If you are a South Dakota student planning on entering a retail-related career, you can apply for the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) Jerry Wheeler Scholarship Program. You must be enrolled in a retail-related course of study at a South Dakota college, university or technical school, and you must have graduated from a high school in the state. The funds and the number of scholarships awarded has varied from year to year. In the 2013-2014 school year, 13 scholarships were given out ranging from $550-$1,000.
It does not matter what your major is so long as it is connected to retail (marketing, advertising or PR would be good examples). To apply, fill out the application form, and submit it along with your transcript and two letters of reference, one of which must be from someone who currently owns or manages a business. You will also need to either type up an essay or film a YouTube video which explains your goals, challenges and accomplishments. The annual deadline for your application is April 11th. Because candidates must be from the state of South Dakota, the pool is limited and you have a good chance of winning the award. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!