As June ends, the last of graduations at our nation’s 33 tribal colleges and universities are winding down. Our students have worked long hours, often juggling work and family responsibilities with their studies, to earn their college degrees.
June 21 marked the first day of summer solstice. Summer was traditionally a busy time among Native peoples, as sedentary tribes planted gardens and tended to their crops; and nomadic peoples followed the moving animals across the landscape and hunted and fished. Summers were and still are a time of bounty.
The American Indian College Fund recently received a $6,000 grant from the Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Foundation. The Xcel Energy Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program will provide scholarships to Native American students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The recipients must attend one of the three tribal colleges in Minnesota
Be sure to watch our blog this week as Jonas Greene and Jaime Aguilar set out for South Dakota to visit tribal colleges, interview students, and learn about their projects, passions, challenges and joys.
For the third year in a row, the United Health Foundation has given $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) to continue providing access to higher education for American Indian students who are committed to improving the health of their communities.
The Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), recently granted $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) to support the Spirit of Sovereignty Scholarship Program. Established in 2008, this program awards scholarships to Native American students attending our nation’s tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). This most recent gift is an installment of a total contribution of $150,000 which provided a $2,000 scholarship to a student at each of the TCUs for both the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters.
Julia Jones (Mississippi Choctaw), a professional actress, appears in Eclipse, the third installment film of the wildly successful Twilight series. Jones plays the part of the only female werewolf in this modern-day gothic series combining supernatural creatures and impossible love. Julia is a supporter of the American Indian College Fund, and took time out of her hectic acting and promotion schedule to meet with the Fund in Los Angeles to share why she is passionate about supporting and promoting American Indian education.
The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation renewed a $10,000 grant to provide Native student scholarships through the American Indian College Fund. The grant will support qualified American Indian students by providing financial resources to students studying business or entrepreneurial fields at Nebraska Indian Community College.
The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) has received a generous donation from the General Mills Foundation to continue their support of higher education for Native students. The $60,000 grant will continue the General Mills Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program and will provide scholarships to students attending tribal colleges in Minnesota and New Mexico.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin granted the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) $20,000. One half of the grant will establish the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program, which will assist students pursuing degrees at the nation’s tribal colleges and universities.