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01 Sep 2011

Flandreau Indian School Success Academy grads accepted to SDSU

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Ten graduates of the Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau have been accepted to South Dakota State University for the 2011 fall semester. All of them participated in the SDSU-FIS Success Academy program, and each received a $1,500 Henrietta Roberti Native American Scholarship to attend SDSU. In addition, Jared Weston, Oglala Sioux Tribe, received a $1,000 Citi/South Dakota Bankers Foundation Scholarship.

SDSU-FIS Success Academy students accepted to attend SDSU this fall include, from left, top row, Donnie Eastman, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Eden; Hepi FlutePlayer, Spirit Lake Nation, Flandreau; Harlan Bellonger, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Flandreau; Shantayah Colelay, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, Ariz.; and Jody Reed, Oneida Nation, Oneida, Wis. Students seated, from left, include Jared Weston, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Oglala; Shafawn Ethelbah, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, Ariz.; Marialan Langdeau, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule; Anna Harris, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; and Chris Negroni, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Macy, Neb.

SDSU-FIS Success Academy is an early and intensive college preparatory program, started jointly by FIS and SDSU in 2000, to help more American Indian high school students go on to higher education. The program involves all freshman and sophomore students at FIS and all juniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education. Before entering their senior year of high school, Success Academy students have spent 14 days on the South Dakota State University campus. While at SDSU students attend afternoon workshops in various academic disciplines, dinners hosted by SDSU’s Native American Club and extracurricular evening events on campus.

Success Academy seniors come to SDSU once a week during their final year of high school, taking an English class during fall semester and an algebra class during spring semester. Seniors also complete all of the steps necessary for college admission—submitting applications, applying for financial aid, taking the ACT test and visiting with academic advisers in the disciplines they will pursue.

Since the SDSU-FIS Success Academy partnership began 11 years ago, the number of FIS graduates going on to post-secondary education has increased significantly. Besides the 10 seniors planning to attend SDSU this fall, 32 other FIS grads, out of a class of 57, said they planned to continue their education at either a four-year college, a two-year college or a vocational school.

Further information about the program is available by contacting:
MaryJo Lee
SDSU-FIS Success Academy coordinator

Betty Belkham
FIS chief school administrator

About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from eight different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 30 master’s degree programs and 14 Ph.D. programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Cooperative Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

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