The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the SMSC. The scholarship is utilized to recruit and retain talented American Indian students who are enrolled or are eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or are identified as American Indian by the Indian Education Act.
The SMSC created the scholarship to support incoming University of Minnesota freshmen and transfer students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines.
Scholarships are issued on the basis of need and the availability of funds. The amount of each scholarship will vary dependent on an individual’s demonstrated need and other awards received by the scholarship applicant.
Scholarship amounts will be divided evenly over the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until graduation (whichever comes first) for undergraduates. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon the degree program and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
To maintain funding, undergraduate SMSC Scholars must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Graduate and professional SMSC Scholars must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for renewal. In addition, merit awards of $500 are given each fall to undergraduate scholars who maintain a 3.0 or above grade point average.
For more information about the SMSC scholarship program, please contact Ralph Blanco, Office for Equity and Diversity, at firstname.lastname@example.org.