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American Indian/Alaskan Native Scholarships

Application Process

The application process varies depending on whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student or a continuing SDSU student. These scholarship opportunities exist for full-time degree seeking, American Indian/Alaskan Native students who attend the main campus in Brookings, South Dakota. Priority is given to students who submit a completed application, including tribal enrollment verification (if applicable).

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

For questions regarding scholarships contact the Admissions Office or call 605-688-4121.

Current SDSU Students

Log into your MyState account. Select the “My Money” tab, followed by the Scholarship Application. Complete the scholarship application.

Additional Documentation
  • If applying for scholarships that require proof of tribal enrollment, applicants are required to submit documentation.
  • You can upload your documentation directly into your scholarship application.
  • Please note: your scholarship application will be considered incomplete without the documentation and, therefore, cannot be processed.
  • Supporting Documentation - Letter of Recommendation and Thank You Note

Selection Process

Evaluate Applications

The AISC Scholarship Committee evaluates applications based on the information supplied on the scholarship applications.

  • Letters of recommendation are not required but are strongly encouraged.
  • You must answer all questions related to tribal affiliation/community involvement, etc. to be considered for AI/AN scholarships.
Scholarship Selection

Scholarship selection is based on the donor criteria. Do your best to provide the scholarship committee with information about your community involvement, campus involvement and future plans to give a well-rounded view of your experiences as well as future goals.

Supporting Materials

Supporting materials will not be returned and new letters of recommendation must be submitted each year.

Notification

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email by the AISC Scholarship Committee.

Questions

Questions may be directed to the SDSU Scholarship Office or call 605-688-5202.

Review these SDSU scholarships to see if you qualify.

Ben Reifel Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be American Indian;
  • Be an enrolled member of one of the nine tribes in South Dakota (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe), or have proof of enrollment by either a parent or grandparent;
  • Be a junior or senior standing undergraduate student;
  • Be a graduate of a South Dakota high school;
  • Be in good academic standing, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 during the preceding two semesters of attendance at SDSU.
  • The scholarship may be renewed if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.
Crazy Horse Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Must be American Indian student who demonstrates excellent potential and financial need;
  • Preference is given to South Dakota residents;
  • Open to students at any class level;
  • The scholarship is renewable;
  • Award amount for each student will vary depending on the number of students eligible.
Daktronics, Inc. Native American Scholarship

Awarded through the J. Lohr College of Engineering.

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native;
  • Be in good academic standing with the College of Engineering, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5;
  • Be an Undergraduate student seeking a career and a degree in the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or electronics engineering technology.
  • Demonstrate good student standing at SDSU and the College of Engineering, and shall be required to remain a student of good standing.
Delano No Neck Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation;
  • Be a graduate of a high school located on the Pine Ridge Reservation (Bennett County High School, Crazy Horse High School, Little Wound High School, Red Cloud High School or Pine Ridge High School);
  • Be in good academic standing, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0;
  • Be seeking either an Undergraduate or Graduate degree in the Biological Sciences;
  • Demonstrate good community standing at SDSU, and shall be required to remain a student of good standing.
Dr. Sherwood & Elizabeth Berg Scholarship for Native American Students

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be American Indian or Alaska Native;
  • Be in good academic standing, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0;
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities, as identified with Native American culture;
  • Demonstrate commitment to community service and academic potential;
  • The scholarship may be renewed if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.
Eugene W. Houda and Mary Milner Houda Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native;
  • Be an Undergraduate or Graduate student seeking a degree in one of the following fields of study: agricultural science, engineering, pharmacy, nursing, education or business.
Gladys and Phillips Pitts Native American/African American Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be Native American, Alaska Native or African American.
Helen Roberti Native American Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native;
  • Be an Undergraduate or Graduate student;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to applying education and experience toward the betterment of tribal communities, specifically in the areas of law, medicine and other advanced degrees.
The Henrietta Nichols Fund

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
Jack and Mary Marken Native American Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe and is at least one-fourth blood quantum or Alaska Native;
  • Be an Undergraduate student;
  • Be in good academic standing, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0;
  • The scholarship may be renewed if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.
Kasey and Karla Abbott Endowed Native American Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of one of the nine tribes in South Dakota (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe);
  • Be a junior or senior standing undergraduate student;
  • Be seeking a career and a degree in a hard science field, such as pharmacy, nursing, engineering, animal science, and chemistry, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5;
  • The scholarship may be renewed if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.
Lindell Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of one of the nine tribes in South Dakota (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe);
  • Be an Undergraduate or Graduate student;
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
Man Afraid of His Horses Native American Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an American Indian or Alaska Native;
  • Be seeking a degree in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences;
  • Demonstrate academic potential and financial need.
Stephenson Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an American Indian or Alaska Native;
  • Be an Undergraduate student;
  • Demonstrate the successful completion of one (1) year of college.
Unci Scholarship for Undergraduate Nursing

One scholarship at $2,500. Selection of the recipient is based on the following criteria:

  • The recipient shall be an undergraduate nursing student admitted to the nursing program.
  • The recipient may study on either the Brookings main campus or the Rapid City campus.
  • The recipient shall be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe in South Dakota with preference given to students who are enrolled members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
  • The recipient is encouraged to submit a biographical note sharing their career goals and aspirations with the donor. 
  • In the event there are no qualified recipients, available funds shall be saved for the next academic year.
  • The recipient of the Unci Scholarship for Undergraduate Nursing shall be selected by the American Indian Scholarship Committee.
Unci Scholarship for Graduate Nursing

One scholarship at $2,500. Selection of the recipient is based on the following criteria:

  • The recipient shall be a graduate nursing student.
  • The recipient may study on either the Brookings main campus or the Rapid City campus.
  • The recipient shall be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe in South Dakota with preference given to students who are enrolled members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
  • The recipient is encouraged to submit a biographical note sharing their career goals and aspirations with the donor.
  • In the event there are no qualified recipients, available funds shall be saved for the next academic year. 
  • The recipient of the Unci Scholarship for Graduate Nursing shall be selected by the American Indian Scholarship Committee.
William G. France Native American Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of one of the nine tribes in South Dakota (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe);
  • Be an Undergraduate student;
  • Be in good academic standing, and shall be required to have achieved/and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0;
  • The scholarship may be renewed if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.
Wokini Undergraduate Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a student admitted to SDState as a first-time student for the fall semester. 
  • Submit a Freshman Scholarship Application to the Office of Admissions.
  • Must provide documentation of being Tribally enrolled in one of the nine Tribal Nations here in South Dakota.
  • Must be a resident of South Dakota.
Wokini Undergraduate Tribal College Transfer Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a graduate of an SD Tribal College with an Associate's degree admitted to SDState.
  • Submit a Transfer Scholarship application to the Office of Admissions.
  • Must provide documentation of being Tribally enrolled in one of the nine Tribal Nations here in South Dakota.
  • Must be a resident of South Dakota.
Wokini Tribal College Graduate Transfer Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a graduate of an SD Tribal College with a Bachelor's degree admitted to the SDState Graduate School.
  • Submit a Transfer Scholarship application to the Office of Admissions.
  • Must provide documentation of being Tribally enrolled in one of the nine Tribal Nations here in South Dakota. 
  • Must be a resident of South Dakota.