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Wokini Scholarship Requirements

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 graduate students who attend the main campus in Brookings, South Dakota. Selected Wokini Scholars will be awarded an annual $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed for an additional two years.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Student must be admitted to SDSU as a first time graduate student for the Fall of 2020.
  2. Student must submit a Graduate Scholarship Application to the Graduate School scholarship.
  3. Student must provide documentation of being Tribally enrolled in one of the nine Tribal Nations in South Dakota.
  4. Student is encouraged to have their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completed and reported to SDSU.

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

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours annually (9 credits to achieve Full-time each semester) and earn a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for fall and spring semester.
  2. Students are eligible to enroll in 12 credit hours each semester.
  3. Students will meet with the AISC Director at least twice a semester, each semester enrolled.

Graduate Research Requirement:

  1. Graduate students receiving a Wokini Scholarship must participate in a nation building component.
    1. Conduct research on/about the American Indian Student Center or AISC students relative to their field of study.
    2. Must be willing to share the research at the Indian Education Summit or another AISC director approved research/education conference through the graduate school, or tribal community.   

When the student fulfills their responsibility, SDSU will:    

  1. Provide up to $5,000 in renewable to the student each academic year.
    1. Funds will be split to cover $2,500 each semester.
    2. If an awarded student has received other institutional or non-institutional gift aid, federally awarded gift aid, or tribal aid that would in total exceed the Cost of Attendance figure established by the SDSU Office of Financial Aid, SDSU will consult student about reduction or revoking all or some of the Wokini Initiative Scholarship and re-award to another qualified student with financial need.  
  2. Student will be eligible to continue to receive the award as long as they remain academically eligible and fulfill the responsibilities based on the established requirements detailed above.
  3. If a student is in good academic standing and requests a leave from SDSU for family, medical or personal reasons, the student is eligible to return and receive their scholarship provided they have not attended another post-secondary institution during that time but must reenroll within 1 academic year. This will be allowable one time during the student’s enrollment.

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 Graduate Scholarship renewal criteria

  1. Complete 18 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.

Questions?     

Please Contact Coordinator of American Indian Recruitment: Aubrey Hendrixson, Aubrey.Hendrixson@sdstate.edu | 605-688-4417.  Website: https://www.sdstate.edu/american-indian-student-center.