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Incoming Student Scholarships
The Incoming Student Scholarship Application period will open February 1, 2015.

The Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation offers endowed scholarships customarily ranging from $500 to $1,000 for incoming MTI students and current MTI students on an annual basis. In addition, the Foundation board and staff work with a number of individuals, financial institutions, businesses, community groups and associations that make direct grants to MTI students. These additional grants are awarded in conjunction with various technical programs at MTI or locally based organizations and often require specific criteria for eligibility.

Note: MTI Legacy Scholarship is the one exception to completing one application. It requires completing a separate online application. Click here to apply for the MTI Legacy Scholarship.
 
The following incoming student scholarships are typically available each school year through the MTI Foundation Office.

David Grode Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship Sponsor: David Grode Memorial Scholarship
$500 (1 Available)
Detail:

David Grode was the Superintendent of Schools at Plankinton, SD.  He was killed in the propane explosion that destroyed the school on November 17, 2000.  In memorial to him, his family has established this scholarship to aid in training Propane & Natural Gas Technology students.  David was also an avid woodworker, therefore his family requests that ADBC students be given the opportunity to apply for this scholarship as well.

The scholarship will be awarded August 1 to an accepted, incoming students who meets the listed criteria.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must  be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTI in Propane & Natural Gas Technologies or Architectural Design and Building Construction
  • Applicants must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between February 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship 
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Architectural Design and Building Construction, Propane & Natural Gas Technologies
Gary Plagmann Memorial Scholarship
$500 (1 Available)

Details:

The Gary Plagmann Memorial Scholarship was established by his family in 2011.  Gary was involved in the Telecommunications Industry in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota for nearly 40 years and participated in many rural telephone company upgrades during his career.  The scholarship will be awarded August 1 to an accepted, incoming student who meets the listed criteria.  The funds will be applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester.

 

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time  student enrolled at MTI in the Telecom Program 
  • Applicant must be a resident of South Dakota
  • Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application  and provide an online reference between February 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Telecommunications
Gordon and Ethel Bainbridge Family Scholarship
Scholarship Sponsor: Gordon and Ethel Bainbridge Family Scholarship
$500 (1 Available)
Details

The Gordon and Ethel Bainbridge family has been long-time supporters of MTI and the Ag Technology program.

The scholarship will be awarded August 1 to an accepted, incoming student who meets the listed criteria.  The funds will be applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTI in the Agricultural Technology program
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application  and provide an online reference between February 1 and  June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship
  • Scholarship based on GPA, financial need and personal merit
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Agricultural Technology
Harv and Peggy Kelley Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship Sponsor: Harv and Peggy Kelley Endowed Scholarship
$750 (1 Available)
Details:

Harv Kelley had a life-long career in the Telecommunications industry and wished to provide funding for student's tools with this scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded August 1 each year to an accepted, incoming student who meets the listed criteria. The funds will be applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must currently be an accepted full-time student enrolled in the Telecommunications or Satellite Communications program
  • Applicant must be a resident of a community within a 50-mile radius of Mitchell.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form)
  • Applicant must maintain 3.0 or higher GPA 
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between Feb. 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship 
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Satellite Communications, Telecommunications
Home Builders of the Sioux Empire Scholarships
Scholarship Sponsor: Home Builders of the Sioux Empire Scholarships
$500 each (4 Available)

Details:

Home Builders of the Sioux Empire has been offering scholarships to MTI Architectural Design and Building Construction students since 2003.   

The scholarships will be applied to the recipient's accounts in September.

The recipients of these scholarships will be selected by a committee comprised of ADBC instructors and MTI staff.

Criteria:

  • Two scholarships will be awarded by August 1 to accepted incoming students in the Architectural Design and Building Construction program who meet the listed criteria,  have completed the MTI incoming student online application and provided an online reference between February 1 and June 30.  
  • Two scholarships will be issued in September to students currently enrolled as full-time second year Architectural and Building Construction students. Students must complete the online application in the spring of their first year as instructed to be eligible for these scholarships
  • Scholarship recipients must be members of the NAHB in order to receive the scholarships
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Jeffrey L. and Trudiann Nelson Rural Electric Endowment
$1000 (1 Available)
Details:  The Jeffrey L. and Trudiann Nelson Rural Electric Endowment was established in December of 2013 in celebration of Jeff's retirement from East River Electric.   Several of Jeff's counterparts in the industry, East River Electric, and Jeff's family came together to complete the endowment on behalf of Jeff and his wife Trudiann in honor of Jeff's commitment to Mitchell Technical Institute and the
industry he served.  Nelson has offered his support of MTI through his involvement in MTI's Strategic Advisory Committee, program
Advisory boards and most recently as a member of MTI's Foundation Board.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled in the Information Systems Technology or Accounting/Business Management programs
  • Applicants must complete the MTI incoming student online application between February 1 and June 30 each year to be eligible for this scholarship.
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Accounting / Business Management / Promotions & Sales, Information Systems Technology
MTI Legacy Scholarship
Up to $1000 each
Detail:

This scholarship was established by MTI in 2012.  The scholarships will be awarded to any students attending MTI who have a parent, step-parent, grandparent or sibling who has graduated from MTI. 

