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February 16, 2015 10:28 AM

Build Dakota Scholarship Applications Available Starting Tomorrow

Pierre, SD

The Build Dakota Scholarship board has announced the eight areas that will offer scholarships in 54 programs at South Dakota's four tech schools.  

Scholarship applications will be available Tuesday, Feb. 17. The scholarships are available for new, incoming students in the 2015-16 school year.  300 scholarships will be awarded in the first year.

The Build Dakota Scholarship will cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related program expenses. Scholarship recipients must commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.

The Build Dakota Scholarship program is funded with a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million grant from the South Dakota Future Fund.

Build Dakota is concentrated on high-need workforce programs and aims to ease the worker shortage in the state. The areas of study included are:

  • Automotive
  • Building Trades/Construction
  • Energy Technicians
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (select programs)
  • Medical Lab Technicians
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Welding


  • Business
  • Education Funding

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