A new scholarship will be awarded to one Native American student at Dakota State University in Madison for the 2020-21 school year.
The Native American Student Association at DSU began working on creating a scholarship for native students in the fall of 2019. The group started by reaching out to Jill Ruhd, development officer with Institutional Advancement, who helped them set up a scholarship fund.
With the inability to fundraise, the group reached out to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, which brings 16 great plains tribes together, to ask if any tribes were willing to donate. The Rosebud Tribe in South Dakota made a donation enabling the group to offer the $500 scholarship to a Native student this upcoming school year.
The scholarship is one way the student group is working to create a sense of belonging on campus for Native American students.
More information on DSU’s Native American Student Association can be found here.