Criteria:
  • Applicant will be awarded $500 upon verification of family member graduation at MTI
  • Completion of the first year of a two year program with a 2.5 GPA or higher will renew the award for another $500 for the student's second year
  • Application for the MTI Legacy Scholarship should be completed through the Admissions Office at MTI

Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
All Programs
MTI Staff Scholarships for Freshmen
Scholarship Sponsor: MTI Staff Scholarships for Freshmen
$500 each (15 Available)
Details:

These scholarships are provided to full-time incoming students enrolled at MTI.  The funding for this scholarship is provided by the contributions to the MTI Foundation by the staff and faculty of Mitchell Technical Institute.  Recipients will be notified of awards mid-April.  All awards will be credited to student accounts for the Fall semester.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between February 1 and March 31 to be eligible for the scholarship
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form)
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
All Programs
MTI Star Scholarship
Scholarship Sponsor: MTI Star Scholarship
$1000 each
The MTI Star Scholarship is a program for those who excel academically.  If you are accepted into an MTI program, have an ACT score of 24 or higher and a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you will automatically be awarded a Star Scholarship.  Choose to enroll in one of MTI's spotlight programs, keep your grades up, and earn another $1,000 for your second year.  (MTI cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for renewal.)

Spotlight Programs:
  • Automation Controls/SCADA
  • Electrical Construction & Maintenance
  • Heating & Cooling Technology Information Systems Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Precision Technology Specialist
Download the details here or ask your Admissions representative.
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
All Programs
Myrtle Smith Memorial Scholarship for Women
$500 (1 Available)
Detail:

The Myrtle Smith Memorial is funded by a donation from the family and was established for female students in the Secretarial programs.  It will now provide scholarships for female students in the Accounting & Business Management, Online Small Business Management, Office Technology Specialist, and Online Administrative Office Specialist programs.  The scholarship will be awarded August 1 to an accepted, incoming student who meets the listed criteria. The funds will be applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester. 

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be an accepted female student enrolled full-time at MTI in the Accounting & Business Management, Office Technology Specialist, Online Small Business Management and Online Administrative Office Specialist programs.
  • Award will be based on GPA, essay responses and financial need.
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between February 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship.
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Accounting / Business Management / Promotions & Sales, Online Administrative Office Specialist, Online Small Business Management
OtterTail Power Company Scholarships
Varies
Details:

OtterTail Power Company has been a excellent industry partner and not only provides MTI with scholarship support but provides valuable information and guidance for our programs.  

A portion of the scholarships will be awarded August 1 to accepted, incoming students who meet the listed criteria, have completed the MTI incoming student online application and provided an online reference between February 1 and June 30.  The funds will be applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester.  Scholarship funds available for 2014 include 2 at $1000 for EUST, 2 at $500 for SCADA, 2 at $500 for Power Line,  2 at  $500 for WTT, and 2 at $500 for ECM.

Additional scholarships will be awarded early January each year for Power Line and EUST current student recipients and applied to their account the Spring semester, or mid-March each year for ECM, WTT (two-year) and SCADA recipients and applied to their accounts the following Fall semester.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in Power Line, EUST, ECM, WTT (2 year), EUST and SCADA programs
  • Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Applicant must complete the appropriate  MTI online application form during the open application period and provide an online reference if requested to be eligible for this scholarship
  • First consideration for scholarship awards will be given to applicants whose hometowns are included in the OtterTail Power Company service area
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form)
Paulson Family Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship Sponsor: Paulson Family Endowed Scholarship
$500 (2 Available)
Details:  The Paulson Family Endowment was established in 2012.  Long-time former Paulson Sheet Metal owners Chuck and Lois Paulson and their son Scott, present owner of Paulson Air, established the endowment to support recruitment scholarships for students enrolled in the Heating and Cooling Technology program.  The scholarships will be awarded mid-July to accepted, incoming students who meet the listed criteria.  The awards will be announced August 1 and funds applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTI in the Heating and Cooling Technology program
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between Feb. 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Heating & Cooling Technology
Randy Herr Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship Sponsor: Randy Herr Memorial Scholarship
$700 (1 Available)
Details:

The scholarship was established in memory of MTI Power Line alumnus Randy Herr. The scholarship will be awarded August 1 to an accepted, incoming student who meets the listed criteria. The funds will be applied to the recipient's account for the Fall semester. 

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled in the MTI Power Line Construction and Maintenance program 
  • Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form)
  • Applicant must be South Dakota resident
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between February 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship
Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
South Dakota Cable Television Association Scholarship
$500 (2 Available)

Details:

The S.D. Cable Television established the scholarship in 2012.  The scholarships will be awarded August 1 to accepted incoming students who meet the listed criteria.  The funds will be applied to recipient's account the following Fall semester.

Criteria:

  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled  at MTI in the Telecommunications program

  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between February 1 and June 30 to be eligible for this scholarship
  • Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above

    Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form)

Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Telecommunications
Tessier's Endowed Scholarships - Incoming Students
Scholarship Sponsor: Tessier's Endowed Scholarships - Incoming Students
$500 (2 Available)
Details: 

The Tessier's Endowment was established in 2007 by the Tessier Family Foundation, Tessier's, Inc., Mark Buche and Gopal Vyas.   The purpose of the endowment is to provide scholarship funds to Heating and Cooling Technology students.

This scholarship will be awarded August 1 to accepted incoming students who meet the criteria and the funds will be applied to the recipient's account the Fall semester.

Criteria:
  • Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled in the Heating and Cooling Technology program.
  • Applicant must complete the MTI incoming student online application and provide an online reference between Feb. 1 and June 30 to be eligible for the scholarship.

Program Eligibility (scholarships are only available for the following programs)
Heating & Cooling Technology

Contact the MTI Foundation
For more information on scholarships, contact the MTI Foundation office.contact:

Heather Lentz
Executive Director
(888) 643-2688
(605) 995-7227

Sheryl Plagmann
Alumni & Donor Relations
(888) 643-2688
(605) 995-7119