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Dakota Valley Conference Scholarship Essay

In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and recognize the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life.

2017 National Student Athlete Scholarship Winners


Hope Vera Baldwin
– Hackett Catholic Prep High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Athletic Director: Mike Garvey, CMAA

Ethan Shuster – Shelton High School, Shelton, Connecticut
Athletic Director: John Niski

State Winners

One male and one female will each receive a plaque recognizing them as state winners.

Section Winners

One male and one female in each of the eight NIAAA sections will each receive a $1,500 scholarship and a plaque recognizing them as section winners.

National Winners

One male and one female will be selected from the eight section winners to each receive a $2,500 scholarship and a glass etching recognizing them as national winners in addition to attending the National Conference for Athletic Administrators in December to present their essay.

Click here to see all of our previous national winners.

Find your NIAAA State Liaison

  • Alabama (February 28)
    Denise Ainsworth, CAA, AHSAA
    PO Box 242367
    Montgomery, AL 36124-2367
    dainsworth@ahsaa.com
  • Alaska (February 28)
    Sandi Wagner
    Alaska School Activities Assoc.
    4048 Laurel Street, Suite 203
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    sandi@asaa.org
  • Arizona (February 28)
    Cindy Riley, CAA
    Desert Christian HS
    7525 East Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85710
    c-riley@desertchristian.org
  • Arkansas (February 28)
    Phillip Lansdell
    El Dorado High School
    2000 Wildcat Drive
    El Dorado, AR  71730
    plansdell@esk-15.org
  • California (February 28)
    Jean Ashen, CMAA
    North Salinas HS
    55 Kip Drive
    Salinas, CA 93906
    jeankinn.ashen@salinasuhsd.org
  • Colorado (February 28)
    Gary Leeper
    Colorado Athletic Directors Association
    12011 Tejon Street
    Westminster, CO 80234
    gary@imigroup.org
  • Connecticut (January 31)
    Trish Witkin, CMAA
    Glastonbury High School
    330 Hubbard Street                                                                                                                                                                           Glastonbury, CT 06033                                                                                                                                                    witkint@glastonburyus.org
  • Delaware (February – 28)
    Rick Shea, CAA
    Brandywine High School
    917 Naudain Avenue
    Claymont, DE 19703
    Rickshea1959@gmail.com
  • DC (February 28)
    Richard Bettencourt, RAA
    Washington Latin PCS                                                                                                                                                                                           5200 Second Street NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    rbettencourt@llatinpcs.org
  • Florida (May 5)
    Ron Balazs CAA
    8926 Olde Hickory Ave
    Sarasota FL, 34238
    RBalazs@aol.com
  • Georgia (February 28)
    Joe Sanfilippo, CAA
    671 Starlight Drive
    Sautee Nacooche, GA 30571
    sanfilippojq@yahoo.com
  • Hawaii (February 28)
    Blane Gaison, CAA
    Interscholastic League of Honolulu
    P.O. Box 61146
    Honolulu, HI 96839
    gaison@ilhsports.com
  • Idaho (February 28)
    Todd Gilkey, CAA
    St. Maries High School                                                                                                                                                                                              424 Hells Gulch Road                                                                                                                                                                                                      St. Maries, ID 83861                                                                                                                                                                                tgilkey@sd41.org
  • Illinois (February 28)
    Jon Rowley
    433 Vine Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    jrowley@dist113.org
  • Indiana (January 10)
    Bruce Whitehead, CMAA
    Email: bwhitehead@niaaa.org
  • Iowa (January 30)
    Brent Cook, CMAA
    1800 Clarke Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    bcook@dbqschools.org
  • Kansas(February 28)
