Scholarships

Sonoran Desert Institute

We are proud to offer scholarship opportunities to exemplary students who qualify.

Scholarships

We have always appreciated the hard work of our students, and are honored when driven, exemplary individuals choose to attend SDI. We now have two scholarship opportunities to award the excellence of a few chosen incoming students each year. Please read below to find out if you’re eligible for these scholarships, and how to apply for each.

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SGT Michael Beckerman Memorial Scholarship

SGT Michael Joe Beckerman was 17½ when he enlisted into the National Guard. SGT Beckerman served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While serving his country on these deployments, SGT Beckerman enrolled in Sonoran Desert Institute and worked toward continuing his education. On 31 December 2010, he made the ultimate sacrifice: SGT Beckerman was killed in action (KIA) in Howz-e Madad. He is survived by his daughter, Brianna. In memoriam of our student’s great sacrifice, the Sonoran Desert Institute is proud to present the SGT Michael Beckerman Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship provides full tuition and fees each semester to two recipients annually, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Initial Eligibility Requirements: The SGT Michael Beckerman Memorial Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Associate of Science and Firearms Technology degree program. All applying candidates must:
  1. Currently be serving in the armed forces or be a veteran of military service.
  2. Be in good standing with his/her current branch of service or have received an “Honorable Discharge.”
  3. Provide a DD214, or other documentation verifying military service.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions.
  5. Submit a regular SDI application for enrollment, with all relevant supporting documentation.
  6. Provide a letter of recommendation sent directly to the school by the individual providing the recommendation. This letter may come from the commander for members of the military service or from any non-family member for applicants that are post-military.
  7. Begin studies at SDI within six months following the award of the scholarship.
Continuing Eligibility: The SGT Michael Beckerman Memorial Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. All applying candidates must:
  1. Meet SDI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and be free of any financial holds on their accounts
  2. Be continuously enrolled to retain scholarship eligibility
Application: Applicants must complete the SGT Michael Beckerman Memorial Scholarship application in its entirety, including essay, by the deadline dates described below. Remit any supplemental documentation to scholarships@sdi.edu.

Deadline: To be considered for the award, SDI must be in receipt of all application documentation as noted above by the following deadlines:
  • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on December 1 for the spring award
  • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on June 1 for the fall award
Evaluation Process: Applications will be reviewed by a Scholarship Committee. The selected recipient will be identified based on a combination of factors, including:
  • Essay Score
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email approximately 30 days after the scholarship application deadline. The chosen recipient must respond within 30 days indicating the intent to accept the scholarship. Should the recipient opt out or fail to respond within 30 days, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest qualifying applicant.
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Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship

Paul Jackson served in Bravo Co, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment during WWII. As a paratrooper, Mr. Jackson made the jump into Normandy during Operation Overlord, the jump into Holland during Operation Market Garden, and was wounded on 12 January 1945 in Bastogne, Belgium. In honor of Mr. Jackson’s sacrifice, SDI is proud to present the semi-annual Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship. The annual scholarship provides full tuition and fees each semester to two recipients, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Initial Eligibility Requirements: The Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. All applicants must:
  1. Currently be serving in, or be retired from, the armed forces
  2. Currently be serving in, or be retired from, law enforcement
  3. Currently be serving as or be a retired firefighter; or currently be serving as or be a retired emergency medical technician.
  4. Be in good standing or have received an honorable release from their branch of service or field.
  5. Provide documentation verifying service.
  6. Submit a DD214 if post-military service.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to, and passion for, the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions.
  8. Submit a regular SDI application for enrollment, with all relevant supporting documentation.
  9. Provide a letter of recommendation sent directly to the school by the individual providing the recommendation. The letter may come from a commander or director if still serving or from a non-family member for retired applicants.
  10. Begin studies at SDI within six months following the award of the scholarship.
Continuing Eligibility: The Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. All applying candidates must:
  1. Meet SDI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and be free of any financial holds on their accounts
  2. Be continuously enrolled to retain scholarship eligibility.
Application: Applicants must complete the Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship application in its entirety, including essay, by the deadline dates described below. Remit any supplemental documents to scholarships@sdi.edu.


Deadline: To be considered for the award, SDI must be in receipt of all application documentation as noted above by the following deadlines:
  • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on December 1 for the spring award
  • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on June 1 for the fall award
Evaluation Process: Applicants will be reviewed by a Scholarship Committee. The selected recipient will be identified based on a combination of factors, including:
  • Essay Score
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email approximately 30 days after the scholarship deadline. The chosen recipient must respond within the next 30 days indicating the intent to accept the scholarship. Should the recipient opt out or fail to respond within 30 days, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest qualifying applicant.

SDI/EANGUS Scholarship

SDI is proud to partner with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States to offer the SDI/EANGUS Scholarship. The scholarship provides full tuition and fees each semester for the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program to one recipient annually.

Initial Eligibility Requirements: The SDI/EANGUS Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program. All applicants must meet the following criteria: Recipient must be member of EANGUS or
  • Spouse of an EANGUS member, or
  • Unmarried son or daughter of EANGUS member, or
  • Unmarried spouse or unmarried dependent son or daughter of a deceased EANGUS member who was in good standing at the time of their death
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions
  • Applicants must meet Sonoran Desert Institute’s minimum admissions requirements
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from the commander or any non-family member for applicants that are post-military
  • Scholarship recipient must begin studies at SDI within 6 months of being awarded the scholarship
  • The Scholarship is only valid in the name of the original recipient. It cannot be transferred.
Continuing Eligibility:
  • Recipients must meet SDI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and be free of any financial holds on their accounts.
  • Recipients must be continuously enrolled to retain scholarship eligibility.
Application: Applicants must complete the SDI/EANGUS application in its entirety, including essay, by the deadline dates described below. Remit any supplemental documents to scholarships@sdi.edu.

Deadline: To be considered for the award, SDI must be in receipt of all application documentation as noted above by the following deadline:
  • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on May 15th
Evaluation Process: There will be no consideration given whatsoever because of friendship, rank or grade of the applicant, applicant’s parents or applicant’s spouse. Neither shall the applicant’s geographical place of residence be considered. Awards will be made on basis of scholarship, character, leadership and need. SDI does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email approximately 15 days after the scholarship deadline. The chosen recipient must respond within the next 30 days indicating the intent to accept the scholarship. Should the recipient opt out or fail to respond within 30 days, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest qualifying applicant.
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