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BHSU announces American Indian scholarship recipients

The Center for American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University announces the spring 2012 American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF)  scholarship recipients.

The scholarship recipients are: Joseph Amiotte, political science major from Pine Ridge; Teri Bauerly, curriculum and instruction graduate student from Spearfish; Jessica Blair, mathematics major from Big Piney, Wyo.; Summer Di Gioia, curriculum and instruction graduate student  from Spearfish; Elias Fast Horse, physical education major from Rapid City; Lara Goodteacher, history major from Yankton; Stella Joseph, psychology major from Rapid City; Marci Lamont from Martin; Murray Lee, history major from Rapid City; Rilda Means, political science and pre-law major from Pine Ridge; Meagan Mettler, physical education major from Timber Lake; Anna Michalek, English major from Lower Brule; Rhiannon Morgan, general studies major from Fort Thompson; Xylina No Neck, social science major from Porcupine; Tyler Olson, physical education major from Rapid City; Brett Prue, business administration major from Pierre; Nicole Salway, psychology major from Rapid City; Brittany Snyder, human services major from Rapid City; Sammie Taylor, history major from Fort Thompson; Cody Welch from Rapid City;  and Jaymie Wilke, business administration major from Rapid City.

The scholarship awards are made possible by a four-year matching challenge grant from the AIEF, based in Rapid City. The BHSU Center for American Indian Studies raised more than $7,000 through a scholarship fundraiser gala held in October. The AIEF grant matched those funds to make more than $14,000 available to award. This year’s recipients will each receive a $525-$1,000 scholarship for the spring 2012 semester.

“Through this generous matching grant from the American Indian Education Foundation, we have been able to award scholarships to more than 60 American Indian students over the past four years,” said Urla Marcus, director of the Center for American Indian Studies at BHSU. “This scholarship funding makes a real difference in the lives of our students.”

BHSU has the highest percentage of American Indian students of the six South Dakota Board of Regents universities. For more information about the AIEF challenge grant, contact the Center for American Indian Studies at 605-642-6578.

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