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Wokini Scholarship Requirements

Freshman Wokini Scholarship Requirements

Scholarships will be awarded by the Admissions Office in collaboration with the American Indian Student Center.  These scholarship opportunities exist for enrolled members of a South Dakota tribe that are full-time, degree seeking, first-time freshmen who attend the main campus in Brookings, South Dakota.  Priority is given to those students who submit a completed scholarship application, including tribal enrollment verification.  Selected Wokini Scholars will be awarded an annual $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed for an additional four years.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be admitted to SDState as a first time student
  • Student must submit a Freshman Scholarship Application to the Admissions Office. 
  • Student must provide documentation of being Tribally enrolled in one of the nine Tribal Nations of SD and must be a SD resident.
  • Student is encouraged to have their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completed and reported to SDState.

If student elects to accept the award, the following are the responsibilities of the student:

  1. Enroll in American Indian Student Center First Year Experience.
    1. Enroll in American Indian Student Center Early Orientation program.
    2. Enroll in American Indian Studies 100.
  2. Must be an active participant in one of the two Native American Student Organizations.
    1. American Indian Student Organization.
    2. American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
  3. Meet with AISC Retention Advisor once per month throughout the Academic Year or Bi-weekly if the student is at risk of reaching a probation status.
  4. Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours and remain in good academic standing with the University per SDBOR board policy.
  5. In the 2nd year participate in the AISC Sophomore Experience Program (focus on leadership development).
  6. In the 3rd, 4th and 5th (if applicable) years the student will contribute to one of the following ways to the AISC.
  1. Serve in a leadership role within one of the two Native American Student organizations.
  2. Serve as a Peer Mentor in the AISC.
  3. Serve as a Peer Tutor in the AISC.
  4. Serve as a Tribal Ambassador in the AISC.
  5. Serve the AISC in another manner as determined by the AISC Director.

Transfer/Graduate Student Wokini Scholarship Requirements

Scholarships will be awarded by the Admissions Office in collaboration with the American Indian Student Center.  These scholarship opportunities exist for enrolled members of a South Dakota tribe who are full-time, degree seeking students that graduated with their Associates or Bachelor’s degree from a South Dakota Tribal College or University and attend South Dakota State University.  Priority is given to those students who submit a completed scholarship application, including tribal enrollment verification.  Selected Wokini Scholars will be awarded an annual $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed for two additional years.

Wokini TCU Transfer Undergraduate Scholarship criteria

  1. Complete 24 credit hours and achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA each academic year.
  2. Meet with the American Indian Student Center (AISC) Retention Advisor once per month during first year or, if online or off-site student, twice per semester via telephone. Meet bi-weekly if student is on probation or at risk of reaching probation status.
  1. Online and distance students will be required to participate in an online student support cohort.

Wokini TCU Transfer Graduate Scholarship renewal criteria

  1. Complete 24 credit hours and achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA each academic year.
  2. Meet with the American Indian Student Center (AISC) Retention Advisor once per month during the course of graduate school or, if online student, twice per semester via telephone.  Meet bi-weekly if student is on probation or at risk of reaching probation status.