- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has received a $3.6 million federal grant to make college more accessible to Native American students and reduce the time it takes them to complete their degree.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the grant Tuesday. South Dakota State University will administer the grant. The Brookings school is one of 24 universities nationwide that received a “First in the World” grant.

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says the money is meant to help 900 Native American and low-income youth through the state’s Jump Start program. The initiative helps people get into college and then works with them throughout the academic year and summer to keep them on the path to graduation.

The Jump Start program will be available at South Dakota’s six public universities and the Oglala Lakota College.

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