Aug 25, 2011

USD receives grant to support students in service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota was awarded close to a million dollars in scholarship support for students involved in service. USD, the only public institution in the state to receive the award, will receive more than $950,000 over three years from Colorado Campus Compact and the federal Corporation for National & Community Service (Corporation). The Center for Academic Engagement at USD will lead the effort.

USD students who receive these awards will become AmeriCorps members and focus on meeting critical community needs. Funding will assist students in their efforts to provide education support services in K-12 schools, deliver health care services in medically underserved communities to uninsured/underinsured individuals and assist local nonprofit organizations. During the life of the grant, close to 520 students will receive this scholarship opportunity joining a regional network of students serving through colleges and universities in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“The USD AmeriCorps program will reward students working in the highest need areas around the region,” stated Chuck Staben, provost and vice president for academic affairs at USD. “It is also an excellent extension of the university’s goal to partner with communities in addressing local challenges.”

AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by the Corporation, engages 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through more than 14,000 nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 2.6 million community volunteers, and tutored, mentored or served more than 2.5 million disadvantaged youth.  Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting

About the Center for Academic Engagement

The Center for Academic Engagement is the University’s home to civic engagement and service-learning, helping students connect their classroom learning to community needs. It also supports study abroad, National Student Exchange, undergraduate research and creative scholarship, and nationally competitive scholarships. More information is available at

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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Peter Carrels
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