Critical Need Occupations

The Dakota Corps Scholarship Program was created to encourage South Dakota's High School Graduates to obtain their post secondary education in South Dakota, remain in the state upon completion of their education and contribute to the state of South Dakota and its citizens by working in a critical need occupation.  

Students who are awarded the scholarship must agree to work in South Dakota in one of the below critical need occupations for every year they receive funding plus one year.   The Critical Need Occupations for the 2024-2025 cohort are below:

Critical Need Occupations

Teaching -- K-12 Teaching -- Secondary
  Special Education   Math
  Foreign Language   Science
  Vocal or Instrumental Music   Language Arts
  English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Language Learners (ELL)   Career and Technical Education
Accountant / Auditor
Engineer: (all areas EXCEPT: mining, chemical, biomedical, and computer hardware)
Information Technology
Registered Nurse
Because specific majors can vary from campus to campus, the Dakota Corps Scholarship does not require that students pursue a specific Major to be eligible for the scholarship, however, we do check that the major is one that would set the student up to work in one of the critical need occupations once they graduate.  
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