Dakota Corps applications sought

Dakota Corps applications sought Applications are now being accepted for the Dakota Corps Scholarship Program. This scholarship was developed by Gov. Rounds with the goal of filling critical need occupations in South Dakota with qualified South Dakotans.

College funds for this purpose have been provided by private donations. Donors for 2004-2005 included: Gov. Rounds' Future Fund Grant, South Dakota Department of Labor, Great Plains Education Foundation, Avera Health Care, Sioux Valley Hospital, Qwest, Great Western Bank, and Johnson Controls.

Scholarship winners will be chosen from the pool of eligible applications. Eligible students are those who:

* Have graduated from an accredited South Dakota high school.

* Have a composite ACT score of 24 or greater (or the SAT equivalent).

* Have a 2.8 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and are considered a full-time student as defined by the college.

* Are making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree.

* Will be earning teaching degree in music, special education, foreign language, or high school math or science, or a degree to be a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse or in other allied health care fields.

* Will be certified as accepted into the specific program by the start of their junior year (if in a four year program) or be enrolled in the LPN program or other allied health care field.

* Are attending a participating South Dakota college (this may include public and private non-profit colleges, technical, and tribal schools) as an undergraduate student in a program that will prepare them to work in a critical need occupation.

* Will agree to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical need occupation after graduation for as many years as the scholarship was received plus one.

* Are a U.S. citizen or national.

Waivers from these requirements may be granted to non-traditional students who are long-term residents of South Dakota, or to home school applicants.

The scholarship will convert to a low-interest loan if any of the scholarship requirements are not met.

The scholarship is intended to provide free full-time tuition and generally applicable fees to recipients attending participating public, private nonprofit, technical, and tribal colleges. In some instances, the college will cover a portion of the tuition and student fees through institutional funds.

Recipients who maintain eligibility may receive up to four years of scholarship based on the program length. Interested students may acquire applications from their high school counselor, college financial aid office, or by contacting EAC at 1-800-874-9033. For priority consideration, applications should be postmarked by Feb. 1.

More information is available by contacting 1-800-874-9033.

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