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Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2017-18 School Year

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212


EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:  For audio from the Governor on the scholarship, visit news.sd.gov/media.aspx and click on “Audio” under “Governor Dennis Daugaard.”



Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced

for 2017-18 School Year


PIERRE, S.D. – The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 285 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.


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


Click here to view the list of recipients.


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