A number of scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors through the support of the Care Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who reside in Lincoln, Minnehaha, McCook or Turner counties and have applied for acceptance into a secondary school curriculum within the home building industry or related fields. Since 1998, over $67,000 has been provided by the Care Foundation to support high school scholarships. 


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The Care Foundation generously awards financial support for 2nd year students currently enrolled in eligible fields of study at Mitchell Technical Institute and Southeast Technical Institute.  

Scholarship recipients are selected by the school annually and awarded on a competitive basis. Since 1990, over $156,000 has been allocated to fund scholarship awards for students entering their 2nd year 
of study at technical institutions in the Sioux Empire.  


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Build Dakota gives students entering South Dakota tech schools an opportunity to plan a foundation for their future. You’ll come out of school with no student debt and a set of skills in high demand, so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and start your career right away. 


  • Both in-state students and out-of-state students are eligible for the scholarships.

  • Scholars of all ages are welcome to apply.

  • The scholarships will support tuition, fees, books and other required program expenses in the eligible technical institute programs.

  • Recipients of the scholarships will commit to living and working in the state, in their field of study, for three years following graduation.

  • In the first five years, a projected 300 scholarships will be awarded annually. Beyond the first five years, the endowment will support approximately 50 full-ride scholarships.


  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national (May be eligible if you have a green card and are eligible for federal financial aid.)

  • Applicants need not be South Dakota residents.

  • Must complete the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • Demonstrated aptitude through one or more of the following:

    • The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) or other industry-recognized certifications in the career area.

    • Technical, dual or concurrent credit courses taken in the career interest area.

    • Career & Technical Education coursework completed in the career interest area.

    • Work-based learning experiences, internships or work experience in the career interest area.

  • Enrolling as a first-time student in a high need program. Previous college or technical institute attendance is acceptable.


In accepting scholarship awards, recipients will agree to:

  • Enroll full-time in a technical institute program determined as a high-need workforce area in South Dakota.

  • Following graduation, work full-time in the field of study in South Dakota for a minimum of three years.