Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the University of Minnesota announced Jan. 2 the newest class of scholarship recipients for the SMSC Endowed Scholarship program. They include 37 Native American students from 24 different tribes.

The new scholars represent:

• Twenty-one undergraduate students and sixteen graduate students

• Sixteen students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, nineteen at the Twin Cities campus, and two at the Morris campus

• A variety of majors including medicine, biochemistry, environmental sciences, architecture, human rights, and kinesiology, and the undergraduate and master’s-level tribal administration and governance programs in Duluth.

The SMSC Endowed Scholarship program was established through a $2.5 million gift to the University of Minnesota from the SMSC. The SMSC donated an additional $500,000 to the scholarship program in 2017. The gift leveraged a former university matching program that doubles the impact of the gift to students. Since the program began in 2009, more than 200 students have received this scholarship. This year 69 scholarship recipients are enrolled, representing more than 40 tribal nations across the United States.

“The University of Minnesota is a very special school that tailors to my exact wishes to help other Native American people,” said Ginearosa Carboe, a scholarship recipient and member of the San Buenaventura Band of Chumash Indians. “It has given me numerous opportunities that I could never have had in California, such as the two Indigenous-based research groups I’m involved in.”

The new 2018-2019 SMSC Endowed Scholarship area recipients include:

• Breanna Allen, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

• Joseph Bower, White Earth Nation

• Alex DuFault, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

• Anna Fairbanks, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

•  Sarah Hendrickson, White Earth Nation

• Alexandera Houchin, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

• Kayla Kranitz, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

• Taylor Krone, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

• Lecia Mata, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

• Tyler Ogimaabinez Moose, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

• Amanda Olson, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

• Emily Roy, White Earth Nation

• Whitney Van Wert, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians


The University’s Office for Equity and Diversity administers the scholarship. Native American students who have been admitted to any University of Minnesota campus are eligible to apply for the SMSC Endowed Scholarship. Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due March 1, 2019. Visit for more details.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Following a Dakota tradition of generosity, the SMSC is one of the top philanthropists in Minnesota and is the largest contributor to Native American tribes and causes across the country. It is a strong community partner and a leader in protecting and restoring natural resources. The SMSC’s government, Gaming Enterprise, and various other enterprises are collectively the largest employer in Scott County and attract millions of visitors to the region.


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