The Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies recently announced its first recipients of a new American Indian Scholarship.
The awards are the product of a three-year challenge grant from the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF). According to Dr. John Glover, director of the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies, “In our first year, we were able to raise $3,500 primarily through a benefit gal. Those funds were generously matched dollar for dollar by AIEF. Although pleased with our first attempt, we expect to raise more in 2008.” According to the challenge, the first $10,000 is matched one hundred percent with an opportunity for an additional $10,000 for total funds raised up to $50,000.
This year’s recipients will each receive a $500 scholarship for the fall 2008 semester at BHSU. They are Ferris Bauman, a new student from Kadoka majoring in nursing; Ryan Brown, a junior from Tuba City, Ariz., majoring in coaching and wellness; Wesley Clifford, a senior from New Underwood majoring in business administration and human resources; Laycee Christensen, a new student form Sturgis majoring in physical therapy; Gina Crawford, a sophomore from Spearfish majoring in nursing; Brie Covert, a sophomore from Flathead, Mont. majoring in history; Teri Decker, a sophomore from Spearfish majoring in education; Angela Drown, a sophomore from New Underwood majoring in accounting; Jaci Etzkorn, a sophomore from Faith majoring in history education; Alvin Grassrope, a sophomore from Box Elder majoring in sociology and American Indian studies; Savannah Greseth, a junior from Rapid City majoring in biology and American Indian studies; Keely Krowlikowski, a new student from Martin majoring in biology and chemistry; Frances Trimble, a new student from Rapid City majoring in journalism and political science, and Tori Whipple from Todd County majoring in wellness.
For more information on the AIEF Challenge Grant, contact the Center for American Indian Studies at 642-6578.