Build Dakota Scholarship to Address Workforce Shortage

builddakotafundApplications are now available for the Build Dakota Scholarship, a program aimed at addressing workforce shortages among high-need industries in South Dakota.

  • The scholarship is available for new, incoming students in the 2015-16 school year.
  • In-state and out-of-state students are eligible to apply.
  • The scholarship will cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related program expenses.
  • Scholarship recipients will commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.

Some of the programs available include:

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

A complete list of program options at South Dakota’s four technical institutes is available at the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund website.

The Build Dakota Scholarship program was announced in December 2014. It is made possible by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million grant by Gov. Dennis Daugaard from the South Dakota Future Fund. 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.

To read more about the Build Dakota Program… Taking Aim at Workforce Shortage | Prairie Business Magazine.

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