Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the Dakota Corps Scholarship eligibility requirements?
Click here to learn about the eligibility requirements.
2. What are the critical need occupations?
The Department of Labor will designate shortage occupations from time to time. The current critical need occupations for 2018-19 are:
  • Teacher - High School Math
  • Teacher - High School Science
  • Teacher - Elementary or Secondary Special Education
  • Teacher - High School Career and Technical Education
  • Teacher - K-12 Foreign Language
  • Accountant / Auditor
  • Engineer (includes all fields EXCEPT mining)
  • Information Technology
  • Registered Nurse
 3. What if I miss the application deadline?
Applications must be postmarked by February 1 to receive consideration.
4. When will I be notified of who the recipients are?
           The selection committee generally meets at the end of April and award letters will be dispersed sometime within the week following                ​the meeting.  All applicants will be notified, even if they were not selected to receive the award.​  

5. If I do not meet all of the eligibility requirements, should I still apply?
The eligibility requirements outlined are the minimum requirements for the scholarship.
6. If I meet all the minimum eligibility requirements, will I automatically receive a Dakota Corps Scholarship?
No. The Dakota Corps Scholarship offers a limited number of awards each year to the pool of qualified applicants.
7. If my school does not use the 4.0 grade point system, how are my letter grades converted?
Below is a chart showing how letter grades convert to numeric grade points on the 4.0 scale:
               Letter Grade to Grade Point
A+ & A
8​. What does “other allied health care” include?
(NOTE: This applies only for those who were awarded the scholarship previously under this category prior to the change in eligible critical needs areas)
Other allied health care fields include those health care professionals that support and complement the roles of physicians, nurses, and other health care specialists. 
The application form provides the applicant with the opportunity to list the specific allied health program which he or she plans to pursue.  When reviewing the applications, the Dakota Corps Scholarship Board will consult with the Department of Labor if there is any question as to whether or not one of the allied health care fields is a critical need area.  The DCS Board will then make a decision accordingly. 

Interested students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship even if they are not sure that the occupation they are planning to major in will be considered an “other allied health care” field.
Some of the "other allied health care" fields that have been accepted in the past include:
  • Anesthesiology
  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Lab Science
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics / Biology
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Lab Sciences
  • Medical Technology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • PreMed
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Ultrasound Tech