Towns and townships association unveils new scholarship program

Towns and townships association unveils new scholarship program A new scholarship program has been unveiled by the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships.

Cindy Foster, chairman of the scholarship committee, said, "We as an organization of local elected officials think it is important to provide opportunity for the high school seniors in South Dakota to participate in as many scholarship programs as possible. It is important to provide assistance to our young people who decide to continue their education in South Dakota and this scholarship will help a young man or woman with their continuing education."

Foster said the scholarship application will ask applicants what they know about challenges facing small town and township government today as each applicant will write an essay on the subject.

The program is designed for those graduating seniors who are students in South Dakota high schools or are home schooled and will be attending post secondary education in South Dakota. The scholarship can be used at any university, college, or technical school in South Dakota.

The winner will be announced this fall. However, the actual scholarship money will be paid to the financial office of the chosen school in the fall of 2003.

"We have decided to pay the scholarship dollars for the first semester of the second year of study," Foster said.

Seniors graduating in 2002 are eligible and may obtain application forms by calling the SDATAT office, (605) 353-1439. The winner will be announced at the SDATAT annual meeting in December in Mitchell. The scholarship amount is $500. Deadline for application is July 31.

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