The 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.