Sponsor a Scholar

Matching Students with Employers to Create a Better Tomorrow

As an employer, you can build a qualified workforce for your company and your industry through Build Dakota. By doing so, you are also creating opportunities for students to launch technical careers in high-need fields throughout South Dakota.

How Does it Work?

Build Dakota Sponsor-a-Scholar

  • Employers who choose to sponsor a Build Dakota Scholar agree to a total investment of $8,000. That amount (due in full by the start of the student’s second semester) is matched by Southeast Tech and Build Dakota to create a full-ride scholarship that covers 100% of a student’s program, including tuition, fees, books and supplies (i.e., tools, uniforms, etc.).
  • In accepting the scholarship, a student commits to work for your company for at least three years following successful completion of his or her academic program at Southeast Tech.

Matching Process

  1. Students

    Interested students submit their Build Dakota Scholarship applications and résumés to Southeast Tech.

  2. Southeast Tech Career Services

    Southeast Tech verifies students’ eligibility and completed application materials and uploads them to a secure file-sharing site for employers to access. The materials are
    organized by eligible Build Dakota programs, and employers have read-only access to those specific to their sponsorship(s).

  3. Employer's HR Contact

    Southeast Tech will share the link to access students’ application materials with companies’ assigned Human Resource contacts.

  4. HR Contact's Responsibility

    HR contacts are to review application materials, schedule
    interviews and extend offers to their company’s selected Build Dakota student(s).

Timeline to Select Applicants

January 1-April 15, 2020
  • The Build Dakota Scholarship application opens
  • Southeast Tech uploads application materials
  • Employers review materials and schedule interviews with students.
Through April 24, 2020

Employers may extend sponsorship offers to students until April 24. All offers must be completed no later than April 24, 2020.

May 10, 2020

Students have until May 10 to accept a Build Dakota scholarship offer.

June 5, 2020

All new Build Dakota Scholars will be invited to Southeast Tech’s Build Dakota Signing and Registration Day. At this event, students – along with their company sponsors, Southeast Tech faculty and staff and special guests – will sign their Build Dakota letter of intent. Also at this event, students will officially register for classes at Southeast Tech.

How Do I Participate?

To learn more about how to sponsor a Build Dakota scholar, contact Career Services at Southeast Tech.

Call 605-367-5512   Email Build Dakota