Students win Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation scholarships

Two Dakota State University students have won Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation scholarships.  The students, Samantha Roubideaux and Eric Chase, each received $500 for the 2011 spring semester at DSU.

Roubideaux, a graduate of Little Wound High School, is a senior digital arts and design major at DSU. She attended Sinte Gleska University and Oglala Lakota College before coming to DSU. Roubideaux grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and currently lives on the Rosebud Reservation. She intends to use her degree in either education or business. 

Chase is a junior computer network security major, considering an additional major in network administration. He is a 2008 graduate of Custer High School. His goal after graduation is to find a network security position either with a private company or with a government agency, preferably in South Dakota.

The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund started in 1978 with a single $250 award by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and his wife, Ruth.  The nonprofit Foundation has since provided $1,483,796.57 in scholarship funding, mostly to South Dakota schools for American Indian students. Since the start of the Foundation's new fiscal year in October 2010, schools received $44,796.25. Of that, $38,625 was awarded in December for the start of the 2011 school year.

Judy Payne, DSU vice president for University Advancement, is pleased to announce the gifts, and the establishment of a relationship between Dakota State and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.  "Over the years, the Ziolkowskis' vision, mission and generosity have transformed many lives. We are grateful to Mrs. Ziolkowski and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation for these scholarships, which will open doors for Native American students attending Dakota State."

Ruth Ziolkowski said her husband, who died in 1982, was largely self-taught and funded his own schooling.  "He strongly believed that education was an important tool to help Native Americans improve their lives in a changing world."

The mission of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, established in 1948, is to help preserve the heritage, culture and traditions of North America's Indian people.  The Foundation demonstrates that commitment by creating the world's largest carving, providing educational and cultural programs that encourage understanding among all people, exhibiting historic and contemporary tribal items at the Indian Museum of North America, and operating the newly opened Indian University of North America at Crazy Horse.

Crazy Horse Memorial does not process scholarship applications and is not involved with the selection process. Money is distributed to qualifying schools and the institutions select recipients. Interested students should contact the financial aid office at their school.

Last Updated: 1/10/12