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Scholarships at University of South Dakota

There are 2 scholarships available at University of South Dakota.

Graduate Assistantships

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Eligibility requirements

Graduate Assistants must be regularly admitted graduate students in good academic standing in their degree program and the Graduate School.

International students must meet admission requirements and may have select departmental requirements depending on the type of assistantship.

Graduate Assistants must maintain active status and be registered for at least nine credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and, if their assistantship responsibilities continue during the summer, one credit hour during any summer session. Summer enrollment is not required to maintain an Assistantship in the fall and spring semesters.  FICA taxes will be collected on pay unless the Graduate Assistant is enrolled for three credit hours in the summer term.

If selected as a Graduate Assistant, students must successfully pass a criminal background check and sign an intellectual property and confidentiality agreement. Passage requirements for the background check are determined by Human Resources and the Graduate School and may be based on appointment type and expected duties.

Work Requirements:

A GA work/service component is expected for an Assistantship award for the greater good of the student learning experience and the University, with the exception of the Summer Option A described above. Thus, a teaching or grading assignment would be required for an awarded Teaching Assistantship, research is required for a Research Assistantship, clinical work is required for a Clinical Assistantship, and administrative service would be required for an Administrative Assistantship. Graduate Assistants may not work more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters (.5 FTE). The primary purpose of a Graduate Assistantship is to provide students with professional experience and the necessary financial resources to attend a graduate program.

Application details

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA), applicants complete an Assistantship Application.  Applications are submitted to the Graduate School for processing; however, each hiring unit makes independent hiring decisions and notifies the Graduate School accordingly.  Appointments may be for any duration up to 12 months. Renewal is not automatic; rather it depends upon the academic performance of the student, the number of credits in which the student is enrolled, the quality of work performed, and the needs of the University.  The Graduate School reviews eligibility each term and is responsible for coding GA's, which in turn informs billing.

Value details

The minimum stipend is USD $3,763.00 per semester, USD $940 per four-week session for FY18 (if Summer Option B is awarded).

Coyote Commitment Scholarship Program

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Eligibility requirements

Students must submit a complete application for admission with all required supporting documents as well as an SAT or ACT official test score. No additional scholarship application is required; all complete applications with test scores are considered. The award is renewable for four years as long as students maintain full-time enrollment and the minimum grade point average.

Application details

There is no deadline or separate application for this award, students should apply to USD prior to 1 April for full consideration.

Value of scholarship

2,62,351 a year

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