Build Dakota

Earn a Full-Ride Scholarship for 24 Southeast Tech Programs

The Build Dakota Scholarship program offers new students at Southeast Technical College the opportunity to earn a full-ride scholarship in Southeast Tech’s most in-demand programs.  

The scholarship covers 100% of tuition, fees, books, technology and tools. Upon graduation, students agree to work in their field in South Dakota for a minimum of three years. 

Students leave school with no student debt and a set of skills that are in high demand, so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and start your career.

The Build Dakota Scholarship application window for the 2022‒2023 academic year runs Jan. 1‒March 31, 2022.

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To be eligible for a Build Dakota Scholarship, a student must: 
  • Be accepted into an academic program eligible for a Build Dakota Scholarship. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Be of any age and from any state.
  • Commit to stay in South Dakota and work in a high-demand field of study for three years.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

As a Build Dakota Scholar, if you do not maintain compliance with the scholarship requirements, you will have to pay back the scholarship. 

More than 350 students apply for Build Dakota Scholarships at Southeast Tech each year. To maximize scholarship funds, Southeast Technical College partners with industry to sponsor scholars. An Industry Sponsor is a company that is hiring positions from the in-demand programs eligible for Build Dakota Scholarships. Students are matched with an Industry Sponsor who provides funding for half the Build Dakota Scholarship, and Southeast Tech's Build Dakota funds comprise the remainder of the full-ride scholarship.

Once students submit their Build Dakota Scholarship application materials, HR representatives for Industry Sponsors review them. Then, they have an opportunity to schedule interviews with applicants they choose. Finally, they may extend sponsorship offers to their selected Build Dakota student(s). 

Southeast Tech Cannot Guarantee an Industry Sponsor – Please note that Southeast Tech cannot guarantee a student will be connected with an Industry Sponsor. Nor can Southeast Tech guarantee a student will be offered an internship or employment with an Industry Sponsor. All terms and commitments of accepting a sponsorship are between the student and the company. 

Southeast Tech May Award Non-Industry Sponsor Build Dakota Scholarships – Southeast Tech may also award full-ride Build Dakota Scholarships that are not connected to Industry Partners. However, for the 2020‒2021 academic year, all Build Dakota Scholars at Southeast Technical College were sponsored by Industry Sponsors. 

Are you a business looking to sponsor a scholar? Visit our Partnership Page.