Tiospaye Scholar Program

The purpose of the Tiospaye Scholar Program is to increase the number of American Indian students graduating from South Dakota School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, mathematics, and science fields through financial,  academic, professional, cultural, and social support.


The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology awards renewable scholarships worth up to $8,000 annually in engineering.

As of May 2018, we have graduated 39 scholars with the following demographic and post-graduation placement:

  • 41% Female
  • 23% Science
  • 93% STEM Placement
  • 13% Tribal Placement
  • 27% STEM Graduate School

These grants are provided by the National Science Foundation -- Award Number: 0807218; 0966365; 1260101

The Tiospaye artwork of the eagle feather and eagle plume, in the banner above, represent the honor given to male and female graduates of the program, and were created by Mr. Del Iron Cloud, a renowned local Native American artist.