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Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2017-2018 School Year

  • 09/05/2017

PIERRE, S.D. –The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 285 recipients of Build Dakota scholarships for the 2017-18 School Year.

The scholarships cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related programs expenses for eligible programs within eight high-need industry areas at South Dakota’s four technical institutes. Recipients were selected from a total of 1,028 applications.

"The Build Dakota Scholarship is one way we are addressing our state's workforce needs," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. "These students will help us fill employment gaps, and they'll be able to graduate and enter high-need fields debt free."

The Build Dakota Scholarship program was announced in late 2014. The scholarship is funded by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and $25 million in future funds committed by Gov. Daugaard.

Build Dakota aims to support students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical career fields with skilled professionals. The $50 million provides approximately 300 full scholarships annually in each of the first five years of the scholarship program. From 2020 on, an endowment will continue to award approximately 50 scholarships per year.

In-state and out-of-state students are eligible to apply. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into their program of interest. Recipients of the scholarship must enroll full-time and complete their educational program on schedule. Scholarship recipients commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year open in January 2018. Find more information at www.builddakotascholarships.com.

View the full list of scholarship recipients.