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Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant

The Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant provides companies with the opportunity to get additional funding that they can use to leverage the Build Dakota Scholarship program to grow their workforce. The Build Dakota Scholarship program offers full ride scholarships (tuition, fees, books and tools) to students that are entering high need work areas in South Dakota.

Under The Southeast Tech Foundation’s Sponsor A Scholar 50/50 Match Program, industry partners who sponsor a Build Dakota student with half of the total college expenses can request funds from the Build Dakota Scholarship for the remaining expenses to create a full ride scholarship for the student selected by the industry partner. Students selected by an industry sponsor are bound by the Build Dakota Scholarship requirements and any additional requirements arranged between them and their industry sponsor.

The Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant would offer members of The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sioux Falls, and The Sioux Falls Development Foundation the opportunity to apply for a grant that would offset one third of the industry investment into the Sponsor A Scholar 50/50 Match program at Southeast Tech.

Example of Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant Breakdown
  • Build Dakota Scholarship Match $8,000
  • Forward Sioux Falls $2,600
  • Industry Investment $5,400
  • Total Student Scholarship $16,000

Covers tuition, fees, books, supplies and tools needed for program completion

If your company hires students from one of these programs, then we would like to invite you to apply for the Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant
  • Automotive Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Collision Repair & Refinish Technology
  • Computer Network Security Technician
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Technician
  • Construction Management Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Diesel Technology: Agriculture/Construction
  • Electrician
  • Electronics Technology
  • HVAC/R Technology
  • Land Surveying Science Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Network Administrator
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Systems Technology
  • Software Support Specialist
  • System Administrator
  • Welding

To be eligible for this grant, your company needs to be a member of Forward Sioux Falls, The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce or the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Companies that bring forward a new student to enroll at Southeast Tech will get priority consideration for the Forward Sioux Falls Grant. Companies that do not have a student identified can meet a student at our Build Dakota Match event on April 7, 2017.

The Build Dakota Match Event on April 7, 2017 is your opportunity to meet prospective students from these programs that are interested in connecting with a sponsor. At this event your company can meet and interview potential students that are enrolled to attend Southeast Tech in the fall and are interested in securing a Build Dakota scholarship by making a commitment to a sponsoring company.

To get signed up to participate in this event, register here.

There will be an informational meeting for companies starting at 11:30. Table set up will begin at 12:00 with the match event starting at 12:30. The event will be conducted similar to a job fair where the students will rotate through the company tables. Interview rooms will be available if needed. Please register for this event no later than March 30, 2016.

Southeast Tech has had an overwhelming response to the Build Dakota Scholarship with over 200 applications for the Fall 2017 semester. Not securing a sponsor does not take the student out of the consideration to receive a Build Dakota Scholarship, however securing a sponsor guarantees the student will be awarded a full ride scholarship to begin their education.*

For more information about this event, please contact Chellee Unruh at 605.367.7464 or Chellee.Unruh@southeasttech.edu.

Forward Sioux Falls Build Dakota Grant Application
Business Name: *
Contact Person: *
Title: *
Phone: *
Email: *
Address: *
Zip: *
City: *
State: *
Description of Your Business: *
Student Prospects: please include Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, Emails, and Relationships to Students: *
Number of Students Company is Interested in Sponsoring: *
Program of Interest: *
Starting Wage for Associated Position:
Starting Wage for Post-Graduation: *
Will You Employ the Student Part-time While Attending School?: *

Check the Organizations in Which You are Affiliated (Check all that apply): *