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. SDI Beckman Email Banner

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, Afghanistan. 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:
  • Currently be serving in the armed forces or be a veteran of military service.
  • Be in good standing with his/her current branch of service or have received an “Honorable Discharge.”
  • Provide a DD214, or other documentation verifying military service.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions.
  • Submit a regular SDI application for enrollment, with all relevant supporting documentation.
  • 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.
  • Provide military documentation of service; DD214 if post-military service.
  • 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:
  • Meet SDI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and be free of any financial holds on their accounts
  • 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. Click HERE to complete the application. Remit any supplemental documentation to scholarships@sdi.edu. Essay: Applicants must provide answers to the following two essay questions (maximum 500 words per essay). The document should clearly specify each answer by number. Essays will be scored based on quality, content, organization, and proper formatting, grammar, and spelling. 1. What sparked your interest in the gunsmithing field? What do you hope to accomplish with your training and certification? 2. Give two examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. The examples given need not have been demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the people around you. 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 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 Jackson Email Banner

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.
Learn About Mr. Jackson’s Life and Service In ‘From Beekeeper to Bastogne’
Paul Jackson is one of the only people alive today who can recall these events and is an integral part of our nation’s history. SDI is proud to honor him and his incredible service through this scholarships.    
 
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:
  • Currently be serving in or be retired from the armed forces; currently be serving in or be retired from law enforcement; currently be serving as or be a retired firefighter; or currently be serving as or be a retired emergency medical technician.
  • Be in good standing or have received an honorable release from their branch of service or field.
  • Provide documentation verifying service.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions.
  • 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.
  • Submit a DD214 if post-military service.
  • Begin studies at SDI within six months following the award of the scholarship.
  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 Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship application in its entirety, including essay, by the deadline dates described below. Click HERE to complete the application. Remit any supplemental documents to scholarships@sdi.edu. Essay: Applicants must provide answers to the following two essay questions (maximum 500 words per essay). The document should clearly specify each answer by number. Essays will be scored on quality, content, organization, and proper formatting, grammar, and spelling.
  • 1. When asked how he made it through WWII as a paratrooper, Mr. Jackson always responds, “With sheer determination.” In your own words, define the term “determination” and what that means to you. Give an example of how determination played a role in your overcoming an obstacle in both your professional and personal life. Think broadly and examine the many ways your determination may affect the people around you.
  • 2. What sparked your interest in the firearms technology field? What do you hope to accomplish with your training and certification?
  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 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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