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Schedule Build Dakota Scholarship presentations in your school

The Build Dakota Scholarship is a South Dakota workforce development initiative that offers full-ride scholarships to students attending one of South Dakota’s four technical colleges in a high-need field. In return for the full-ride scholarship, Build Dakota scholars agree to work in that field, in South Dakota, for three years upon completion of the program.

Build Dakota also partners with South Dakota businesses, economic development groups, and local community foundations to help them attract skilled talent and sponsor students. Last year more than 400 individuals received full-ride scholarships. Almost 2,400 individuals have received scholarships since the program began in 2015. The program has also received funding to maintain its momentum for at least the next five years.

The application window is Jan. 1 - March 31, 2022.

2022 Program Handout: Features general information on the front and all Build Dakota approved programs on the back. The technical colleges will be hand-delivering these and large posters to schools, but also feel free to print/email for students and parents. Students of all ages are welcome to apply for Build Dakota. (Dental Assisting was added this year!)

2022 Industry Handout: Features information on industry partner programs. Students do not need an industry partner to apply, but this is a large component of the program’s overall mission, so it is highly recommended that school staff and students are aware of this part of the application and awarding process.

The workforce shortage is a significant issue for South Dakota in towns of all sizes. Build Dakota staff would like to have as many conversations as possible with students regarding this issue and the opportunity it creates for them.

Email Deni Amundson to schedule an in-person or virtual visit to your school.

Options for schools/students/parents:

  1. In-person visit: These can be presentations to certain classes or to the full student body. Build Dakota staff can invite local businesses and parents to learn more as well. Presenters discuss the workforce shortage, the importance of career exploration and college planning, rethinking student loan debt, and how to apply for Build Dakota. Presenters travel with the technical colleges and bring some fun “swag” to encourage student discussion and participation.
  2. Zoom/virtual visits
  3. In-person or virtual live event won’t work with your school’s schedule? A video and discussion guide are available for school counselors and teachers. Watch the video with students, and then use the discussion guide to explore further.


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