PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has created two new scholarship programs.
The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to accept House changes to bills that will create the scholarships. The measures will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
One measure will set up a program that will award scholarships based on students' financial needs. Sen. Tim Rave of Baltic says South Dakota until now has been the only state without a needs-based scholarship program.
The second bill creates a program that will award scholarships to college students who agree to teach in critically needed fields.
Each of the scholarship programs will get $1.5 million in state money to help start the programs. Lawmakers say they expect the programs to grow in future years.