The Dakota Corps Scholarship was designed for high school students in South Dakota to provide full tuition and generally-applicable fees to selected qualified applicants.  This program allows students financial access to outstanding postsecondary education, while encouraging them to remain here upon graduation working in critical need occupations. 
 
The current critical need occupations for 2017 include:
 
·         Accountant / Auditor 
 
To learn more about the Dakota Corp Scholarship visit:https://www.sdbor.edu/dakotacorps/Pages/Forms.aspx  February 1st is the application deadline
 
The South Dakota CPA Society is the state’s professional association for certified public accountants with over 900 members in industry, government, education, and public practice.  Accounting is one of the top professions available today and the Society has several opportunities for you and your students to learn more about our profession.  Many resources can be found on the Society’s website, including our scholarships at www.sdcpa.org.
 
I am including some helpful links to the CPA profession to assist you and your students to learn more about the wonderful opportunities in this profession.
 
StartHereGoPlaces.com – The newly launched interactive website allows students to see their life as a CPA as they build their ‘Future Me’. The site also includes career options, skills, requirements, real-life CPAs, as well as games and contests that feature the CPA profession and the many opportunities of the CPA as a career!
 
ThisWaytoCPA.com – is a newly launched place for upcoming and new CPAs to learn about the accounting profession including scholarships; salary and demand; industries and specializations; and the CPA exam.
 
In addition to these resources there are hands on opportunities through the USD Summer Accounting Institute and the Society often can arrange a speaker for an event.
 
Please share this information with your math and accounting departments as well.  If you need any other information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 605-334-3848 or laura@sdcpa.org.  We look forward to a mutually beneficial association.
 
Sincerely,
 
The South Dakota CPA Society
Laura Coome, Executive Director