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BHSU receives $5,000 grant from Black Hills Corporation to support American Indian Studies scholarships

The Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) at Black Hills State University recently received a $5,000 grant from Black Hills Corporation. Representatives from the Black Hills Diversity Council and Lee Delange from Black Hills Power presented a $5,000 check to the CAIS.

The Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) at Black Hills State University recently received a $5,000 grant from Black Hills Corporation. Pictured left to right: Don Perkins, BHC Diversity Council member; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president; Urla Marcus, director of the BHSU Center for Indian Studies; Rhiannon Morgan, BHSU senior biology major from the Crow Creek Reservation; Andrea Schartz, BHC Diversity Council member; Cynthia Brown, BHSU freshman biology major from Pine Ridge; Lee Delange, Black Hills Power; and Mutch Usera, BHC Diversity Council member.

Black Hills Corporation (BHC) Foundation awarded the grant to CAIS to support the annual scholarship drive for current and future American Indian students at BHSU.

The BHC Foundation grant and all other scholarship donations received will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Indian Education Foundation in an effort to reach a $20,000 annual goal.

Urla Marcus, director of CAIS, noted how extremely grateful the University is for the assistance of the BHC Foundation and is very confident that CAIS will be able to achieve its annual scholarship goal to assist promising Native American students so they can pursue a college education.

“The ability to contribute to the scholarship fund is one way Black Hills Corporation can celebrate people from all cultures in our operating regions and among our employees,” said Don Perkins, BHC Diversity Council member. “The scholarship grant is one tangible example of the Diversity Council meeting its goals for the corporation.”

BHSU has the highest percentage of American Indian students of the six state universities in South Dakota.

For more information contact Marcus at Ulra.Marcus@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6578.

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