State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013
ENGROSSED NO. SB 233 - 02/19/2013
Introduced by: Senators Rave, Adelstein, Heineman (Phyllis), Jensen, Johnston, Kirkeby,
Lucas, Maher, Novstrup (Al), Olson (Russell), Rampelberg, Soholt, and
Vehle and Representatives Cronin, Bartling, Bolin, Ecklund, Greenfield,
Hansen, Hawks, Heinert, Johns, Kirschman, Lust, Nelson, Novstrup (David),
Ring, Schaefer, Schoenfish, Schrempp, Sly, Stevens, Tulson, Tyler, Wick,
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to create the critical teaching needs scholarship program
and to make an appropriation to the education enhancement trust fund to provide for the
annual funding of the scholarships.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
There is hereby created the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program. The
purpose of the program is to encourage South Dakota's high school graduates to obtain their
postsecondary education in South Dakota for teaching, to remain in the state upon completion
of their education, and to contribute to the state and its citizens by working in a critical need
Section 2. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
The South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship program shall be administered by the
Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board, which is hereby established. The board shall consist
of five members appointed by the Governor for a term of five years, except that the initial
appointments shall be for periods of one, two, three, four, and five years. A majority of the
board shall be present either personally or by teleconference to constitute a quorum. The
secretary of education shall routinely collect data from school districts to determine the critical
need teaching areas, and the board shall use this data when selecting eligible critical need
The Board of Regents shall provide necessary support services to the board.
Section 3. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
From the total pool of applicants, the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board shall
award scholarships based on the requirements of sections 5 and 6 of this Act, the filling of
critical need teaching areas, other academic and personal characteristics of each applicant as
determined by the board, and the amount of funding available for the scholarships.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, if the board rescinds a scholarship that has been
awarded, the board may award the amount of the rescinded scholarship to an alternate.
Section 4. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
All accredited South Dakota public and nonpublic postsecondary institutions which offer
a baccalaureate degree in elementary or secondary education are eligible to participate in the
scholarship program. Each institution may choose whether to participate in the program and may
limit the number of scholarship recipients the institution will accept in each academic year.
Section 5. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
In order to be eligible for a critical teaching needs scholarship, a student shall:
(1) Agree, in writing, to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical teaching needs area
for five years after graduation from a participating postsecondary institution;
(2) Agree, through a promissory note, that failure to abide by the provisions of
subdivision (1) will result in the scholarship being converted into an interest-bearing
(3) Attend a participating South Dakota postsecondary institution as an undergraduate
enrolled in the student's final two years of postsecondary education and be enrolled
in an elementary or secondary education program at the institution that is preparing
the student to work in a critical need teaching area; and
(4) Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
For purposes of subdivision (3), the student shall be fully admitted into a teacher education
program at the institution and shall successfully complete a student teaching experience within
the final two years of attendance.
A student is eligible to participate in the South Dakota critical teaching needs scholarship
program for the equivalent of two academic years (four consecutive spring and fall terms) or
until the attainment of a baccalaureate degree in elementary or secondary education in a critical
need teaching area, whichever comes first. However, the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship
Board may grant exceptions to the continuous enrollment requirements for good cause.
Scholarships are not provided for summer session students enrolled in traditional four-year
Section 6. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
In addition to the eligibility criteria identified in section 5 of this Act, applicants shall have
maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, and a grade point
average of 2.8 for all major course work. The Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board may
require applicants to submit a written essay or other information by which to judge the academic
and personal qualifications of the applicant.
Section 7. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
The amount of the scholarship shall be determined by calculating the student's remaining
financial need, and may not exceed the tuition and generally applicable fees for thirty credit
hours at a South Dakota public postsecondary institution as of July 1, 2014. The scholarship
amount paid to a recipient attending a participating nonpublic postsecondary institution shall
equal the amount paid to a recipient attending a public postsecondary institution.
During each year of eligibility, one-half of the annual scholarship shall be paid to public
postsecondary institutions on behalf of eligible students there enrolled or directly to eligible
students enrolled at nonpublic postsecondary institutions at the beginning of the fall semester,
and the other half shall be paid at the beginning of the spring semester.
If, in any year, the total funds available to fund the critical teaching needs scholarships are
insufficient to permit each eligible recipient to receive the full amount provided in this section,
the available moneys shall be prorated and distributed to each recipient in proportion to the
entitlement contemplated by this section. The total amount of the scholarship may not exceed
the amount stipulated in this section.
Section 8. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
In order to maintain eligibility for the critical teaching needs scholarship program, a student
(1) Maintain a cumulative 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The student shall
complete consecutive fall and spring terms in order to remain eligible for
continuation of the scholarship program from term to term; and
(2) Maintain full-time status, or demonstrate continued satisfactory progress toward
degree completion within the scholarship funding period.
If factors beyond the control of a student who has been awarded a critical teaching needs
scholarship prevent the student from meeting any of the requirements in subdivisions (1) and
(2), the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship Board may temporarily waive the requirements of
those subdivisions. The board may rescind a scholarship award if the student does not maintain
eligibility as prescribed in those subdivisions.
Section 9. There is hereby appropriated from the general fund the sum of one dollar ($1),
or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the education enhancement trust fund created
pursuant to S.D. Const., Art. XII, § 6 to allow the funds to be invested to fund the critical
teaching needs scholarship program created in this Act.
Section 10. The state treasurer shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw
warrants to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.
Section 11. That § 4-5-29.2 be amended to read as follows:
4-5-29.2. Pursuant to S.D. Const., Art. XII, § 6, the state investment officer shall determine
the market value of the education enhancement trust fund as of December 31, 2003, and each
calendar year thereafter less the investment expenses transferred pursuant to § 4-5-30. The state
investment officer shall calculate an amount equal to four percent of that market value, without
invading principal, as eligible for distribution. For the purpose of this section, the term,
principal, means the sum of all contributions to the fund. Beginning with the distribution in
fiscal year 2008, the market value shall be determined by adding the market value of the trust
fund at the end of the sixteen most recent calendar quarters as of December thirty-first, and
dividing the sum by sixteen. Upon notice of that amount by the state investment officer, the state
treasurer shall transfer the amount from the education enhancement trust fund to the state
general fund as soon as practicable after July first of the next fiscal year.
Beginning in fiscal year 2015, a portion of the funds annually distributed to the general fund
pursuant to this section representing the percentage of the appropriation in section 9 of this Act,
when deposited, to the total fair value of the education enhancement fund applied to the
distribution amount shall be used to fund the critical teaching needs scholarship program created
in this Act.