The Coughlin Campanile on the SDSU campus in Brookings, South Dakota.

The Coughlin Campanile on the SDSU campus in Brookings, South Dakota.

South Dakota College Prep Program Benefits Native American Students

South Dakota State University Success Academy Scholars

SDSU-FIS Success Academy students accepted to attend SDSU this fall include, from left, top row, Donnie Eastman, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate; Hepi FlutePlayer, Spirit Lake Nation; Harlan Bellonger, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate; Shantayah Colelay, White Mountain Apache Tribe; and Jody Reed, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Students seated, from left, include Jared Weston, Oglala Sioux Tribe; Shafawn Ethelbah, White Mountain Apache Tribe; Marialan Langdeau, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe; Anna Harris, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; and Chris Negroni, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

An intensive college prep program started in 2000 by South Dakota State University (SDSU) and Flandreau Indian School (FIS) to help Native American students go to college has seen real results.

Ten FIS graduates have been accepted to start attending SDSU in the fall, all of them were participants in the SDSU-FIS Success Academy, and have received a $1,500 Henrietta Roberti Native American Scholarship.

The academy involves all students at FIS, and before their senior year they spend two weeks on the SDSU campus attending workshops in various disciplines.

During their senior year, FIS students take an English class and an algebra class at SDSU and are assisted in completing application materials. But academy students don’t just attend SDSU, besides the 10 attending there, 32 of the 57 students graduating this year from Flandreau said they planned on continuing their education by attending either a two-year community college or a four-year university.

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