State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012
|903T0634||HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS ENGROSSED NO. SB 77 - 2/27/2012|
Introduced by: Senator Olson (Russell) and Representative Fargen
the Dakota Tech scholarship program;
per student and is awarded once for the duration of the student's course of study. The department
may award Dakota Tech scholarships only to the extent that funds are available to provide
scholarships. If the amount of money in the Dakota Tech scholarship fund is insufficient to
provide a Dakota Tech scholarship to all eligible applicants, the department shall consider a
person's field of study and financial need in awarding a Dakota Tech scholarship.
Section 7. If a person has been awarded a Dakota Tech scholarship, the department shall pay the postsecondary technical institute at which the person is enrolled the amount of five thousand dollars, to be deducted from the person 's tuition and fees over the duration of the person's course of study. The amount of the scholarship constitutes an obligation owed by the person to the department, which may be discharged as provided in sections 8 to 11, inclusive, of this Act.
Section 8. A person who has received a Dakota Tech scholarship is not required to repay any part of the scholarship if within six months of earning an eligible technical degree the person begins employment and is continuously employed in South Dakota for a period of forty-eight consecutive months in an area of critical need. A course of study and corresponding employment or occupation that was deemed an area of critical need at the time of the person's scholarship award remains an area of critical need for the duration of the person's course of study and for the forty-eight month employment period for purposes of determining any repayment obligation that the person may incur.
Section 9. If a person who has received a Dakota Tech scholarship does not maintain eligibility as specified in section 5 of this Act, the person shall reimburse the department the amount of the scholarship paid on behalf of the person, according to a repayment schedule set by the department in rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26.
Section 10. If a person who has received a Dakota Tech scholarship does not meet the requirement in section 8 of this Act, the person shall reimburse the department the amount of
the scholarship paid on behalf of the person, according to a repayment schedule set by the
department in rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26. The amount of repayment shall be
based on the ratio of forty-eight months minus the number of months a person was continuously
employed in an area of critical need to forty-eight months.
Section 11. If a person who has received a Dakota Tech scholarship is unable to maintain eligibility or remain employed in an area of critical need for forty-eight consecutive months due to factors outside the control of the person, the department may waive or delay the eligibility or repayment provisions of this Act.
Section 12. A person who has received a Dakota Tech scholarship shall annually report to the department the person's academic and occupational status on forms prescribed by the department.
Section 13. The Dakota Tech scholarship fund is hereby established as a separate fund in the state treasury to be administered by the Department of Labor and Regulation. Money in the fund shall be used to implement the Dakota Tech scholarship program established pursuant to this Act. Money may enter the fund through legislative appropriations, fees, contributions, donations, grants, loans, interest received on money in the fund, and any other lawful public or private source. Money in the fund shall be appropriated by the Legislature through the normal budget process. Any expenditure from the fund shall be paid on warrants drawn by the state auditor on vouchers approved by the secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation.
Section 14. The Department of Labor and Regulation shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to implement the Dakota Tech scholarship program. The rules shall define occupations and geographical areas as areas of critical need, establish procedures for the awarding and acceptance of scholarships, establish requirements and guidelines to be followed by the department in implementing the program, establish criteria for monitoring the academic
and occupational status of persons who have received a scholarship, establish financial need
criteria, establish repayment schedules, and establish other procedures and requirements
necessary for the implementation of the scholarship program.
Section 15. There is hereby appropriated from the general fund the sum of one hundred dollars ($100), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Department of Labor and Regulation to be deposited into the Dakota Tech scholarship fund and made available, beginning on the effective date of this Act, to fund scholarships under the Dakota Tech scholarship program as provided in this Act. This appropriation may be used only for the funding of scholarships under the program. Administrative costs and other costs incurred in the implementation of the program may be met only through the use of funds from sources other than this appropriation.
Section 16. The secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.
Section 17. Any amounts appropriated in this Act not lawfully expended or obligated by June 30, 2013, shall revert in accordance with the procedures prescribed in chapter 4-8.