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?

Up to $3500! Also, you can request up to $2500 to fund your project!

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?

  1. Complete the application (see link above).  We strongly recommend that you meet with a faculty member in your major well ahead of the deadline to review your application. See faculty office doors for scheduled office hours.
    1. Example of a successful application.
  2. Revise and email the application by March 1 to your faculty advisor, who will forward it to the MADI committee chair.
  3. Winners will be announced in late March or early April. 
  4. A reception for successful applicants will be held in the Joy Center in April.  


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

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