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First District Development Company Scholarship
Meg English
Monday, January 13, 2020

First District Development Company, South Dakota’s small business finance partner, is pleased
to offer five - $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a post-secondary degree in a
business/finance related field.
Please print or type:
Name:__________________________________ SSN: ________________ Birth Date: __/__/__
Home Address:______________________________________ Phone #:___________________
Mailing Address (if different than home address):______________________________________
To be eligible for a First District Development Company scholarship, you must meet
all of the following criteria:
 Be a U.S. citizen
 Be a high school senior attending a South Dakota High School
 Be accepted into a business/finance program at an accredited, post-secondary
institution in South Dakota
 Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater, calculated on a 4.0 grading
scale
 Submit an application (with documentation) by March 31, 2020. Required
documentation is listed below
All applications must be sent to:
First District Development Company
Attn: Paula Hulscher
PO Box 1207
Watertown, SD 57201
For more information about the First District Development Company scholarship program,
please call 605-882-5115.
Application Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2020
Terms and Conditions:
All eligibility requirements must be met. Scholarships may not be used for any purpose other
than tuition. Recipients agree to have their names released to the media. Scholarship applicants
will be notified by mail of scholarship decisions and scholarship payment process.
Signature:____________________________________________ Date:____________________
YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE EVALUATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
1. Essay
In 500 words or less, describe why you should be considered for a First District Development
Company scholarship, reasons for choosing a business-related field, and your career goals. The
essay should be typewritten/computer-generated on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet.
2. Activities
Being involved and helping others within South Dakota is a priority at First District Development
Company. To illustrate your contributions to your community, please include a summary of your
school, extracurricular, civic, religious, volunteer work, work experience, and special interest
activities. Please also indicate any leadership positions held. The summary should be
typewritten/computer-generated on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet(s).
3. Character
Please attach two personal recommendations from unrelated third parties. Give specific
examples regarding character, dependability, involvement and other distinguishing
characteristics of the applicant. Recommendations must be typewritten/computer-generated on
an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet.
4. Academic
Please include an official transcript, including your cumulative GPA, from the last semester.
Also, include proof of acceptance into a business/finance program at an accredited, postsecondary institution in South Dakota.