Groups honor Korczak’s educational efforts
Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City presented its Distinguished Service Award for long-term support of students. Foundation director Dr. Sid Goss accepted the plaque during the school’s May 18 commencement program at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Over the past 14 years (since 1999), the Crazy Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund has provided $181,500 to 328 Western Dakota Tech students, including special awards provided by the Donald J. Larus Memorial, Carole Hillard Memorial and the Jeffery Pond Memorial scholarships.
Since starting with one $250 grant in 1978, the Crazy Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund has provided $1.8 million to students, mostly Native Americans attending schools in South Dakota.
Odyssey of the Mind International presented its Creativity Award to Korczak and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation for dedication to his dreams and striving to find creative solutions to make Crazy Horse Memorial a reality. Previous O of M Creativity Award winners include Walt Disney and the Walt Disney World Company, NASA, the Newseum museum of journalism, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Discovery Channel Communications, among others.
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Chief Operating Officer Rollie Noem accepted the honor during the 34th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Officials say 15,000 to 16,000 attended the May 22 ceremonies in the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.