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Dakota Corps Scholarship Program

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South Dakota Board of Regents
Feb 1, 2022



The Dakota Corps offers scholarships that pay for the full cost of tuition for South Dakota students who plan to remain in the state upon completion of their education.

Each recipient must promise to enter a critical need occupation in South Dakota following completion of the program of study. The number of years a recipient must work in a critical need occupation to fulfill the entire obligation is equal to the sum of the number of years of scholarship received, plus one year.

A detailed list of current critical need occupations is available on the program website, which includes nursing, teaching, engineering, and information technology.


To be considered, applicants must meet all criteria:

  • Have graduated from an accredited South Dakota high school with a grade point average of 2.8 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Home schooled students will be allowed to provide supplemental information to qualify
  • Have a composite ACT score of 27 or greater, or the SAT equivalent
  • Agree in writing 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 year
  • Apply for the first Dakota Corps Scholarship for a school period that begins within one year of high school graduation, or within one year of release from active duty of an active component of the armed forces
  • Be an incoming freshman at a participating South Dakota college as an undergraduate student in a program that will prepare the student to work in a critical need occupation
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national
Geographic coverage
South Dakota
Amount of funding

Full tuition and fees to participating South Dakota post-secondary institutions.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the application form are available on the program website.

Completed applications may be submitted online or mailed to:

South Dakota Board of Regents
Attn: Dakota Corps Scholarship Program
306 East Capitol Ave. Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501

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Nurses · Scholarships for health careers · South Dakota

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