The University

Chief Henry Standing Bear was a strong, proud and progressive leader who believed that education was instrumental in preserving the culture and living heritage of the American Indian peoples. He was an eloquent writer and learned at an early age that he would be able to advance his ideals much more effectively using the mighty pen. This is evidenced in his invitation to sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in which Standing Bear communicated that he and his fellow chiefs wanted the world to know that "the Red Man has great heroes also." Once Korczak accepted Standing Bear's invitation he ensured education was an essential part of the mission at Crazy Horse Memorial®. The dream that started with Standing Bear's desire was the genesis of what has become an incredible vision and story that remains in a state of becoming.

As with any great dream, Crazy Horse Memorial's education efforts started small. In 1978 the Crazy Horse Memorial® scholarship program began with a single college  scholarship of $250. Korczak called it a "modest effort now toward the future, long-range educational goals of Crazy Horse." Today the cumulative total awarded to American Indian students attending colleges or universities in South Dakota exceeds $2 million. Eligible applicants must be: American Indian students who plan to attend, or are attending a South Dakota college, university, vocational-technical school or tribal college. Crazy Horse Memorial® does not process scholarship applications and is not involved in the selection process. Funds are distributed to qualifying colleges, universities and technical institutions and recipients are selected by the institutions of higher education. Interested students should contact the financial aid office at their college.

In the last nine years, over 250 students from over 40 native Nations and 20 states have successfully completed the program and continued their college studies at universities and colleges throughout the United States. Native students who start college at THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® are provided an unconventional level of student support from Indian University retention coaches, regardless of where students pursue their degrees. Each year University administrators complete a college persistence/college graduation research report on summer program participants. The last survey attained a 91% response rate and confirmed that 78% of the respondents remained in college or had graduated. College graduates currently work as teachers, counselors, nurses, an assistant museum curator, business professionals, and a dental hygienist. Over 50% of the college graduates have returned to the reservation to share their talents or they are employed with a Native-led organization.

Summer 2019 University Program

Program description, admission requirements and additional information can be found on the fact sheet by clicking the button below.

2019 Summer Program Fact Sheet

Summer 2019 University Program Application

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