BHSU offers new scholarship for freshmen who take Dual Credit classes

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Spearfish High School students recently visited the Life Sciences Lab at Black Hills State University. High school students can earn college and high school credit through the Dual Credit program. Students that complete Dual Credit courses at BHSU during their high school year and enroll at BHSU are eligible for the Early Scholar Incentive Scholarship of up to $7,500.



Black Hills State University is offering a new scholarship incentive to students who complete dual credit courses.

High school students that have completed dual credit courses through BHSU and enroll at BHSU will earn the Early Scholar Incentive Scholarship. The Early Scholar Incentive Scholarship award of up to $7,500 will be based on the number of BHSU college credits completed while in high school. The new scholarship will be awarded beginning this fall.

Dual credit courses provide credit for a high school diploma and college degree at the same time. Dual credit courses are offered at the BHSU Spearfish campus, BHSU-Rapid City and online. High school students can begin taking dual credit courses their junior year.

The scholarships will range between $500 and $7,500 that are distributed over two years. Students receiving the scholarship must maintain the cumulative grade-point average requirement of 3.50 and enroll in 30 BHSU credit hours per academic year. Students must in enroll at BHSU the fall after earning their high school diploma. For full details see:

"BHSU recognizes what an accomplishment it is to take college level classes while still in high school," said Beth Oaks, director of admissions at BHSU. "Offering students this scholarship is just one more way we can show our future Yellow Jackets that anything is possible at BHSU."

The amount of scholarship funding is determined by the number of BHSU credit hours a student takes while in high school. Every six credit hours completed equals $500 in scholarship funds. For example, 12 completed credit hours equals $1,000 in scholarship funds 30 credit hours equals $4,500 and 48 credit hours equals $7,500. Students can earn scholarship funds starting at six credit hours. A full list of credit hours and scholarship funds is available online.

Students that have completed the dual credit coursework at BHSU said the program prepares them well for their future at BHSU.

Katelyn Ludens, of Spearfish, began taking dual credit courses her senior year at Spearfish High School. She will continue her education at BHSU, majoring in business administration. Ludens will receive $1,000 through the Early Scholar Incentive Scholarship.

"I wanted to take a college math class because I enjoy the subject and wanted to challenge myself," Ludens said. "The dual credit program was a great opportunity. It definitely prepared me for college courses."

Ludens said taking college courses helped her adjust to the college classroom, learn how to accurately take notes and prepare for college-level exams.

For more information on the Early Scholar Incentive Scholarship and the Dual Credit program, contact Mary Beth Kwenda, Dual Credit coordinator, at or go online

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