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Investing in the students and servant leaders of tomorrow. Apply for your scholarship.

We're Banking on You

Pursuing a higher education moves you closer to your dreams. Now is the time to make your dream a reality. First Dakota is here to help by awarding up to $20,000 in scholarships for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

If you’re a high school senior or college student, you could be eligible* for a scholarship of up to $5,000 from First Dakota. Please follow eligibility requirements below and turn in your application soon!

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  • Student must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident.
  • Student must be a high school senior or currently attending a post-secondary accredited American college, vocational technical school, or university.
  • Student must plan to attend an accredited post-high school college, university, vocational technical school, community college or junior college on a full-time basis.
  • Student must provide confirmation of enrollment. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the school.
  • Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • At the time of application, student must have a First Dakota checking account and demonstrate satisfactory account maintenance.
  • If you would like to apply for the First Dakota student scholarship and do not currently have an account, stop by any First Dakota location and open one today. You will enjoy the benefits!

A point system based on the following information will be used to score the applications. See the reverse side for detailed information.

  1. Leadership and Community Service
  2. Essay
  3. Scholastic Acheivement
  4. Financial Responsibility
  5. Photo

March 10, 2021
Applications must be postmarked by March 10, 2021 and mailed to: First Dakota National Bank, c/o Marketing Department, PO Box 156, Yankton, SD 57078

April 16, 2021
First Dakota Scholarship winners will be notified.

May 2021
Announcement of winners will appear in local papers

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*Applicant must have a First Dakota checking account to qualify.