Deadline nearing for the 20-21 Build Dakota Scholarship

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If you plan to attend one of South Dakota’s Technical Institutes next fall and pursue a degree in an area designated as high need, you could have your education paid for through the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund.

Just a reminder that if you do plan to apply the deadline to apply for the 20-21 academic year is April 15.

The goal of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund program is to solve the shortage of skilled workers n those workforce categories identified as high need in South Dakota.

As a part of this program, both in-state students and out-of-state students are eligible for the scholarships, and scholars of all ages are welcome to apply. The scholarships will support tuition, fees, books, and other required program expenses in the eligible technical institute programs. Recipients of the scholarships will commit to living and working in the state, in their field of study, for three years following graduation.

According to the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund website, there are three steps in the application process:

  1. Apply at the technical institute you are interested in attending
  2. Go to the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund website, and click on the logo for the institute you plan to attend to get to the Build Dakota Scholarship application for that technical institute.
  3. Read instructions and apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship:

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national (May be eligible if you have a green card and are eligible for federal financial aid.)
  • Applicants need not be South Dakota residents.
  • Must complete the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Demonstrated aptitude through one or more of the following:
    • The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) or other industry-recognized certifications in the career area.
    • Technical, dual or concurrent credit courses taken in the career interest area.
    • Career & Technical Education coursework completed in the career interest area.
    • Work-based learning experiences, internships or work experience in the career interest area.
  • Enroll as a first-time student in a high need program. Previous college or technical institute attendance is acceptable. There is a list of eligible programs on the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund website.

There are a number or eligible programs, ranging from agriculture, healthcare, computer technology, automotive, and building trades – just to mention some of the programs. All great career fields and maybe one that fits your career goals.