Gov. Dennis Daugaard says seven Native American students have been chosen to receive Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.
The students will use the scholarships to pursue their education at institutes of higher education in South Dakota.
“This award is a great honor, and I am pleased to see these students continuing their education at postsecondary institutions in South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Their families should be very proud.”
The seven applicants selected to receive scholarships are:
• Leo Chasing In Timber, Rapid City
• Aspen Ducheneaux, Eagle Butte
• Courtney Fischer, Parade
• Lyle Jacobs, Pine Ridge
• Adonnis Martinez, Rapid City
• Francesca Willard, Chamberlain
• Brittany Youpee, Rapid City
Hagen-Harvey scholarships are awarded to recent high school graduates in South Dakota who are enrolled members of any American Indian tribe. Recipients are selected on the basis of grade-point averages, ACT scores, leadership potential and other indicators of the drive for success.
Scholarship winners must attend institutes of higher education in South Dakota. The scholarships range from $1,000 for a single year to as much as $6,000 over four years for incoming freshmen.
The 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 Native American students. The late Richard Hagen was a Native American legislator from Pine Ridge who served in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate.