Scholarship Application Process

Kids’ Chance of South Dakota provides college scholarships to the children of South Dakota workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace-related accident. KCSD awards as many scholarships as the current year’s funding will allow.

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Who is eligible for a scholarship?
  • Must be between the ages of 16 – 25 years old
  • Must (a) be a graduating high school student in good standing, (b) currently possess a high school diploma or GED, or (c) be currently enrolled and in good standing at a post-secondary institution or trade school.
  • Dependent of a parent who suffered either an on the job fatality or injuries that have had a significant adverse effect on family income.
  • Proceeds can only be used for tuition, fees or room and board at a vocational/technical school, junior college, undergraduate or graduate programs. Proceeds will be paid directly to the institution.
  • Prior to award of the scholarship, applicant must demonstrate that they meet the minimum criteria for acceptance to the institution to which they have applied. This can be accomplished by either submitting the formal acceptance letter from the institution, or providing documentation (transcripts, tests scores) meeting the institution’s minimum admission criteria.
  • Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds and may be renewed
What documents are required?
  • Completed Application
  • Two letters of recommendation from someone other than a relative
  • Narrative (2 page maximum) describing parent’s work-related accident, its personal/economic impact on you and your family, and why the scholarship will help you attain your educational goals.
  • Copy of First Report of Injury
  • Copy of completed FAFSA
  • If possible: Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA processing center; Financial Aid Award letter and Student Account Statement from educational institution.