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Noem’s push for scholarship endowment gets early support

Gov. Noem talking at State of the State address. (file photo)
Gov. Noem talking at State of the State address. (file photo)(Dakota News Now)
Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 1:54 PM CST
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Kristi Noem’s proposal to put $50 million toward a need-based scholarship endowment has cleared its first test in the Legislature.

South Dakota is the only state without a significant scholarship endowment for low-income students. Noem wants to create a $200 million fund by combining the state money with $150 million from private donors.

Lawmakers have an extraordinary amount of one-time funds after the state used federal coronavirus relief funding to cover the state’s pandemic-related expenses.

A state Senate committee on Monday unanimously recommended the bill’s passage. Republican Sen. Casey Crabtree called the vote “the easiest decision we’ll make all year.” 

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