Seven Hagen-Minerva Harvey Scholarship recipients announced Gov. Mike Rounds has announced that seven Native American tribal members pursuing higher education have been chosen to receive the Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship for their current postsecondary studies in South Dakota.
"This scholarship gives Native American students the opportunity to pursue their educational goals in higher education in South Dakota," Rounds said.
Recipients will receive $1,000 their first year, $1,000 their second year, $1,500 their third year and $2,500 their fourth year, for a total of $6,000 during four years of postsecondary education.
The 2004 Hagen-Harvey recipients are: Megan Eberhard of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, sophomore attending Augustana College; Robyn Anderson of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, junior attending Black Hills State University; Darrell Vitalis of Oglala Sioux Tribe, sophomore attending Oglala Lakota College; Sandra Weaver of Oglala Sioux Tribe, junior attending Augustana College; Laura Ducheneaux of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, sophomore attending Northern State University; Elisha Webster of Yankton Sioux Tribe, sophomore attending Dakota Wesleyan University; and Cody Marks of Yankton Sioux Tribe, senior attending Northern State University.
The scholarship application required students to submit two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, an official college transcript for any postsecondary studies previously undertaken and verification of tribal enrollment. Scholarship recipients also fulfilled the following requirements to be eligible for the scholarship: graduated from a South Dakota accredited high school; met high school graduation requirements established by rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26 by the Department of Education; attended public or nonpublic accredited university, college, or technical institute located in South Dakota; applied for a Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship within five years after graduating from high school or within one year of release from active duty with an active component of the armed forces if the release is within five years of graduation from high school; and enrolled member of a tribe whose reservation is located in whole or part in South Dakota.
To maintain eligibility, students must keep a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 grade point scale; be continuously enrolled for the fall and spring semesters in a public or nonpublic accredited university, college, or technical institution; and complete the equivalent of at least 14 credit hours of instruction per semester.
Minerva Harvey willed her estate to the Department of Education for its Indian Scholarship Program, funding the scholarship.
A board, appointed by the governor, oversees the program. Seven additional recipients will be announced next spring.