Alumni Student Scholars Program at USD for SD High School Seniors

A Medical School Early Admission Program for High School Seniors

Each year, the Sanford School of Medicine Alumni Relations Council sponsors the Alumni Student Scholars Program (ASSP) at the University of South Dakota.  This program has been in existence since 1992.

The Alumni Student Scholars Program selects Scholars who are currently in their senior year of high school in South Dakota.  ASSP scholars must receive their college education at the University of South Dakota.  These seniors should have the interest, personal characteristics and desire to become physicians, especially in primary care medicine, and have an interest in practicing in South Dakota.  Importantly, ASSP has also been integrated within the USD Honors Program, which offers an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.

One extraordinary benefit of ASSP is that Scholars are conditionally accepted into the USD Sanford School of Medicine, providing that the Scholar completes the ASSP and academic requirements.  The MCAT examination is encouraged but is not required.  In addition, ASSP scholars engage in a six-week, summer, clinical preceptorship in a primary care setting, and scholarship funds are available to help meet some of the ASSP Scholars medical school expenses.

ASSP is a selective program with up to 4 ASSP Scholars selected each year.  Interested South Dakota high school seniors must have a minimum ACT score of 28 and must apply via the USD Scholarship application process as noted on the Scholarships page of the USD website    Additional information is also available at:

Please direct questions to the ASSP Director, Dr. Gerald Yutrzenka, at or at (605) 677-5156.