USD president puts priority on Dakota’s Promise scholarships

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VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — University of South Dakota President Sheila Gestring says establishing a “Dakota’s Promise” scholarship for qualifying university students will once again be a priority for the school.

In her annual State of the University address on Thursday, Gestring said the proposed program is necessary to ensure that USD remains accessible to hard-working and academically qualified students who can’t afford college.

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that she outlined how the gap between the cost of attending and available aid is growing.

Efforts earlier this year to set aside $1 million to fund the needs-based Dakota’s Promise scholarships failed in the Legislature.

Gerstring also says the university needs to prepare as the landscape of South Dakota’s high schools becomes more diverse, and consider how it welcomes and supports that population.

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