2018 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 2018 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 this year's topic:
"Once a year SDATAT sponsors a program called 'Alive at 25', which is hosted by the SD Department of Public Safety and the SD Safety Council. Research the benefits of this program along with ideas on how to market it on a level geared for high school students” and include this information in the essay.
The winnerss 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 2019. The winners and their family will be invited to be guests at the SDATAT annual meeting in December of 2018.
Deadline for application is April 1, 2018.
2018 Scholarship Application
For more information contact:
SDATAT 2018 Scholarship Program
PO Box 903
Huron, SD 57350
SDATAT ANNOUNCES 2017 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
South Dakota Association of Towns and townships is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 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 Kadon Leddy of Stockholm, SD and receiving the $500 scholarship is Alex Thyen of Waverly, SD. They were judged on an essay based on the topic: "Interview an elected commissioner or legislator asking for their view on how to get more people involved in local township government” and competed against many other applicants from all across the state.
Kadon is the son of Donnie and Krecia Leddy. They live in Stockholm Township, Grant County, SD. He attends Milbank High School. Kadon's plans are to attend SDSU and major in agriculture business and minor in animal science. He plans to make his career in production agriculture raising cattle & being part of his family's farm operations.
Alex Thyen, son of Daniel and Becky Thyen is a student at Waverly/South Shore High School. They live in Waverly Township, Codington County, SD. Alex hopes to become a successful pharmacist. His plans are to graduate from SDSU school of pharmacy. He will minor in political science and may one day become a part of the Legislative process in Pierre, SD.
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.