User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


60° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

More Students Take Advantage Of Scholarship

October 18, 2010, 5:05 PM by Katie Janssen

More Students Take Advantage Of Scholarship
SIOUX FALLS, SD - More KELOLAND students are taking advantage of the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, in which students can earn $5,000 for college.  Participation is up more than 40 percent from when the program started just six years ago.

University of Sioux Falls sophomore Sarah Kohler may have a partial volleyball scholarship, but she's still worried about the cost of college.

"My parents help me out a little, but I'm taking out loans that I'll have to pay back," Kohler said.

While she was in high school, Kohler worked hard to be eligible for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, which gives $1,000 a year for three years and $2,000 the fourth year.  That is $5,000 total that Kohler won't have to pay back.

"Really, it's an incentive to get good grades,” Kohler said. “I get it, get good grades and get money for it."

Statewide, nearly 1,200 incoming freshmen earned the scholarship this year; a record number. Financial Aid Director Laura Olson says 33 USF students are participating, accounting for $165,000 in free tuition money.

"Considering our size and the number of new students we get, we're very pleased with those numbers,” Olson said. “It's grown exponentially since it started."

Olson says it's a program that statewide, administrators have asked for. In fact, she'd like to see the dollar amount go even higher.

"It's stayed the same over these years and I think with tuition going up at every school, to leave the dollar amount stagnant as they have, it'd be good for them to look at," Olson said.

Like many students, Kohler is just thankful the program exists. The $1,000 she’ll receive this year is already a huge help.

"One-thousand dollars more in money I won't have to pay or take out for loans," Kohler said.

To qualify, students must earn a 3.0 G.P.A. during high school, receive a 24 on their ACT and complete a rigorous curriculum.

Previous Story

Next Story




Sponsored

 


You may also like

Deadly Crash On I-29

7/3/2015 6:38 PM

A Brookings man is dead following a two-vehicle crash on I-29 Friday afternoon, just south of Baltic.

Full Story
Spearfish Woman Dies In Rollover Crash

7/5/2015 12:25 PM

A Spearfish woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover crash outside of town.

Full Story
Bear Shatters Glass Wall At Minnesota Zoo

7/6/2015 2:50 PM

A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo repeatedly slammed a 50-pound rock into the glass wall of its enclosure, cracking the thick pane separating the be...

Full Story
Arlington Woman Dies Before Crashing Vehicle

7/4/2015 2:36 PM

An Arlington woman has died following a crash Friday night, but authorities say her death was not a result of the accident itself.

Full Story
Sioux Falls Indoor Racing & Rec Business Closes

7/7/2015 11:02 AM

Sioux Falls first indoor go-kart racing and recreation business has closed its doors.  

Full Story


Events