Thirteen recipients of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's endowed scholarships are graduating from the University of Minnesota after the spring term, the community announced this week.
The scholarship program provides up to $10,000 per year to Native American students with financial need seeking undergraduate or graduate programs at the university. Almost 70 recipients are enrolled now, and the program has benefited more than 200 since it began in 2009, according to a news release.
The latest graduates are members of a dozen different tribes in Minnesota and elsewhere. They graduated from the campuses in Duluth, the Twin Cities and Morris and studied ecology, social work and other programs.
“Many talented Native American students face barriers to receiving their education,” community Vice-Chairman Anderson said in a statement.
“Our tribe established this scholarship program to make sure that deserving students — like the ones graduating this year — have the chance to break down those barriers and become the next generation of leaders in our community.”