PIERRE – The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 285 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.

The scholarships cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related program expenses for eligible programs within eight high-need industry areas at South Dakota’s four technical institutes. Recipients were selected from a total of 1,028 applications.

“The Build Dakota Scholarship is one way we are addressing our state’s workforce needs,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “These students will help us fill employment gaps, and they’ll be able to graduate and enter high-need fields debt free.”

Area students awarded the scholarship include: Zachary Davis, Black Hawk, Diesel Technology; Wyatt McCoy, Belle Fourche, Heating and Cooling Technology; James Karrels, Sturgis, Land Surveying Technology; Gyles Madison , Sturgis, Practical Nursing; Dani Hersrud, Black Hawk, Surgical Technology; Naomi Peldo, Sturgis, Surgical Technology; Beau Stevens, Black Hawk, Medical Laboratory Technician; and Torie Trautman, Sturgis, Surgical Technology.

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Applications for the 2018-19 school year open in January 2018. Find more information at builddakotascholarships.com.

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