This year is a record breaking year in South Dakota for enrollment in our post-secondary institutions. We have more students attending public schools than we ever have before.
My question is then… why such a low increase in the amount of Opportunity Scholarships? Is no one applying for them because of the amount? Or are there not enough students who qualify because there are less students in the system overall (due to declining enrollments since 1997)?
Students wishing to get a scholarship must complete rigorous high school coursework and get a 24 on the ACT. Earlier this year there was talk of lowering the standards so more students would qualify.
I think $5,000 is an excellent incentive. Let’s open up the pool by bringing the score baseline to 22 on the ACT and give more of our hard working South Dakota kids an equal opportunity in this state to get a college education.