The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has established the Hardrocker Heritage Award to offer in-state tuition and fees to highly qualified, first-time, full-time nonresident freshmen who have at least one parent or legal guardian who earned a degree from SD Mines. It is designed to attract exceptional students to South Dakota in areas of critical need, this award recognizes that children of alumni have a stronger connection to the region and are a priority for the state to support.
"South Dakota needs more well-prepared engineers and scientists," said Heather Wilson, president of SD Mines. "We are encouraging students to come back to South Dakota who have a connection to South Dakota."
With a 98 percent placement rate and average early-career salaries of $65,500, SD Mines is already a valuable investment for out-of-state students. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the University topped the list of "Best Public Universities for Returns on Investment" and has been ranked one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for 17 consecutive years - the only university in South Dakota to be recognized in 2014.
Now, with the Hardrocker Heritage Award, equivalent to approximately $3,000 a year for the average student in 2014-15, nonresident students with a connection to South Dakota have even greater incentive to attend the university.
Eligible students must also meet all admission criteria, have a minimum 25 ACT Composite or 1130 SAT Composite and a minimum 25 ACT Math Sub-Score or 570 SAT Math Sub-Score. The tuition reduction can be retained for up to four years of education, excluding approved education absences, such as co-ops and study abroad. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of each academic year, including any summer courses, as well as complete a minimum of 24 credits annually. Currently enrolled students will not be eligible for the program.