professional societies and activities.


Also, the recipient must be a U.S. citizen with a grade point average of at least 2.5. Applications are accepted beginning in January. The award is announced at the annual Engineers Week Banquet in February, with first payment made at the start of the following fall semester.






Central Chapter Scholarship


The Central Chapter Engineering Scholarship is funded by an Endowed Account. This account was established through local engineer contributions. As the account grows, we hope to increase the amount and number of scholarships awarded. 


Currently, the Chapter awards one $800 Engineering Scholarship to a graduating senior in the Central Chapter area.

Applicants should be attending one of two engineering schools in the state (either South Dakota State University or South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) and majoring in engineering.

 The Central Chapter Scholarship Committee picks the scholarship winner. The scholarship money is sent to the school of choice once enrollment is verified.

 Application forms may be obtained from the document link of this website or the Central Chapter of SDES, 804 Bridgeview, Pierre SD 57501. Application deadline is April 2, 2018.







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