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What are the requirements to receive a scholarship?
The requirements vary for all scholarships. Most are academic and/or need-based.
Visit our website at https://www.bhsu.edu/scholarships and use the searchable database for descriptions.
Do I need to be admitted to apply for scholarships?
No. However, for priority consideration we strongly encourage you to have completed the application process.
How do I apply for scholarships?
To access the application go to https://www.bhsu.edu/scholarships and choose the New Student Scholarship Application or the Current BHSU Student Scholarship Application.
When are the deadlines to apply for BHSU scholarships?
is the submission deadline for new and transfer students scholarship applications.
is the priority deadline for continuing students. Any scholarship application submitted after will be evaluated on a funds-available basis.
Can I receive outside scholarships along with a scholarship from BHSU?
Yes, you may receive outside scholarships. For further information click on the 'Outside Scholarship' tab above. However, if you are applying for Federal Aid, scholarships will be counted as a resource.
What scholarships do you have available for Non-Residents?
Scholarships of Distinction are available for new students only. Other scholarships available are outside scholarships and Privately Funded. For more information on tuition and fees, click here.
What outside scholarships are available?
Please visit our Outside Scholarships page for more information. DISCLAIMER: BHSU does not affiliate with or endorse any third-party scholarship website. Please exercise caution when pursuing any outside scholarships. Be careful what information you supply to websites. When in doubt, don't supply any personal information.
Are there scholarships available for graduate students?
Generally, graduate students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree are NOT eligible to apply for BHSU scholarships, however, there may be some outside scholarship resources available. http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/ is also a resource available for outside scholarship searches (go to 'More Info & Resources' -> 'Scholarship Search'). DISCLAIMER: BHSU does not affiliate with or endorse any third-party scholarship website. Please exercise caution when pursuing any outside scholarships. Be careful what information you supply to websites. When in doubt, don't supply any personal information.
Do you have scholarships available for students with disabilities?
You will need to contact the Disabilities Services Center on campus for more information. The Disabilities Services Center may have private money or information on applying for off-campus scholarships.
Do I have to be attending full-time to apply for scholarships?
No, you can apply without being full-time. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you will need to attend full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester).
Do you have any scholarships for part-time students?
No, but there may be a few Privately Funded Scholarships.
How many credit hours am I required to take?
12 BHSU credit hours per semester is the minimum. Some scholarships require more. Many scholarships require 30 BHSU credit hours per academic year for continuing scholarship eligibility.
It is my last semester and I don’t have 12 credit hours to take. Can I still receive my scholarship?
All special circumstances should be directed in writing to the BHSU Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, Kanda Guthmiller at Kanda.Guthmiller@BHSU.edu
If I have taken concurrent (dual) enrollment classes in high school, will I be considered a continuing student?
If you have not graduated from high school, you will be considered a new student for scholarship purposes.
If I am taking concurrent (dual) enrollment through BHSU, do I still need to be admitted?
Yes, you will need to apply as a degree-seeking student by using the application found at: www.BHSU.edu/Apply. Please provide all necessary supporting documents.
Is there a probation period for scholarships?
No, if you fail to complete the requirements at the end of the semester, your scholarship will be canceled.
If I withdraw from my classes will I have to pay back the scholarship?
If you withdraw during the 100% refund period, the scholarship will be taken back and you will not have to repay it. If you withdraw after the 100% refund period, you may have to pay a portion of the scholarship back, or any refund you may get would go back to the scholarship account.
Did you receive my scholarship application?
You should receive an email confirmation if your application was successfully submitted.
How can I tell if I have been awarded a scholarship?
You should receive an email or a letter if you are awarded.
Can I accept my scholarship online?
Yes. New students can accept their scholarships online by clicking here and filling out the form.
Returning students need to follow the directions from their college.
How much can I receive from a scholarship?
The amount can vary anywhere from partial to full tuition unless otherwise indicated. If a student is offered more than one award, it may be necessary to indicate a preference. Combined award amounts may not exceed the actual cost of attendance.
Contact Kanda Guthmiller, BHSU Foundation Scholarship Coordinator at 605.642.6335 in the Joy Center 1351 St. Joe. Kanda.Guthmiller@BHSU.edu
Thank-you letters are a mandatory condition of accepting most scholarships at BHSU. A thank-you letter should be sincere, expressing appreciation without excessive flattery. The tone should be pleasant. Donors appreciate receiving a thank-you letter. Your thank-you letter assists in persuading a donor to renew their contribution to a scholarship.
As a guide to help you write your thank-you letter, we have provided you with some tips on what to include in your letter. While we would like you to follow these guidelines, they are not restrictions on how to write your letter.
Things to be included in your letter:
Tips on writing your letter:
Kanda Guthmiller, Scholarship Coordinator, 1200 University St. Unit 9506, Spearfish, SD 57799
Or drop it off at the Joy Center
C/O BHSU Scholarships
1200 University Unit 9670
Spearfish, SD 57799-9670
Dear Mr. Edwards:
As a recipient of the Edwards Family Scholarship, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support of BHSU and its students. It means a lot to students such as myself that you believe in our efforts to reach our higher educational goals.
I am a junior in the College of Business and Natural Sciences pursuing a degree in accounting. During my free time, I volunteer with the VISTA program helping prepare tax returns for low-income residents of the Northern Hills. I also like to volunteer at the Humane Society and with Special Olympics. This year I became a member of the BHSU Presidential Ambassadors where I represent the university at functions such as the 1883 dinner and orientation for new students.
My future goals involve studying for and passing my CPA exams and then seeking a career in an established accounting firm. In two years I plan to graduate with the university honor of summa cum laude. When I complete my degree at BHSU, I feel more than competent to complete my career goals and future endeavors.
The Edwards Family Scholarship has helped me tremendously focus more on my education rather than seeking full time employment to pay for my school.
Once again thank you for your generous gift to BHSU and its students. Your support will go a long way in achieving my educational and career goals.
1200 University Unit 8000
Spearfish, SD 57799-8000
South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship (4-year award)
Dakota Corps Scholarship
*See SDBOR website. Dakota Corps Scholarship Program
Continuing Eligibility Requirements for Renewable BHSU Scholarships
Residence Hall Half Room Scholarship (2-year award)
Clarkson Memorial Scholarship (3-year award soph/jun/sen)
Joe & Elaine Floyd Scholarship (4-year award)
Joseph & Martha Nelson Scholarship (4-year award)
Mahoney Running Scholarship (4-year award)
Delger-Krier (2-year award)
Child of Alumni (in-state tuition)
Continuing Eligibility Requirements for University Funded Scholarships
Donors will give Black Hills State University their information on scholarships. They can be found within the searchable database above. Be as general as possible when searching the database as some of these scholarships, such as the American Business Women Association (ABWA), will give to any major. Choose ANY for majors and always choose OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP for these donors from outside BHSU.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Student Financial Services at 605.642.6415.
1st year of attendance
2nd year of attendance
3rd year of attendance
4th year of attendance
If you are receiving an outside scholarship/grant/award, you must report those to BHSU Student Financial Services. Please complete this form for each additional scholarship/award and mail to the address below. If you wish us to email a form to you, please email Angie Faulkner.Questions? Please email Alyssa.Blake@bhsu.edu or call 605.642.6829.