Our Story

Since the inception of Shakopee Dollars for Scholars in 1979, the amount of money awarded and the number of student recipients has increased dramatically. In our first year, we awarded $2,800 to 13 students. Today, approximately 125 students receive in excess of $130,000 each year. Cumulatively, we have awarded over $1.515 million to 3,072 students during our existence. We believe it is better to award many moderate-sized scholarships rather than only a few large ones.

  • In 2023, $138,000 was awarded to 124 students including three 2022 students who earned $5,000 renewable scholarships.
  • SDFS is a local chapter of Scholarship America┬« a national organization.
  • Consists entirely of volunteers.
  • A non-profit organization.

Our Objective

The objective of the Chapter shall be to raise money from the residents of the Independent School District #720 (Shakopee) for the purpose of awarding scholarships to assist students residing in the Chapter Area or graduating from Shakopee High School to obtain education beyond secondary or high school level.  Such scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of the needs and relative merits of the applicants without regard to their race, color, creed or sex and in accordance with the by-laws, rules and procedures of our national organization, Scholarship America.