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USD students selected to receive assistance via Careers in the Common Good Scholarships

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Eighteen USD students volunteering through the AmeriCorps program have been selected to receive Careers in the Common Good Scholarships through the Compact Service Corps of the Mountain West and USD’s Center for Academic and Global Engagement. The financial awards are designed to offset expenses of professional development opportunities such as attending conferences and trainings. USD students selected to receive the scholarships were able to offset travel to national, regional or state health care conferences, including the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif. and the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference in Deadwood, S.D.

The health care students selected for the scholarship are Ashley Betz of Spencer, Iowa; Courtney Blake of Centerville, S.D.; Rachel Blake of Centerville, S.D.; Kelsey Bosworth of Spearfish, S.D.; Kristin Braden of Omaha, Neb.; Sarah Chrestiansen of Laurens, Iowa; Greta Corey of Center City, Minn.; Brittany Garner of Rapid City, S.D.; Jenny James of Vermillion, S.D.; Laura Knox of Wayne, Neb.; Jamie Lein of Presho, S.D.; Nikki Novak of Fort Pierre, S.D.; Brittany Otkin of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Rochelle Reinke of Neligh, Neb.; Amanda Rolfes of Aberdeen, S.D.; Amy Sandhurst of Avoca, Minn.; Chelsea Spangler of Vermillion, S.D.; and Madeline Westerfield of La Vista, Neb.

AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 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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Hanna DeLange
USD News