WDT students get boost from gala dinner

Foundation hopes to one day award scholarships to entire student body

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Students at Western Dakota Technical Institute (WDT) got help paying for their education at the first-ever Legacy Gala on campus.

Business and industry leaders gathered at Western Dakota Tech Thursday for the first annual WDT Foundation Legacy Gala to raise money for student scholarships. Photo Date: Oct. 25, 2018.Dozens of people representing local business and industry were in attendance at the first annual Western Dakota Tech Foundation Legacy Gala Thursday evening. The event is a fundraiser for projects to help students with tuition costs.

The event was also a networking opportunity bringing the school together with more businesses who hire WDT graduates and have in interest in helping the students succeed.

WDT President Dr. Ann Bolman said she hopes that getting more businesses involved with the school with expand financial aid to the entire student body.

“We have about 1,000 students. Our dream is to have every student who comes to Western Dakota Tech get a scholarship,” Bolman said. “We’re not there yet. With this gala, we anticipate that we’re going to have more partnerships and more scholarships so that we’ll be able to improve on the 250 students that are currently receiving scholarships at Western Dakota Tech.”

Currently, WDT awards about $800,000 in scholarships to its students annually. If your business is interested in getting involved with the school, visit the WDT Foundation online.

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