At our Pow Wow last Saturday, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) was honored for recently contributing $250,000 to endowed scholarships for American Indian students at the college.
The SMSC’s gift to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholarship provides the College with a permanent asset from which American Indian students can receive support. An endowed scholarship fund provides scholarship awards based upon the annual earnings of the fund’s principal. Due to the generosity of SMSC towards students of all American Indian nations, the scholarship has provided 58 awards to more than 40 students since its establishment in 1991. This new gift means the College will be able to award an additional $10,000 per year in scholarships to enrolled American Indian students at Augsburg College.
This event, hosted by the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association and American Indian Student Services, was Augsburg’s 6th annual Pow Wow. This year’s American Indian graduates were honored and Regent Bonnie Wallace thanked the SMSC on behalf of the College.