Make a Difference Scholarship

What is the Make a Difference Initiative?

Dr. James Hess, professor of psychology and chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at Black Hills State University, pledged a $1 million gift to BHSU to establish the School of Behavioral Sciences Make a Difference Initiative. In exchange for scholarship funds, students will be challenged to plan and implement sustainable community projects designed to make a difference in the lives of others.

How Much Will Be Awarded?

Two $3,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2019. In addition to the scholarship, each recipient will receive up to $2,500 for student projects.

Who Can Apply?

  • School of Behavioral Sciences students with declared major(s) in Exercise Science, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, or Outdoor Education.
  • Sophomore or above
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

What is the Application Process?

An application and project proposal is due by March 15, 2019. Send the application and proposal electronically as a word document attachment to: Announcement of selected recipient(s) will be in late March. A reception for successful applicants will be held April 17, 2019 at 4:00PM in the Joy Center. 


To contribute to the Make a Difference Initiative, contact Black Hills State University Advancement at 605-642-6385.

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