Local college expands American Indian scholarships - KOTA Territory News

Local college expands American Indian scholarships


Makenzi Henderson

While KOTA Territory has a growing American Indian population, many still don't pursue higher education.

That's why Black Hills State University awards 14 new $500 scholarships to American Indian students.

The awards come from a three-year American Indian Education Foundation challenge grant that will match up to $10,000, to raise up to $50,000 total.

BH says it plans to expand its Indian scholarship program each year, to help more through college.

"It's a group that is often times first generation and often times comes from, you know, we have some of the poorest counties in the nation here in South Dakota.  So, any type of scholarship funding and opportunities are critical for American Indians in terms of having an opportunity here at Black Hills State University and other universities in the region," John Glover, the Center for American Indian Studies director said.

BH also teamed up with the National Science Foundation to offer up to $2,500 scholarships to Indians pursuing the sciences.

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