The Engebretson Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2006 by the family of the late David J. Engebretson. David J. Engebretson, a native of South Dakota, was a prominent business man who always held children close at heart. Mr. Engebretson had a dream, a dream to "Always Give Back." He supported many organizations and hospitals through donations, always focusing on the needs of a child. The Engebretson Foundation is based on this dream and founded to carry on the dream.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are recognized for their academic achievements and leadership ability.

The amount of this scholarship will be $5,000.00 per semester to be used for tuition, room and board, and/or fees. If needed, the amount may be adjusted, case by case, at the discretion of the foundation's executive director. The person receiving the scholarship will have the opportunity to reapply each year.


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Our Recipients Say it Best
  • Thank you so much. This is so crazy and I'm so grateful for this wonderful gift and opportunity to follow my dreams. To you and everyone at the foundation, thank you for giving me the ability to go and chase my passions.–Gena Cody

  • The Engebretson Foundation Scholarship has already helped me in so many ways. It has allowed me to attend Doane College and be involved in meaningful activities.–Lauren Schmidt

  • I cannot express how grateful I am to have this financial support for tuition, books, and room and board as I continue my education, and I will never cease to express this appreciation. It truly means the world to me.–Karli Sandin

  • Because of this scholarship and your generosity, our dream for a better life for our daughter will come true. Your gift allowed both Kayla and us to concentrate on her studies instead of worry about her tuition or loans. We cannot express how grateful we are to all of you. We will be forever indebted to your family, and assure you that Kayla will use her gifts to promote David's messge of promoting the education and care of children.–Ken & Deb Smith