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300 students get scholarships to South Dakota tech schools

PIERRE (AP) — Three-hundred students have been selected to receive free rides to South Dakota's four public technical schools.

The office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the Build Dakota Scholarship Board chose the recipients of the financial aid packages from a pool of 1,300 applications. The selected students will receive free tuition, books and any materials required by their degree.

The Build Dakota Scholarship program is funded through a $25 million donation from banker and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford and a $25 million grant from the state. The program aims to support students entering eight "high-need" areas, including automotive, medical lab technicians and welding.

South Dakota residents and out-of-state students are eligible to apply. Recipients must commit to work in their field of study in South Dakota for three years after graduation.