U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that the University of South Dakota in Vermillion will receive $36,819 from the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the grant will be used to provide scholarships to deserving students to give them the opportunity to continue their education within the health care field.
"I am pleased that this funding will go to help students at the University of South Dakota receive quality education in the health care field," Johnson said. "There is always a need in rural states like South Dakota for more health care professionals and I am proud that this stimulus money will allow students to continue their education."
The funding comes from the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program within the Department of Health and Human Services. The program provides scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need to enroll in health professions and nursing programs.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed by President Obama, is designed to stimulate economic activity, and this funding is a prime example of the kind of resources the legislation provides to help improve communities while advancing South Dakota's economy.