Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

In order to be considered for incoming freshman scholarships at the School of Mines, prospective students must complete an online scholarship application. The online scholarship application will be available beginning November 1 and is due by January 15. You must be accepted for admission to SD Mines prior to completing the scholarship application. Students interested in departmental scholarships should contact their respective department for further information.

Automatic Scholarship Award

All students admitted as first time freshmen (including students who completed college coursework while still in high school) on or prior to January 15 prior to their academic year of enrollment (i.e. January 15, 2017 for an August 2017 start), will receive an automatic award offer of $3,000 per year for each of their first two years of attendance if they meet one of the following two criteria:

  • Have ACT scores (or SAT equivalent scores) of at least 32 in both composite and math;
  • Have an ACT score (or SAT equivalent score) of at least 34 in either composite or math.

Automatic scholarship recipients remain eligible to compete for scholarships of greater value, if they have completed the online scholarship application by January 15. If a student is selected for a more prestigious scholarship, this would replace the $3,000 two-year scholarship offer.

    Types of Scholarships Available

    The SD Mines Scholarship Committee awards scholarships which include:

    • Surbeck Scholarships - $9,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
    • Presidential Scholarships - $5,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
    • Distinctive Scholarships - $1,000 to $5,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
    • SD Mines Scholarships - $2,000 to $3,000 (renewable for 1 additional year)
    • Freshman Scholarships - $100 to $2,000 (non-renewable)

    SD Mines commits to awarding scholarship funds to as many students as possible. All of the scholarship funds in which SD Mines receives are from alumni, family, corporations, and friends of SD Mines. SD Mines has outstanding students and merit scholarships are extremely competitive. 

    National Merit Finalists

    Date of Scholarship Award Notification

    Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award offer approximately mid-February. If the scholarship is a multi-year award, the award notice will indicate the criteria the recipient must meet to maintain their scholarship for subsequent years.

    If you were initially awarded a scholarship stated above, it may have been made without regard for specific funding sources. If so, by August, the Financial Aid Office will assign (replace) each initial scholarship award with a named donor-funded scholarship and notify the student of this information. At that time, a thank-you letter will be required before scholarships funds can be disbursed to student accounts.

    Scholarship Requirements

    Scholarship recipients must meet certain enrollment and academic achievement requirements.  Find out more on our Scholarship Requirements page.

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    Hardrocker Heritage CTAIf you are a non-resident applicant or transfer student with at least one parent or legal guardian who went to SD Mines, you can attend at in-state rates.

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