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These six students have been awarded the prestigious Horatio Alger Scholarship at Red Cloud Indian School.

Six Red Cloud Students Earn the Prestigious Horatio Alger Scholarship

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To earn the scholarship, students wrote several personal essays reflecting on overcoming adversity in their lives, how a person or organization supported and inspired them, and how they will prevent future challenges from holding them back from their dreams. Red Cloud’s six recipients say the applications were demanding, but that they were thrilled when they heard the results.

Red Cloud senior Carrie Beard ‘14, who plans to study chemical engineering at the South Dakota Schools of Mines & Technology next year, says she screamed when she learned she was a Horatio Alger recipient.

“Then I told my mom, who actually started crying—it was so exciting,” she explains. “I knew there was going to be so many people applying, so I wasn’t sure how good of a chance I’d have. But, I knew it would really help send me to college and I knew I had a lot of help from my teachers, who first told me I should apply. I’m so thankful for them.”

Another Red Cloud recipient, Jennifer Brave Heart ‘14, is gearing up to study physics next year at South Dakota State University.

“I was shocked originally and so excited and relieved,” she says. “The first thing I did was tell my mom. She told me how proud of me she was.”

And Genrial Ribitsch ‘14 says she could not believe the news at first.

“I didn’t think it was real when I first read the email. I called my mom over to read it and she was so happy, she started shaking. I went down the stairs to tell my auntie and actually fell down the stairs a little. I was so overwhelmed!”

But the news has sunk in. And now, as Genrial prepares to head off to Kansas University in the fall, she will have the support of a Horatio Alger scholarship behind her.

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