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For Immediate Release: March 2, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Hagen-Harvey Scholarships for American Indian students available now



American Indian students who plan to pursue higher education in South Dakota may apply now for a Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship amounts start at $1,000 each year for the first two years of attendance and reach $2,500 for the fourth year of attendance. A student may receive up to $6,000 over four years to pursue a degree.

“One of our goals under the 2010 Education Initiative is to see more American Indian students graduate from high school and pursue postsecondary education,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “This scholarship program is a great way to support students who choose to further their education, whether at one of the state’s four-year institutions, technical institutes, or a tribal college.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must: --be an enrolled member of a tribe whose reservation is located – in part or whole – in South Dakota. --graduate from an accredited South Dakota high school. --attend a public or non-public accredited university, college or technical institute located in South Dakota. --apply within five years after high school graduation or within one year after release from active military duty (if that release is within five years of high school graduation).

Once a recipient has been approved for the scholarship, the student is authorized to receive up to four years of funding. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

The Hagen-Harvey scholarship program was established in 2003, after Minerva Harvey left the proceeds of her estate to the South Dakota Department of Education to develop a scholarship program for American Indian students. Richard Hagen was a legislator from Pine Ridge who served in the State House and Senate.

An application form and guidelines are available online (see below) or by calling the Department of Education at (605) 773-3727. Application deadline is April 14, 2006.

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View scholarship information online at:

http://doe.sd.gov/scholarships/hagen