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South Dakota (/- dəˈkoʊtə/ (listen)) is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who compose a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 183,200, is South Dakota's largest city.

South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota (to the north), Minnesota (to the east), Iowa (to the southeast), Nebraska (to the south), Wyoming (to the west), and Montana (to the northwest). The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as "East River" and "West River".

Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state's population, and the area's fertile soil is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. Most of the Native American reservations are in West River. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains sacred to the Sioux, are in the southwest part of the state. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination, is there. South Dakota has a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and precipitation ranging from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west. The state's ecology features species typical of a North American grassland biome.

Humans have inhabited the area for several millennia, with the Sioux becoming dominant by the early 19th century. In the late 19th century, European-American settlement intensified after a gold rush in the Black Hills and the construction of railroads from the east. Encroaching miners and settlers triggered a number of Indian wars, ending with the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Key events in the 20th century included the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, increased federal spending during the 1940s and 1950s for agriculture and defense, and an industrialization of agriculture that has reduced family farming.

While several Democratic senators have represented South Dakota for multiple terms at the federal level, the state government is largely controlled by the Republican Party, whose nominees have carried South Dakota in each of the last 13 presidential elections. Historically dominated by an agricultural economy and a rural lifestyle, South Dakota has recently sought to diversify its economy in areas to attract and retain residents. South Dakota's history and rural character still strongly influence the state's culture.

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South Dakota College Scholarships

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Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship

American Ground Water Trust

$2,000 June 01, 2019 See Details

Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship

American Ground Water Trust

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$2,000

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June 01, 2019
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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

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Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

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Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

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Matching South Dakota Colleges

South Dakota State University
Four or more years; Public; $10,439 average out-state tuition; $7,191 average in-state tuition
University of South Dakota
Four or more years; Public; $10,438 average out-state tuition; $7,191 average in-state tuition
Augustana University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $31,450 average out-state tuition; $31,450 average in-state tuition
Black Hills State University
Four or more years; Public; $10,514 average out-state tuition; $7,514 average in-state tuition
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Four or more years; Public; $11,560 average out-state tuition; $7,380 average in-state tuition
Dakota State University
Four or more years; Public; $10,121 average out-state tuition; $7,191 average in-state tuition
Northern State University
Four or more years; Public; $10,121 average out-state tuition; $7,191 average in-state tuition