Tribe Helps 2 Students Attend South Dakota Technical Schools

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) – A Native American tribe is helping send two students to South Dakota technical schools on the condition that they stay and work in the state for three years after graduation.

The Yankton Sioux Tribe has entered an agreement with the Build Dakota scholarship program to help cover the costs for tribal members Joi Zephier and Kobe Weverka to attend vocational programs.

Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that Zephier plans to study nursing at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls and Weverka will pursue a diesel power technology program at Mitchell Technical Institute.

Each scholarship covers $18,000 over two years, which will go toward tuition, fees, books, laptops and other required resources.

Both Zephier and Weverka plan to return to the reservation after graduation.

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