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Build Dakota Scholarship Fund

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Technical College will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota.

Between 2014 and 2018, $50 million dollars were invested through private donations from T. Denny Sanford and the South Dakota Future Fund to create and operate the Build Dakota Scholarship program.

Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical colleges to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals. The scholarship program will grow South Dakota’s own and recruit new South Dakotans. Recipients of the full-ride scholarships will commit to living and working in the state, in their field of study, for three years following graduation. The full-ride scholarships will support tuition, fees, books and other required program expenses in the eligible technical college programs. (Note: Allied Health is not an eligible program.)


For more information
about Build Dakota Scholarships at Western Dakota Technical College, contact Chutima Supboon, Scholarship Outreach Specialist, at (605) 718-3064 or email her at

Build Dakota Scholarship Interest Form WDTC Build Dakota Scholarship Application

To Apply for the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund:

Step 1: Apply at WDTC
Step 2: Apply For Build Dakota

For Students

Who is Eligible?

  • Anyone with an interest in one of the high-needs workforce areas
  • Any U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Residents of any U.S. state
  • Anyone who shows financial need (complete the FAFSA)

Build Dakota Scholarship Application

Eligible Programs

Student Commitment

In accepting a Build Dakota scholarship, recipients agree to:

  • Enroll full-time in a Western Dakota Technical College program determined as a high-need workforce area in South Dakota
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Complete the program as a full-time student
  • Following graduation, work full-time in the field of study in South Dakota for a minimum of three years
  • Anyone who shows financial need (complete the FAFSA
Scholars will agree to follow Western Dakota Tech's expectations of a Build Dakota Scholar.


Additional Resources

FAQs for Students WDTC Build Dakota Flyer 

For Industry Partners

For more Industry Partner information call Andrew Kapelewski at (605) 718-3061 or email him at

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