    Marc Haught, CAA
    3150 Wild Rose
    Wichita, KS 67205
    kiaaaemail@gmail.com
  • Kentucky (February 28)
    Charles Patton, CAA
    Ohio County High School
    1400 South Main
    Hartford, KY 42347
    charles.patton@ohio.kyschools.us
  • Louisiana (February 28)
    James Simmons, CAA
    Lafayette Parish School System
    PO Drawer 2158
    Lafayette, LA 70502
    jwsimmons@lpssonline.com
  • Maine (February 28)
    Martin E. Ryan, CMAA
    POB 676
    Wells, ME 04090
    mryan8@maine.rr.com
  • Maryland (February 23)
    Carol Satterwhite, CAA
    5467 Gloucester Road
    Columbia, MD 21044
    cmsatterwhite@verizon.net
  • Massachusetts (February 28)
    John Lynch, CAA
    Essex Technical High School
    565 Maple Street
    Hawthorne, MA 01937
    jlynch@essextech.net
  • Michigan (February 28)
    Deb VanKuiken, CMAA
    Holly High School
    6161 E Holly Road
    Holly, MI 48442
    devankuiken@gmail.com
  • Minnesota (February 28)
    Mike Beck, CAA
    780 Acorn Circle
    Monticello, MN 55362
    beckmb@live.com
  • Mississippi (February 28)
    Lonnie Tillman, CAA
    PO Box 127
    Clinton, MS 39060
    ltillman@misshsaa.com
  • Missouri (February 28)
    Jeff Taggart
    6005 Cedar Hill Road
    Cedar Hill, MO 63016
    jtaggart@northwestschools.net
  • Montana (February 28)
    Gary DeGooyer, CMAA
    1100 4th Street South
    Great Falls, MT 59403
    gary_degooyer@gfps.k12.mt.us
  • Nebraska (February 28)
    Mike Purdy, CAA
    808 Brenton Avenue
    Bellevue, NE 68005
    mpurdy9998@cox.net
  • Nevada (February 1)
    Xavier Antheaume, CAA
    Chaparral High School
    3850 Annie Oakley Drive
    Las Vegas, NV 89121
    xsa565@interact.ccsd.net
  • New Hampshire (January 20)
    Carol Dozibrin, CAA
    Winnacunnet High School
    1 Alumni Drive
    Hampton, NH 03842
    cdozibrin@winnacunnet.org
  • New Jersey (February 28)
    Robert Hopek, CAA
    1913 Maple Avenue
    Easton, PA 18040
    minnesotahopek1@yahoo.com
  • New Mexico (March 15)
    Lawrence Johnson, CAA
    1735 Monte Vista Corte
    Alamorgordo, NM 88310
    lejohnad@hotmail.com
  • New York (December 4)
    Dennis Fries, CMAA
    59 Timrod Drive
    Irondequoit, NY 14617
    dfries@sectionv.org
  • North Carolina (February 28)
    R. Fred McDaniel
    5434 Wade-Stedman Road
    Wade, NC 28395
    fred.mcdaniel@hotmail.com
  • North Dakota (February 28)
    Students must give their completed
    application to their school athletic director
  • Ohio (February 28)
    Bill Schumacher
    wschu22@me.com
  • Oklahoma (February 28)
    Ken Ellett, CAA
    2200 North 23rd Street
    Broken Arrow, OK 74012
    kellet@baschools.org
  • Oregon (February 22)
    Terry Hanson, CMAA
    Co-Executive Director
    1234 SE Ironwood Ln
    Gresham, OR 97080
    terrychanson@gmail.com
  • Pennsylvania (October 31)
    Holly Farnese, CAA
    Upper Darby High School
    601 North Lansdowne Avenue
    Upper Darby, PA 19026
    jaberwok54@comcast.net
  • Rhode Island (February 28)
    Allen Huestis, CAA
    29 Sterling Drive
    North Scituate, RI 02857
    ahuestis@cox.net
  • South Carolina (February 28)
    Myles Wilson
    Spartanburg High School
    500 Dupree Drive
    Spartanburg, SC 29302
    mwilson@spart7.org
  • South Dakota (February 28)
    Bill Clements, CAA
    Dakota Valley High School
    1150 Northshore Drive
    N Sioux City, SD 57049
    bill.clements@k12.sd.us
  • Tennessee (February 28)
    Randy Rogers, CAA
    Jefferson County High School
    115 W Dumplin Valley Rd
    Dandridge, TN 37725
    rrogers@jcboe.net
  • Texas (February 28)
    Brenda Marshall
    2805 Oso Drive
    Corpus Christi, TX 78415
    brenda.marshall@ccisd.us
  • Utah (January 31)
    Richard Barton, CMAA
    UIAAA
    199 E 7200 S
    Midvale, UT 84047
    richard.barton@seviersd.org
  • Vermont (October 15)
    Geri-Lynn Witalec, CAA
    75 Hunt Street
    Fairfax, VT 05403
    gwitalec@fwsu.org
  • Virginia (January 10)
    David Nelson, CMAA
    224 Cedar Road
    Poquoson, VA 23662
    ednelson10@cox.net
  • Washington (February 28)
    Erik Titus, CAA
    1600 20th Street
    Anacortes, WA 98221
    etitus@asd103.org
  • West Virginia (February 28)
    Harold Erwin, CAA
    106 Kapok Street
    Eleanor, WV 25070
    herwinwv@yahoo.com
  • Wisconsin (April 1)
    Greg Smith, CMAA
    PO Box 358
    Monroe, WI 53566
    gsmith.wada@gmail.com
  • Wyoming (February 28)
    Cliff Hill, CAA
    Campbell County SD
    1000 Camel Drive
    Gillette, WY 82716
    chill@ccsd.k12.wy.us

