Meet Our Scholars


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 Melissa

 Melissa Hernandez

  • Major: Chemistry
  • Hometown: Kyle
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Sioux
 

14-15 Ryan

 Mathew Menzie

  • Major: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Chamberlain, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Three Affiliated Tribes
  • Interesting life experience: I went to Boy's State in Aberdeen, SD
 

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 Chance

 Chance Knutson  

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

14-15 Tristan

Tristan Picotte

  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Eagle Butte, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I attended 5 high schools and moved a lot.
 

14-15 Levi

Levi Lange

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Black Hawk, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I worked at Bear Country and rode a black bear.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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 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 Kane

Kane Larson 

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

14-15 Zach

Zachary Boyd

  • Major: Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud
  • Interesting life experience: I got married on October 7, 2013 in Vegas.
 

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 Matt

 Ryan Bordeaux  

  • Major: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Rosebud
  • Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I am the oldest of 6 children.
 

14-15 Cody

 Cody Tidwell  

  • Major: Chemistry
  • Hometown: Box Elder
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala
  • Interesting life experience: I work at a nursing home that specializes in dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
 

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 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 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.
 

14-15 Jonathan

 Jonathan Fuerstenan  

  • Major: Mining Engineering
  • Hometown: Spearfish, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala
  •  Interesting life experience: I initiated a 150,000 lb. mine blast.
 

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.
 

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 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 Hailey

 Hailey Burritt  

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Rapid City, SD
  • Tribal Affiliation: Oglala Sioux
  • Interesting life experience: I graduated high school a year early.  I got into computer science from being a film geek, editing short films and whatnot.