Student Initial Eligibility
Students seeking to establish their initial eligibility in the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship program must complete the Application Form provided at the link below. Students should complete the front section of the form and then submit to the authorized High School representative for verification of the Regent Scholar curriculum and academic requirements for the program. After obtaining the authorized signature, students should submit the application form directly to the University, College, or Technical School to which they are applying. Please note that the Board of Regents office does not make initial eligibly decision, and all all applications and questions concerning initial eligibility should be direct to the respective campus coordinator identified in the link above. The application form must be accompanied by: 1) an official high school transcript; and 2) a copy of the students' ACT or SAT score report if the student's official high school transcript does not show the ACT composite score or the sum of the SAT verbal and mathematics score.
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It is recommended that the initial scholarship application and transcript be submitted by June 1 when establishing eligibility for the fall term and November 1 when establishing eligibility for the spring term, so that the financial aid office can begin to work with eligible students to package a scholarship award. Complete application packages are due to institutional representatives by no later than September 1st for those students seeking initial enrollment during the Fall term, and no later than January 15th for those seeking initial enrollment during the Spring term.
Returning Student, Transfer, and Reinstatement Forms
Additional forms are also available by following the links provided below for those students seeking to establish initial eligibility after pursuing their post-secondary education out of state, transferring among participating institutions within the state, or have their eligibility reinstated after falling below the 3.0 cumulative GPA.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Paul D. Turman
South Dakota Board of Regents
306 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545