The University of South Dakota and the USD Foundation annually award more than $6 million in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Based on your grades, standardized test scores or your interest in pursuing a major in a particular field, you may be eligible for a Coyote Commitment Scholarship or some of the other scholarships and awards listed below:

Coyote Commitment Scholarship Program

All first-time freshmen students who apply for fall admission to USD are automatically considered for up to $3,500 per year. Coyote Commitment is available to recipients for up to four years as a full-time student and is based on GPA, standardized test scores and committee review. The Coyote Commitment may include a combination of funding from other scholarships or additional sources awarded to you. Although there is no deadline or separate application for this award, students should apply to South Dakota prior to April 1 for full consideration.

  • Get an estimate on what you might receive for a Coyote Commitment Scholarship using our Net Cost Calculator.

Applying for Scholarships

Students may apply for the following scholarships using the online academic scholarship application. The academic scholarship application is generally available in the fall of each year with a priority deadline of October 15 and the final deadline for submitting the application is December 1.

Academic Achievement Scholarships

Among the university's most prestigious awards, academic achievement scholarships are awarded based on academic success and/or your ACT or SAT scores.

  • Anna Sorensen Crowley-Lennox Scholarship

    Valued at $10,000 over four year ($2,500 per year), the Anna Sorensen Crowley-Lennox Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Lennox High School in South Dakota who exhibits excellence, citizenship and scholarship. Deadline Dec. 1.

  • Barnes & Noble Valedictorian Scholarship

    Valued at up to $500 (up to $250 per semester for the first two semesters), the Barnes & Noble Valedictorian Scholarship is presented to high school seniors who rank at the top of their graduating classes during the awarding period. Recipients must remain enrolled full-time on the Vermillion campus.

  • Charles & Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy Family Scholarship
    This scholarship awards $2,500 to an incoming first-year student from Kossuth County in Iowa who meets all USD admission criteria. Deadline Dec. 1.
  • Glenn E. & Barbara R. Ullyot Lakota Scholarship
    This premier scholarship recognizes American Indian high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic potential. The full Ullyot Scholarship is valued at up to $20,000 over a four-year period. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Partial, one-time scholarships also are available to American Indian students who demonstrate a commitment to academic learning. Deadline Dec. 1.
  • Presidential Alumni Scholarship
    Open to high school seniors with a 27 or higher ACT (1210 SAT), the scholarship awards up to $28,000 (up to $7,000 per year renewable for four years). Finalists for Presidential Alumni Scholarships are invited to interview. Deadline Dec. 1.
  • Rawlins Scholarship
    Awarded to the highest ranking senior at the following South Dakota high schools: Aberdeen Central and Roncalli; Brandon Valley; Brookings; Huron; Mitchell; Rapid City Central and Stevens; Sioux Falls Lincoln, O'Gorman, Roosevelt, and Washington; Vermillion; Watertown and Yankton. This award is valued at $10,000 over four year ($2,500 per year). Deadline Dec. 1.
  • Spearfish Area Scholarship
    This scholarship awards up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year, renewable for four years) to an incoming first-year student who is a graduate of Spearfish High School. The scholarship recipient must demonstrate financial need and possess a strong high school academic performance record. Deadline Dec. 1.

Transfer Students

  • University of South Dakota Transfer Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa and Transfer Students
    Awarded to select transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA or transfer students from two-year colleges who have earned membership into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and intend to pursue their first baccalaureate degree at the University of South Dakota. Students are eligible to apply when they initially transfer to The University of South Dakota. The scholarship provides up to $2,000 (up to $1,000 per year) award renewable for two years. Recipients must remain enrolled full-time on the Vermillion campus. Deadline April 1.

Field of Study Scholarships

Criteria for certain scholarships may include an interest in pursuing or majoring in a particular field of study. An additional application or supplemental materials may be required for some scholarships.

