March 18, 2016

The Coca Cola Foundation and the American Indian College Fund honored 36 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2015-16 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship banquet at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship was established to fund unmet need for a student’s first year in college. If students maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and show strong participation in campus and community life, their scholarships are renewed every year throughout their tribal college careers.

The following students were named 2015-2016 Coca-Cola Foundation First Generation Scholars:

  • Shannon Morin, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Business Technology
  • Helen Bouschor, Bay Mills Community College, Business Administration
  • Alycia Thomas, Blackfeet Community College, Psychology
  • Brooke Redfox, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Liberal Arts
  • Chloe Ortega, Chief Dull Knife College, General Studies
  • Citralina Haruo, College of Menominee Nation, Natural Resources
  • Cherisse Tiger, College of the Muscogee Nation, Public & Tribal Administration
  • Felisha Adams, Dine College, Business Administration
  • Vienna Kagak, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Pre-Health/Pre-Nursing
  • Ellissa Cyr, Fort Peck Community College, Human Services
  • Cornelius Tsosie, Haskell Indian Nations University, American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Olive Kanayurak, Ilisagvik College, General Studies
  • Lashawn Medicine Horn, Institute of American Indian Arts, Studio Arts
  • Mary Durant, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Liberal Arts
  • Christine Zortman, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
  • Mike Kohler, Leech Lake Tribal College, Forestry
  • Jolene Spotted Bear, Little Big Horn College, Pre-Nursing
  • Mateya Cleveland, Little Priest Tribal College, Health
  • Michelle Becenti, Navajo Technical University, Mathematics
  • Rose Buffalo Chief, Nebraska Indian Community College, Business Management
  • Michael Schjang, Northwest Indian College, American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Sheil, Cooper, Northwest Indian College, Native Environmental Science
  • Jovonne Fox, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Elementary Education
  • Marilee Hultgren, Oglala Lakota College, Social Work
  • Alex Loeb, Oglala Lakota College, Social Work
  • Gilberto Franco, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Biology
  • Michele Dennis, Salish Kootenai College, Elementary Education
  • Whitney Jones, Sinte Gleska University, Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • ShoShana Saddler, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Business Administration
  • Jody Wingate, Sitting Bull College, Business Administration
  • Martina Bitsinnie, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Optical Laboratory Technology
  • Courtney Small, Stone Child College, Secondary Science Education
  • Richanda Miles, Tohono O’odham Community College, Social Work
  • Whitney Bercier, Turtle Mountain Community College, Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Randolph Two Crow, United Tribes Technical College, Criminal Justice
  • Kali Lhotka, White Earth Tribal and Community College, Human Services

See Photos From the Event

2016 Coke SOY Banquet