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


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
USD News