INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®
The INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® began with the Summer Program, which is one piece of the greater vision.
The Summer Program is a partnership between Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the University of South Dakota. Applicants that are accepted into the program receive a full tuition scholarship. This summer program offers students the ability to earn transferrable college credits, paid internships and scholarship opportunities.
Summer Program participants have the opportunity to earn:
- Complete first full semester of college over the summer.
- College credits earned can be transferred to a college or university of choice for continued study in the fall semester and beyond.
- Study, live and work at the beautiful Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
- Participate in numerous educational and cultural activities.
- Receive a scholarship for summer tuition, books, instructional supplies and a portion of food and lodging.
- Compete for additional scholarships.
- Learn habits of success needed for college and for life.
- Participate in a paid, credit-bearing internship (students also have opportunity to continue working after completion of the program in order to earn extra for the fall semester.)
- Study with fellow students from across the United States.
- Be a part of a global and engaging college experience, meet people from around the world.
- Opportunity to earn back 50 percent of food and lodging costs at the end of the summer through a special incentive program.
Since its inception in 2010, 189 students from 32 different Native American communities and 17 states have successfully completed the summer program of the Indian University of North America. After completing their first semester of college at Crazy Horse with credits extended by the University of South Dakota (USD), many students continue their studies with USD and some transfer the credit and matriculate to a variety of public, private, and tribal colleges and universities throughout the United States.
In the spirit of reconciliation, both Native and non-Native students are accepted to the program, but 90% of the students has been Native American. The overall college persistence/graduation rate for American Indian students who have completed the program and responded to the annual survey is 83%, while the national persistence rate for American Indian students enrolled in college continues to linger. The American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2013) reports that of the 42% of Native American students who pursued some form of higher education, only 13% attained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 53% of the general population who earn a bachelor’s degree and 28% who earn beyond a bachelor’s degree. With respect to Native American students who go on to postsecondary education, only about 50% of those who enroll in major colleges and universities survive the first year of college compared to 70% of the general population. According to Jackson, Smith & Hill (United States Department of Education, 2009), American Indian and Alaskan Native students have the lowest college enrollment and graduation rates of any student cohort at mainstream colleges and universities.
Students who begin their college careers in the summer program of the Indian University of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial learn how to dream big and set goals worthy of their highest potential. Students learn how to navigate college while completing their first semester of college in a worldly setting unlike any other.Click here for information on how you can apply to the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®
The INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® is now taking applications for its summer 2017 program. Applicants who are accepted into the program receive a full tuition scholarship to complete their first full semester of college during the summer and can transfer 12-14 college credits to a college or university of their choice anywhere in the country. Courses offered during the summer program include English, math, speech, psychology, American Indian Art History, college success strategies, and a paid internship at Crazy Horse Memorial. Click here for information on how you can apply to the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®
Scholarship Assistance for Higher EducationThe Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund began in 1978 with a single $250 award. Memorial founder Korczak Ziolkowski called it a “modest effort now toward the future, long-range educational goals of Crazy Horse.”
Since that first scholarship was awarded, The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has been making a difference in the lives of American Indian students striving to meet their education goals. Through revenue generated by visitors’ admissions to Crazy Horse Memorial and through the generous donations from thousands of friends and supporters, American Indian and non-Indian alike, the scholarship program has experienced tremendous growth since its inception. To date, the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation has awarded over $2 million dollars in scholarships.Scholarship applicants must be American Indian students who plan to attend, or are attending, tribal or state colleges, universities, nursing schools or vocational-technical schools in South Dakota.
Crazy Horse Memorial does not process applications and is not involved with the selection of scholarship recipients. Money is distributed to qualifying schools and recipients are selected by the institutions. Interested students should contact the financial aid office at their school for more information and scholarship application forms.