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.