Broc Kokesh (2018 Fulbright Scholar) and William Trevillya (2018 Goldwater Scholar)

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

2021-2022 Academic Year Awards for Freshmen
Dollar Amount (per year for four years) Scholarship Tier Name ACT Range SAT Minimum

Presidential Scholar

35-36 1530

Gold Scholar

34 1490

Silver Scholar

33-31 1390

Copper Scholar

30-28 1300

Miner Scholar

27-25 1200

Hardrock Scholar

24 1160

To be awarded an academic scholarship at SD Mines, students must have at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA. Prospective students can update their file with the Office of Admissions through the scholarship deadline of January 15, 2021. After this deadline, no additional test scores or updated high school transcripts will be considered.

Scholarship Deadline: January 15th

In order to be considered for incoming freshman scholarships at South Dakota Mines, prospective students must be accepted for admission to South Dakota Mines by the priority scholarship deadline of January 15 as well as have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from high school. The Office of Admissions will consider a student's highest composite score (either ACT or SAT) by test date.  Official ACT Superscores (calculated by ACT) will also be accepted for consideration, but must be sent officially from ACT to the Office of Admissions by the scholarship deadline.   

The South Dakota Mines Scholarship Committee awards scholarships which are all renewable for an additional 3 years if continuing criteria is met. South Dakota Mines commits to awarding scholarship funds to as many students as possible. All of the scholarship funds in which South Dakota Mines receives are from alumni, family, corporations, and friends of South Dakota Mines. South Dakota Mines has outstanding students and merit scholarships are extremely competitive

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are awarded as part of the incoming freshman scholarships based on the demonstrated financial need of the student. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used in determining eligibility. No separate scholarship application is required. 

NSF S-STEM Culture and Attitude Scholarships

Culture and Attitude scholarships are awarded to women and underrepresented students majoring in metallurgical, industrial, mechanical, mining and civil engineering. Culture and Attitude scholarships are up to $5,000 a year based on the demonstrated financial need of the student. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used in determining eligibility. Learn more about this program

Applying for Departmental Scholarships

Students interested in departmental scholarships should contact their respective department for further information.

Athletic Scholarships

The Athletic Director, Compliance Director, and Financial Aid Director share responsibility for monitoring compliance with NCAA financial aid regulations. All athletic aid will be awarded in accordance with NCAA and South Dakota Mines rules and regulations. No aid for any student-athlete will be awarded, paid, cancelled or altered without approval of the Financial Aid Office and the Department of Athletics. Approval of aid will be contingent upon submission of all appropriate forms by the Department of Athletics, the student-athlete, and/or other agencies as appropriate. Any merit or private scholarships or awards received by a student-athlete must conform to NCAA regulations. Approval of athletics aid will be contingent upon the academic eligibility of the student-athlete.

Scholarship Requirements

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