Meet Our Scholars

14-15 Andre

 André Bieber  

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Aberdeen, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Standing Rock
  • Interesting life experience: I had my brother pull me behind his car just to see if I could do it without crashing.
 

Genevieve Bullhead

Genevieve Bullhead

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Cuba, NM
  • Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
  • Interesting life experience: I can speak and comprehend my native language.
 

14-15 Shaina

 Shaina Colombe

  • Major:  Mathematics
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud
  • Interesting life experience: I was on the men's football team in high school, just to prove I could do it.
 

14-15 Tiffany

 Tiffany Foster  

  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (Diné)
  • Interesting life experience: I am very dedicated to my studies
 

14-15 Logan

Logan Gayton  

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I trained all summer for a wrestling tournament in October.
 

14-15 Chance

 Chance Knutson  

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Kadoka, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: OG Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I play football
 

14-15 Kane

Kane Larson 

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
  • Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I built a drift car.
 

Renae Lufkins

Renae Lufkins

  • Major: Applied Biological Sciences
  • Hometown:  Sisseton
  • Tribal Affiliation: SWO - Lake Traverse
  • Interesting life experience: I like roller derby.
 

14-15 Jeremy

 Jeremy McLeod  

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Bismarck, ND
  • Tribal Affiliation: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
  • Interesting life experience:  I made it this far toward my civil engineering degree and am almost done.
 

14-15 Stottin

 Stottin Newbrough  

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown:  Eagle Butte, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I'm a Wildland Firefighter, full-time student, and full-time dad!  Livin' the life!
 

14-15 Bo

 Bo Paulsen

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud
  • Interesting life experience: I rode a horse once.  She threw me off.  I broke my arm.  I'm still afraid of horses.
 

DeVaughn Pearson

DeVaughn Pearson

  • Major: Industrial Engineering
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: OST
  • Interesting life experience: I enjoy reading.
 

Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers

  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Round Rock, AZ
  • Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (Diné)
  •  Interesting life experience: I am on the basketball team.
 

14-15 Tyler

 Tyler Rust

  • Major: Geology
  • Hometown: Tucson, AZ
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Lakota
  • Interesting life experience:  My goal is to go into tribal environmental protection/restoration and join the Peace Corps.

DJ Searby

 DJ Searby

  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Parmelee, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • Interesting life experience: I'm really good at sleeping.
 

14-15 Greydon

Greydon Shangreaux  

  • Major: Geological Engineering
  • Hometown: White River, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I slept overnight on the streets of Rockwood/Gresham, OR.  Met some scary people.
 

14-15 Shane

 Shane Star

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Pine Ridge, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I am a Gates Scholar and a first generation college student.
 

14-15 Amber

Amber Steele

  • Major: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Rockyford, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala
  • Interesting life experience: I played varsity volleyball all 4 years of high school. Then, my junior year, I had the chance to try out for the Black Hills Region Junior Olympic Volleyball Program. I was the only new team member from an A school, with all returning players coming from AA schools.
 

14-15 Jake

Jakeb Sullivan

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River
  • Interesting life experience: I went on a mission trip to Honduras. When we were in the airport there, trying to leave, they thought our mission team was fake and that they were smuggling me into the US. Everything turned out okay.
 

Tanya Twist

Tanya Twiss

  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Hometown: Porcupine, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Lakota
  • Interesting life experience: I have synesthesia.
 

14-15 Vaughn

 Vaughn Vargas

  • Major: Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Interesting Experience: I was a keynote speaker for the Native American Leadership conference hosted by Oglala Lakota College.
 

14-15 Kekoa

Peter K. Yamaguchi  

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Falls Church, VA
  • Tribal Affiliation: Hawaiian
  • Interesting lfe experience: I lost my tooth; now I have a missing tooth.
 

14-15 Stephen

Stephen Yellowtail  

  • Major: Industrial Engineering
  • Hometown: Wyola, MT
  • Tribal Affiliation: Crow
  • Interesting life experience: I hung out with Felicity Huffman from Desperate Housewives and took her horseback riding.