ABERDEEN, S.D. – Seven of the 38 new South Dakota high school graduates who have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state will attend Northern State University.
Austin Fordham, Groton, Groton Area High School
Allison Landmark, Britton, Britton-Hecla High School
Allie Macdonald, Hartford, West Central High School
Monte Meyerink, Spearfish, Spearfish High School
Joseph Parsley, Flandreau, Flandreau High School
Carrie Schlotte, Webster, Webster Area High School
Natasha Tharp, Watertown, Watertown High School
Each year, Dakota Corps recipients receive funding equivalent to the cost of tuition and applicable fees at their postsecondary institution. Once graduated, they are required to enter into a critical-need occupation in South Dakota, with terms of service equivalent to the number of years they received the scholarship, plus one year. The scholarships are supported entirely by private donations.
“By choosing careers in critical-need occupations, these students will be giving back to our state,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “They will be educated in South Dakota and then remain here to provide important services and support for fellow South Dakotans. That is a win for all of us, and I thank the private businesses and nonprofit organizations that recognized the importance of providing these students with scholarships.”
Current occupations that qualify for Dakota Corps Scholarship support include teaching K-12 music, special education, or foreign language; teaching high school math or science; working as a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or in other allied health care fields; or working as a large-animal veterinarian. The South Dakota Board of Regents administers the Dakota Corps Scholarship program.
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