  • Al Neuharth Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism
    This premier scholarship is for exceptional journalists who plan to pursue a career in journalism. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be active in the USD student newspaper, The Volante, and meet all other criteria as specified by the award. The scholarship is valued at $5,000. A maximum of three scholarships are awarded annually and may be renewed. Deadline is Dec 1.
  • Beacom Family Business Scholarship
    Beacom Family Business Scholarship - Valued at $5,000 for one year. The Beacom Family Scholarship is a one-time award presented to talented freshman students who graduated from a South Dakota High School and plan to major in business field within the University of South Dakota's Beacom School of Business. Deadline is Dec 1.

  • Dorothy C. Schieffer Political Science Scholarship
    The Dorothy C. Schieffer Scholarship is awarded to full-time students who major or minor in political science. Preference is given to non-traditional students with clear financial need. Valued at up to the cost of full tuition, fees, books, room and board for up to four years of full-time study. At least one international travel or study abroad experience and a working internship or service opportunity may be included after consultation with faculty advisor and non-faculty mentor. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.7 grade point average each semester and must maintain a workload allowing for prompt graduation. Deadline is Dec. 1.
  • Nolop Institute Scholarship for Medical Biology
    This scholarship is awarded to a talented and ambitious student majoring in medical biology who wishes to participate in meaningful research with plans to attend medical school. Renewable for four years, this award is valued at the price of in-state tuition, fees, room, board and books for up to four years of full-time study. The recipient must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and complete 30 credit hours per year. Deadline is Dec. 1.
  • Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC)
    Qualified students are eligible for two-, three- and four-year on-campus full tuition scholarships, money for books and a non-taxed monthly stipend. Apply for ROTC scholarships through the Department of Military Science
  • Walter A. & Lucy Yoshiko Buhler Scholarship (Business/Fine Arts)
    Awarded to exceptional students enrolling in either the USD College of Fine Arts (even years) or the Beacom School of Business (odd years), the Buhler Scholarship provides funding equal to the cost of in-state tuition and fees for up to 15 credit hours per semester. This award may be renewed annually for four consecutive years provided the recipients maintain a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average, remain enrolled full time on the Vermillion campus and continue the pursuit of a degree in the Beacom School of Business or the College of Fine Arts in which they originally enrolled. Deadline is Dec. 1.

Early Admission Awards

Awarded to high-achieving students with professional school aspirations, USD's early admission awards grant conditional or provisional acceptance to either the USD School of Law or the Sanford School of Medicine – the only law and medical schools in the state of South Dakota.

  • USD School of Law Honor Scholar Program
    Open to high school seniors with an interest in law, a 27 or higher ACT (1210 SAT) and excellent grade point average. Recipients of the award earn provisional acceptance into the USD School of Law. Finalists for the Law School Honor Scholar Program are invited to interview. Visit the USD School of Law Honor Scholar Program page for additional information. Deadline Dec. 1.
  • Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Student Scholars Program

    Awarded to South Dakota high school seniors with an interest in medicine, 28 or higher ACT (1250 SAT) and excellent grades, recipients of the award earn conditional acceptance into the Sanford School of Medicine at USD. When completing the academic scholarships online application be sure to complete the additional questions for the Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Students Scholars Program. Visit the the Alumni Student Scholar Program website for additional information about the program. Finalists for the scholarship are asked to interview on campus. Deadline Dec. 1.

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships are awarded to students by the academic departments based on a separate application and supplemental materials (auditions for theatre and music and a portfolio for art).

Department of Art

Department of Music

Department of Theatre

Athletic Scholarships

Student athletic scholarships are awarded to varsity athletes by USD coaches in compliance with the policies and procedures of the university, the Summit League, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The amounts and number of awards may vary.

Department of Athletics

Additional Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities available through federal, state and other sources:

  • Hatterscheidt Scholarship (March 20 deadline)
    Awarded to current seniors graduating from South Dakota high schools, the Hatterscheidt Scholarship is a one-year award valued at $2,000.
  • Jump Start Scholarship (September 1 deadline) Available to South Dakota public high school students who graduate from high school in three years or fewer and enroll in an accredited college or university providing instruction from a campus located in South Dakota.
  • South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
  • John & Grace Dickson Scholarship (Deadlines: March 1 for freshmen)
    Awarded to graduates of Stickney, Plankinton or White Lake high schools.

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