Rule 24:40:13:02 Initial eligibility requirements.
24:40:13:02. Initial eligibility
requirements. In order to be eligible to receive a South Dakota
Opportunity Scholarship, a student must:
graduated from high school with a cumulative average grade of "B"
(3.0 on a 4.0 scale), or greater, for all work attempted and completed as
designated on the official high school transcript at the time of graduation;
a resident of South Dakota at the time of graduation from high school;
the test administered by the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) examination while in high school or the summer
following graduation from high school and before postsecondary enrollment;
a composite score on the ACT of at least 24 or an equivalent score on the SAT
as determined by the Board of Regents;
the required number of high school courses specified in § 13-55-31.1.
No course in
which a student received a final grade below a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0
scale) may be counted for purposes of this subdivision. If a student who
receives disqualifying grades in courses required under this subdivision
retakes those courses while in high school, the student may still qualify for
eligibility if the student has the required number of courses with grades of C
or above in each subcategory;
testing requirements as provided in this subdivision. Effective for those
students entering into postsecondary education for the first time on or after
August 2014, the curriculum requirements specified in subdivision (5) are not
required for any student who has received a composite score on the ACT of at
least 28 and meets the ACT college readiness benchmarks scores equaling or
exceeding 18 for English, 21 for Reading, 22 for Math, and 24 for Science;
a participating institution; and
into the scholarship program within five years of the date of graduation from
high school. A student who entered active military duty immediately after the
date of graduation from high school may qualify for the scholarship if the
student's release from military service occurs within five years from the
student's graduation and the student enters the scholarship program within one
year of the student's release from active military duty.
Source: 30 SDR 211, effective July 7, 2004;
35 SDR 187, effective February 12, 2009; 39 SDR 129, effective January 28,
General Authority: SDCL 13-55-36.
Law Implemented: SDCL 13-55-31, 13-55-31.1, 13-55-31.2.
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