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Horizon Partners with Build Dakota Program to offer nursing scholarships

Feb 21, 2024 | Blog, Newsroom, Our Staff

(Howard, SD) – Horizon Health Care is partnering with the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund to provide nursing scholarships to high school students in key recruitment communities during the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Build Dakota program provides students studying to receive a technical degree with a full-ride scholarship. The scholarship covers 100% of tuition, fees, books, technology, and tools. Upon graduation, the student agrees to work in their field for their sponsor for three years.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this scholarship opportunity to students from our communities that are experiencing a need for health care professionals,” said Horizon CEO Wade Erickson. “The scholarship allows them to pursue their dream of becoming a health care professional in their hometown without worrying about how to pay for their education. This is a logical extension of Horizon’s commitment to caring for our communities.”

Horizon scholarships are available for one licensed practical nursing student attending each of the following technical colleges in South Dakota:

  • Western Dakota Technical College, Rapid City: The student will serve at a location in Horizon’s Southwest Region, which includes Martin, Mission or White River locations, following graduation.
  • Southeast Technical College, Sioux Falls: The student will serve at Horizon’s Huron location or at a location in its Eastern Region, which includes Bryant, Lake Preston, De Smet or Howard locations, following graduation.
  • Mitchell Technical College, Mitchell: The student will serve at a location in Horizon’s Southwest Region, which includes Martin, Mission, or White River, following graduation.
  • The ultimate location chosen will be determined based on openings and needs.

The scholarships are made possible by investors in Horizon’s Rooted in Rural Program, which is dedicated to building, recruiting, and retaining health care professionals in Horizon’s 22 communities across South Dakota. In the next several years, South Dakota is expected to experience a record-breaking shortage of health care workers. The creation of the Rooted in Rural Program and Build Dakota partnership is a proactive step taken to combat that shortage.

Students must apply for these scholarships through the colleges where it is being offered. Applications are open through March 31, 2024. For more information, visit

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For over 45 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral healthcare through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental healthcare needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information, please visit

About Horizon Health Foundation 

The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care. Horizon Health Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, seeks through responsible activities to encourage and derive sustaining gift support from current and former patients and interested friends, including corporate entities. The Horizon Health Foundation, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fundraising arm for Horizon Health Care.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health Care, which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met. For information about supporting our mission go to


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