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Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-19 School Year

          Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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


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


Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-19 School Year


PIERRE, S.D. – The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 356 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2018-19 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 1,150 applications.


“The Build Dakota Scholarship allows students to step into high-need, well-paying career fields free of debt,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “It is encouraging to see the growing number of industry partnerships, through which businesses sponsor students and commit to pay part of their program expenses. These partnerships help Build Dakota dollars stretch even further, and of this year’s scholarship recipients, 216 students have an industry partner.”


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. 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.


In-state and out-of-state students of all ages are eligible to apply. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into their approved program of interest. Recipients of the scholarship must enroll full-time, complete their educational program on schedule and commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.


Applications for the 2019-20 school year open in January 2019. Find more information at builddakotascholarships.com.