Nursing Education Scholarship Program

Scholarship money distributed through this program is generated from a $10 fee charged to each nurse upon renewal of a South Dakota RN and LPN license. The number and amount of each scholarship awarded is determined annually by the SDBON, not to exceed $1,000 per student per academic year. 

Scholarship money may be used for direct education expenses such as tuition, books, and fees. The money cannot not be used for room and board, these expenses are not considered direct educational expenses.

Eligibility & Instructions

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a United States citizen and a South Dakota resident for a minimum of one year immediately preceding the date of application.

  2. Be accepted into a board-approved nursing education program for licensed practical nurses or registered nurses, whether leading to initial nurse licensure or degree enhancement.  

  3. Have or maintain a satisfactory GPA for progression in the nursing education program as verified by the nursing program.  

  4. Have financial need as verified by the institution's financial aid office.

Scholarship Application

Submit the application by the deadline to be considered for an award. The Board selects RN awardees at their August meeting and LPN awardees at the November meeting. All applicants will be notified of selection status.

 RN Applicants: Submit by June 1st to be considered for a scholarship award to be paid at the start of that year's fall semester.

 LPN Applicants: Submit by October 1st to be considered for a scholarship award to be paid at the start of the spring semester.

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