The Indian University of North America® began with the 7TH GEN Summer Program, and has since added the Wizipan Fall Program.
The 7TH GEN Summer Program is a partnership between The Indian University of North America® at Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and The University of South Dakota. Students accepted to the program receive full tuition, books, and the majority of their food and lodging costs are paid. Enrolled students earn 12 transferrable college credits, experience a paid work-life experience, receive an opportunity to earn back half of their $800.00 food and lodging share, and gain access to numerous scholarship opprotunities.
7TH GEN 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.
In the last ten years, over 280 students from over 40 Native Nations and 20 states have successfully completed the 7TH GEN summer program of The Indian University of North America ® 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 University student success coaches, regardless of where students pursue their degrees. Each year University leaders complete a college persistence/college graduation research report on summer program participants. The last survey attained a 81% response rate and confirmed that 72% of the respondents remained in college or had graduated. College graduates currently work as teachers, counselors, social workers, nurses, an assistant museum curator, business professionals, bank examiner, police officerand a dental hygienist, and the list goes on.
The Wizipan Fall Leadership and Sustainability Program will open its doors to the first cohort of students in fall 2020. "Wizipan" comes from the Lakota phrase Wachante Hecha Wizipan which implies "the Heart of Everything that Is," but Wizipan on its own, according to the Lakota leader Albert White Hat, references the Black Hills as a container of all resources; any person that goes into the Black Hills starving can be nourished, both physically and spiritually. The experience is focused on the interrelatedness of Care of Self, Care of Community, Care of Enviroment, and Care of Culture. During the study abroad-structured semester offered at Crazy Horse Memorial's Indian University of North America, students will enroll in 15-credit hours of college courses studying natural resource management, global food systems, leadership and Native American studies, and they will conduct a research project throughout the semester. Successful completion of the program will culminate in a Certificate in Leadership and Sustainabilty from South Dakota State University. Native students throughout the United States may apply. The Wizipan 2020 Program will begin Monday, August 31st and extend through Wednesday, December 16th. Through the generosity of the Memorial's supporters, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation will be able to fund 100% of the students' tuition, food, and lodging expenses. Acceptance to this unique and impactful program is surely an honor. This program is made possible through a partnership between South Dakota State University and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
Students who begin or continue thier college careers in the summer and fall programs 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 a semester of college in a worldly setting unlike any other.
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Scholarship Assistance for Higher Education
The 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 and the region.
Scholarship funds are distributed to qualifying schools. Interested students should contact the financial aid office at their institution of higher learning for more information and scholarship application forms.