Scholarships at BHSU

Humbert Hall Room Scholarship

The Humbert Hall Room Scholarship is awarded on the basis of a student’s academic accomplishments and/or personal circumstances. Humbert Hall Room Scholarships provide students with one-half the cost of their residence hall room in Humbert Hall for up to two years.

Limited number available per academic year. Students should submit the General Scholarship Application to be considered. Students who are selected for these awards will notified by the BHSU Office of Admissions.

 Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship Application
The Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship award is available to a high school senior/graduate who has not previously attended a post- secondary institution. The scholarship is worth $40,000 over four years. It is renewable without reapplying, provided the student maintains required academic performance. See More

Financial aid and scholarships are a crucial part of making your educational dreams a reality. BHSU offers a variety of scholarships to help you reach your educational goals.

BUZZ BONUS Scholarship

Apply for admission today! Awarded based on your application for admission - no separate application required. The BUZZ Bonus is guaranteed to eligible students while funds are still available.

This award is available to a high school graduate who has not previously attended a post-secondary institution. Application is made during the senior year of high school. To be eligible, a student must attain a minimum ACT composite score of 21, be in the upper 33% of his/her class rank, and must have been admitted to Black Hills State University. Home-schooled students, in lieu of class rank, must attain a 3.0 GPA along with the minimum ACT composite score of 21, as well as be admitted to Black Hills State University to be awarded the Buzz Bonus. The amount of the award is determined by the students ACT score according to the chart below.

  • ACT Score Scholarship Amount
    • 27 or higher -- $1,000.00
    • 25-26 -- $750.00
    • 21-24 -- $500.00

This scholarship will be renewed for three years if the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and takes 30 credit hours per academic year.*

These scholarships are awarded upon admission to BHSU. If your ACT score or class rank improves please contact the Admissions Office to request a reevaluation.

BHSU Foundation scholarships are for BHSU classes only. Recipients of BHSU scholarships are advised to contact the Scholarship Coordinator if they are anticipating taking classes at one of the other South Dakota public universities.

Questions? Please call the Admission's Office at 642-6343, or email

* The four-year BUZZ Bonus awards began with the 2008-2009 academic year. Prior to that they were two-year awards.

BUZZ Bonus Donors:

Our BUZZ Bonus program is sponsored by the following endowments in the Black Hills State University Foundation.

  • Clarkson Achievement
  • Boesen, Marc Scholarship
  • Chamison, Goldie Memorial
  • Confer, Kathryn Memorial
  • DeYoung Memorial
  • Donahue, Regina Memorial
  • Hause, Gil and Trudy
  • Leedom, Irene Memorial
  • Lynn, Gay Scholarship
  • Mann, Dick
  • Mullin, Audrey Scholarship
  • Nelson, Betty Jean Scholarship
  • Radcliff, Agnes
  • Rolando-Zucco, Peter & Ruth
  • Vucurevich, John T.

Learn more about donating to the Foundation.

The Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship (15 awards at $10,000 each)

The Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship provides a $10000 scholarship to be disbursed throughout a student’s collegiate career. Like all Horatio Alger Scholarships, the Horatio Alger Denny Sanford scholarship assists high school students who have faced great obstacles in their young lives to overcome their adversities, attend a post-secondary institution, and achieve success.

To be eligible for the Horatio Alger Denny Sanford Scholarship a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be committed to complete a bachelor’s degree at Black Hills State University
  • Be a current high school senior with plans to enroll in college Fall 2020
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or less family income required)
  • Be involved in community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Application available August 1st - October 25th and January 15th - March 15th 

Students may apply here!