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Institutional Scholarships

Information on scholarships offered by OLC.

Only complete applications submitted online will be considered for selection. This includes the application, essay questions, and appropriate photographs. Undergraduate and Graduate students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for selection to determine the financial need of each student. 

All scholarships require a minimum of 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and a current enrollment of at least 3 hours. For students in 3 hours, if they were originally full-time at the time of registration but dropped 9 hours and still have a need as a less than half-time student, they will be awarded, if eligible. If they no longer have a need as a less than half-time student after they are dropped from full-time status, they are disapproved. The Cost of Attendance is calculated at the hours remaining.

Students may apply for all available scholarships that OLC receives. For two scholarship sources, the scholarship total will not exceed the student’s financial need which includes all funding. This does not restrict students from receiving any outside scholarships.

Native American students are to be considered first preference for all scholarships. Native American eligibility will be determined if a student is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or they must submit proof that their parents have a degree of Indian blood.Once a student is fully packaged or their financial need has been fully met according to the Oglala Lakota College Cost of Attendance budget, they are ineligible for all OLC scholarships. (With the exception of the Non-Smoking Scholarship, as this is a health incentive.)

Students who receive in-house scholarships who drop or are dropped from all classes after their scholarship disbursement will be ineligible for in-house scholarships for the following semester. A student’s in-house scholarship privileges will be reinstated after a one semester ineligibility period. Eligibility will continue thereafter unless a student again drops all of their classes after disbursement. After the second drop, a student will be in final suspension and no longer eligible for in-house scholarships. There is no appeal process if a student is suspended from in-house scholarships.

Students who are in Default, MAX LEU (Lifetime Eligibility Usage), or MAX Pell are eligible for in-house scholarships as long as they are making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

All OLC scholarships except AICF and General Fund will be canceled if a student totally drops before the scholarships are disbursed. Morgan Stanley and the BOT scholarships will be re-awarded at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office.Students who submit inappropriate pictures will not be considered for AICF scholarships but will be considered for in-house scholarships. Examples of inappropriate pictures are baby pictures, students wearing sunglasses, bandanas, unclear pictures, filters, etc. The Financial Aid office will screen the pictures and will determine the appropriateness of the pictures for AICF. Any repugnant or obscene photos will not be considered for a scholarship award.

Subcommittee members are ineligible for all in-house scholarships as it is a conflict of interest. Committee members will not nominate immediate family members for scholarships and will not vote on awarding scholarships for their immediate family members. Immediate family members are defined as: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, and Daughter.

At the time the scholarship award is reviewed by the Student Accountant, 100% of the scholarship will be applied to the student’s bill if there is an outstanding balance for the current semester for all non per-pupil students. For all other students, 50% of the scholarship will be applied to their current bill if no other funding was received.

