Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities

Fool Soldier Scholarship

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

Attn: Scholarship Coordinator

300 North Phillips Avenue, Suite 102

Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6035

(605) 336-7055, ext. 20         Fax: (605) 336-0038




To provide financial assistance to descendants of specified Indians in South Dakota who are interested in attending college in any state.


This program is open to enrolled members of the South Dakota Indian tribes who are graduating from high school. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and be able to demonstrate financial need.  They must be planning to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school in any state.  along with their application, they must document descendancy from 1 or more of the Fools Soldiers, a group of Teton Lakota men who ransomed the freedom of 2 white women and 6 children held captive by a band of Dakota Indians in 1862.

Financial data

The stipend is $500.  Funds are paid in 2 equal installments and are to be used for tuition, fees, and/or books.


1 year

Additional information

This program was established in 1997

Number awarded

1 or more each year


March of each year