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Veterans Affairs Resource Center - VARC

Our Mission

The mission of South Dakota State University Veterans Affairs Resource Center is to assist military veterans, their family members and their survivors, in obtaining all federal and state educational benefits and entitlements they have earned by serving in the United States military and to provide guidance and support services that will aid veterans in their transition to academic and civilian life.


  • Coordinate programs specifically for veterans.
  • House a federal certifying official to assist with financial aid.
  • Assist students who are deployed and still enrolled at SDSU.
  • Provide additional support to the SDSU Armed Forces Association.
  • Collaborate with the city and county agencies that assist veterans.
  • Work with returning National Guard units and other active-duty personnel to assist with admission/re-admission to SDSU.
  • Work collaboratively with Financial Aid, Counseling Center and Disability Services to provide services and support.

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SDSU nursing student and South Dakota Air National Guard senior airman Ellise Otheim, third from left, is awarded a $5,000 Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship in class Nov. 13.

SDSU nursing student awarded Sanford military scholarship

Ellise Otheim, a first-year nursing student at South Dakota State University, is the recipient of a $5,000 Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship. Otheim, a sophomore from Hartford, was surprised with a scholarship announcement during her Professional Nursing Concepts class on Nov. 13, as representatives from Sanford and SDSU stormed the Wagner Hall classroom with balloons and a giant check.