U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that The University of South Dakota in Vermillion will receive a $393,415 Talent Search grant from the U.S. Department of Education to identify and assist students with disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
"I will continue to work to increase funding for these important programs and help disadvantaged students in our communities," Johnson said. "By providing this assistance, we are advancing the educational opportunities for South Dakotans, which is one of my top priorities.�A key part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan is investing in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of that kind of investment."
The Talent Search program provides academic, career, financial counseling and advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or postsecondary programs. Talent Search also provided mentoring programs, tutorial services, career exploration, aptitude assessments and workshops for the families of participants.
Senator Johnson's Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota's economy from the federal level. The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks."�The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from http://johnson.senate.gov.