2017 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE
The South Dakota Association of Towns & Townships is offering one $500 and one $1000 scholarship to senior high school students who are currently attending a South Dakota public, private, parochial high school or a home school program, and reside in a town or township who is a current member of SDATAT (Call our office if you are unsure of membership status or contact your local town/township board.) Graduates of the class of 2017 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The student must use the scholarship for a college, university, or vocational school which has a physical presence in South Dakota.
Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay on the topic:
" "Interview an elected commissioner or legislator asking for their view on how to get more people involved in local township government. Write an essay on your findings, including your own ideas on how to get more volunteerism on the local level and why you believe local government is important.”
The winner will be announced in May. However, the actual scholarship money will be paid to the financial office of the chosen schools in the fall of 2018. The winner and their family will be invited to be guests at the SDATAT annual meeting in December of 2017.
Deadline for application is April 1, 2017.
2017 Scholarship Application
For more information contact:
SDATAT 2017 Scholarship Program
PO Box 903
Huron, SD 57350
SDATAT ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
South Dakota Association of Towns and townships is very pleased to announce the winners of this year’s SDATAT Scholarships. The South Dakota Association of Towns & Townships offers one $1000 and one $500 scholarship to senior high school students who reside in South Dakota, are currently attending a South Dakota public, private, parochial high school or a home school program, and lives in a town or township who is a current member of SDATAT. Receiving the $1000 scholarship is Bailey Moody of Letcher, SD and receiving our $500 scholarship is Logan Hattervig of Carthage, SD. They were judged on an essay based on the title: "Privilege of Voting” and competed against many other applicants from all across the state.
Bailey is the daughter of Perry and Tracy Moody, is a Sanborn Central graduate, and plans to attend Dakota State University for her undergraduate degree and then transferring to South Dakota State University to pursue a graduate degree for occupational therapy. Her goal is to be employed in the a school system.
Logan is the son of David and Connie Hattervig, a Howard High School graduate, and plans to attend Augustana University double majoring in Biology and Theology.
SDATAT President Jim Puffer stated, “I commend both Bailey and Logan for their dedication and hard work. They deserve to be proud of their achievements. SDATAT received scholarships from all across the state and it was not easy to pick our winners. All of us at South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships wish their future efforts be equally successful and rewarding.”
Ms. Moody and Mr. Hattervig have been invited to read their essay at the SDATAT’s 2016 Annual Conference to be held in Watertown, SD, December 3rd, 2016.
About the SDATAT
Scholarship Program. . .
When Did it Begin?
The SDATAT Scholarship program was started in 2003 and began as two separate $500 scholarships, then was revised the following year to award a single $1000 award. In 2013 it was once again revised to be one $1000 and one $500 scholarship.
Who Can Apply?
Any senior high school student who resides in South Dakota and is currently attending a South Dakota public, private, parochial high school or home school program is eligible. The student must use the scholarship for a college, university or vocational school which has a physical presence in South Dakota; and lives in a town or township that is a current member of SDATAT.
What Are Some of the Guidelines?
Essays must be no more than 500 words and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants can not name themselves, their school, town or township, or their local officials in the essay. Essays will be judged on originality, knowledge of subject matter in relationship to the title, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation; and finally, the application may be accompanied by no more than two, one-page support letters.
How Are the Winners Chosen?
As the scholarships are received at the SDATAT Office the Dep. Admin Director will go through each submission to be sure all the guidelines are met and disqualifying any that are not. The qualifying essays are numbered and then sent on to the Scholarship Committee. Only the essays are forwarded to the Scholarship Committee to assure anonymity. After the Scholarship Committee chooses a winner the number is given to the Dep. Admin. Director and the name is released.
When and How is the Scholarship Paid?
The scholarship award will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of enrollment at a SD college, university or technical school in September of the winner’s second year of study.