SMSC Endowed Scholarship Recipients Announced
Prior Lake, MN – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today announced 52 new recipients of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year. This is the fourth group of students to receive the scholarship at the University of Minnesota. Forty-five of the first three groups of 59 students will continue to receive the scholarships they were originally awarded for the 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 school years; four students have graduated thus far.
Continuation of the scholarships is based on grades and financial need.
“We want Indian kids to further their education so that they can go back to their reservations and help their people. We want to help them as they are developing into the next generation of leaders,” said SMSC Chairman Charlie Vig.
The SMSC Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a $2.5 million gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community into an endowment fund which earns interest which the University of Minnesota then matches to provide scholarships for American Indian students.
The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need. The SMSC scholarship program is administered by the University's Office for Equity and Diversity. To date, 112 students have received the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship.
The primary goal of the SMSC scholarship program is to support incoming University of Minnesota freshmen and transfer students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly-admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines. For undergraduates, scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until graduation (whichever comes first) contingent upon academic performance. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon academic performance, the school of enrollment, and degree program and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The 52 scholarship recipients come from across the United States and from a number of different tribes. Nineteen of the students are from Minnesota tribes. Twenty-five are graduate students; 27 are undergraduates. Thirty-one are female; 21 are male. Twenty-seven attend the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus; 14, the Twin Cities Campus; and 11, the Morris Campus. Twenty of the scholars are in the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program at Duluth. Majors for the scholars range from biology to education to architecture and include chemistry, art, history, social work, criminology, psychology, and medicine.
Students previously awarded the SMSC Endowed Scholarships come from as far as New York, Utah, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Previous recipients have majors as diverse as Forensic Science to Music to Biochemistry to Dentistry.
For each cycle applications materials received by March 1 are given preference. The final deadline is September 1. For more information go to http://www.shakopeedakota.org/scholarships.html.
For a complete list of scholarship winners, please go to: http://www.shakopeedakota.org/scholarships/2012 winners.pdf.
Last Name Tribal Affiliation Major Status Campus
Annette, Emily White Earth MTAG Grad Duluth
Annette, Billie White Earth MTAG Grad Duluth
Auginash, Chad A. Red Lake Band Electrical Engineering Undergrad Duluth
Bellanger, Evelyn L. White Earth MTAG Grad Duluth
Big John, Jerome B. Lac du Flambeau MTAG Grad Duluth
Bighorn, Leslee E.R. Fort Peck History Undergrad Morris
Blackwell, William J. Grand Portage MTAG Grad Duluth
Boyd, Nicole Red Cliff Band MTAG Grad Duluth
Brengman, Hannah L. Ojibwe Biochemistry Undergrad TC/Duluth
Bruguier, Jeaninne M. Lac du Flambeau MTAG Grad Duluth
Bushyhead, Hana S. Eastern Band of Cherokee Architecture Undergrad Twin Cities
Charging Hawk, Aliina K.k Rosebud Sioux Tribe MTAG Grad Duluth
Crego, Travis L. St. Croix Band Education Undergrad Morris
Day, Caryn A. Mille Lacs Band MTAG Grad Duluth
DuMarce, Eric Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Elementary Education Undergrad Morris
Forrest, Rachel Koasek Abenaki Art Undergrad Morris
Goodthunder, Vanessa R. Lower Sioux History Undergrad Twin Cities
Goodwin, Cheri L. Red Lake Band Social Work Grad Duluth
Hawkins, Diana Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Biology Undergrad Twin Cities
Heberer, Erica R. Fort Peck Undecided Undergrad Morris
Heino, Jared Red Cliff Band Criminology Undergrad Duluth
Her Many Horses, Lorna Rosebud Sioux Tribe Education Grad Twin Cities
Jackson, Lisa Mille Lacs Band MTAG Grad Duluth
Kelsey, John Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Medicine Grad Duluth
Knutson, Nora Red Lake Band American Indian Studies Undergrad Twin Cities
Mathson, Moriah D. Tlingit Pre-med Undergrad Morris
McCormick, April Grand Portage MTAG Grad Duluth
Mora, Olivia R. Pomo Marketing/Communications Undergrad Morris
Myers, William G. Grand Portage MTAG Grad Duluth
Nelson, Michelle D. Turtle Mountain Undecided Undergrad Morris
Neusser, Michael W. Sault Ste. Marie MTAG Grad Duluth
Paron, Jasmine L. Red Lake Band Undecided Undergrad Morris
Peters, Maya Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate MTAG Grad Duluth
Pierre, Cage Avoyel_Taensa Thearer Arts Undergrad Twin Cities
Poitra, Jesslynn Turtle Mountain Biology Undergrad Duluth
Poole, Annemarie Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma Social Work Grad Duluth
Reed, Francis L. Turtle Mountain Undecided Undergrad Morris
Ridley, Samantha Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Biology Undergrad Morris
Rolof, Keith Keweenaw Bay Indian Community MTAG Grad Duluth
Sather, Donovan G. Red Lake Band MTAG Grad Duluth
Shelerud, Kate Lac Courte Oreilles Nursing Undergrad Twin Cities
Smith, Gary Mille Lacs Band Art Undergrad Twin Cities
Stech, William White Earth Special Education Grad Duluth
Stout, John A. Bois Forte Band Chemistry Undergrad Twin Cities
Sutherland, David B. Constance Lake First Nation American Indian Studies Undergrad Twin Cities
Thompson, Angela Pawnee MTAG Grad Duluth
Thompson, Shane Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Recreation, Parks, & Leisure Undergrad Twin Cities
VanderVenter, Carmen Red Cliff Band MTAG Grad Duluth
Wilkins, Nazhone Navajo Sports Management Undergrad Twin Cities
Williams, Jaimin Fond du Lac Psychology Undergrad Twin Cities
Wilson, Desirie Red Lake Band MTAG Grad Duluth
Wolfe, Jeanne M. Lac du Flambeau MTAG Grad Duluth