A. Richtmyer Scholarship
In 1980, Dr. Robert Richtmyer presented Oglala Lakota College with a gift in memory of his late wife, Jane. Scholarship amounts vary depending on the amount of interest earned from the Richtmyer Endowment fund during the year. Students must present evidence of creative ability in Native American arts and crafts.
B. Crazy Horse Scholarship
Students must be of Lakota ancestry, must be in good standing academically, demonstrates a financial need, and must submit a thank you letter. There is $500.00 available for the regular scholarship and $500.00 for nursing students each semester.
C. Wilms Scholarship
Established for the purpose of financially assisting "young Indian males" to achieve a college education. This award is also based on the interest accrued from the Wilms Scholarship Endowment fund per academic year. Criteria to be considered will be: academics, school and community activities, leadership, the potential for completing college, and financial need. $500.00 will be awarded per student, in good standing, per semester. Males to be considered must be 35 years or younger.
D. Fund Exchange Scholarship
Applicants must be an enrolled member of a Federally-recognized tribe, must be a potential graduate for the current academic year, have an unmet need for financial assistance, be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, have demonstrated academic achievement, and have a cumulative semester GPA of 2.0 or better.
E. Lawlor
This scholarship is for students with a Lakota Studies Major, full-time enrollment, an Oglala Sioux Tribal member, and an unmet financial need.
G. Davis
This is for students with a Voc-Ed major, enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, and a full-time student.
H. Board of Trustees Scholarship
This scholarship has many different criterions. Scholarships are awarded to students with Perfect Attendance, Pace of Progression, Outstanding Community and College Involvement, Veterans and by Departments: Business, Applied Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Social Work, Lakota Studies, Math & Science, and Nursing. All students must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and Financial Need to be considered for these scholarships.
a. Attendance Scholarships
  • i. 100% Attendance in previous semester with full-time enrollment previously and currently.
  • ii. 100% Attendance in previous semester with part-time enrollment previously and part-time or full-time enrollment currently.
  • iii. 95%-99% Attendance in previous semester with full-time enrollment previously and currently.
b. Community and College Involvement Scholarships
Scholarship based on Outstanding Involvement both outside and within the college/Student Org. Full-time student, 3.00 cumulative GPA, an enrolled tribal member and a recommendation from the district center their enrolled at.
c. Veterans Scholarship
Scholarship for those students who are full-time, enrolled tribal members, 3.00 cumulative GPA and a DD-214 on file in the Registrar’s office.
d. AppliedScience
Students with a major in the Applied Science department who have a 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, an enrolled tribal member, and at least half-time.
e. Business
Students with a major in the Business department, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, and enrolled tribal member, at least half-time. Awards for students with junior/senior standing and awards for students with sophomore standing.
f. Humanities/Social Science
Students with a major in the Humanities/Social Science department, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, and enrolled tribal member, at least half-time. Awards for students with junior/senior standing and awards for students with sophomore standing.
g. Social Work/Human Services
Students with a major in the Social Work/Human Services department, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, and enrolled tribal member, at least half-time. Awards for students with junior/senior standing and awards for students with sophomore standing.
h. Lakota Studies
Students with a major in the Lakota Studies department, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, and enrolled tribal member, at least half-time. Awards for students with junior/senior standing and awards for students with sophomore standing.
i. Education
Students with a major in the Education department, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, and enrolled tribal member, at least half-time. Awards for students with junior/senior standing and awards for students with sophomore standing.
j. Math and Science
Students with a major in the Math and Science department, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, and enrolled tribal member, at least half-time. Awards for students with junior/senior standing and awards for students with sophomore standing.
k. Nursing
Students majoring in Nursing, 3.00 cumulative GPA, unmet financial need, an enrolled tribal member, full-time.
H. American Indian College Fund (AICF)
This is not a single scholarship, but is a number of scholarships we receive from the AICF with their own criteria which changes every semester. Selections are decided by the OLC Scholarship Committee for the AICF TCU scholarships. The Full Circle scholarships are decided by the AICF.
I. Johnson Scholarship
DEGREE PROGRAM: Business AdministrationAll students who meet the criteria may apply for the Theordore and Vivian Johnson Scholarship Money by filling out completely the online application form on the OLC Financial Aid webpage and attaching the required documents. Students, new or returning, will need to complete a newapplication every semester to be considered.Applications must be turned in to the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE.
J. Max Pell Book Scholarship
Complete the Max Pell Book Scholarship online application located on the OLC Financial Aid webpage each semester needed. Must have an unmet financial need, be a Tribal member, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and apply for financial Aid (FAFSA). The maximum amount will be $1,000 and the Scholarship will cover textbooks only. The deadline for this scholarship will be the100% drop date of the Fall and Spring semesters. Students will need to have their FAFSA and application on file in the Financial Aid Office before a book voucher can be created. Any amount over $1,000 will be the student’s responsibility. This assistance will be to help students meet graduation requirements so the courses they register for need to apply to their degree that is on file.
Also, a good source of outside Scholarships may be found on the internet at: “www.fastweb.com”.