Winter is hard on everyone. Travel is difficult if not dangerous, and the colder temps in a northern climate make it hard to stay warm. American Indian students have a difficult time–with soaring gas prices and long commutes across dangerous roads, getting to school takes determination and strength. Yet our students do continue on, despite the financial and other hardships, slogging through the winter, sharing rides to cut costs, and more because they are committed to getting an education.
The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) received a renewal grant of $75,000 from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to continue the Toyota Motor Sales Tribal College Scholarship Program. Each year, this program provides scholarship assistance to more than 100 students, helping them work toward obtaining their degrees at various tribal colleges and universities across the nation.
The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation (SFNTC) entered its third decade of supporting the American Indian College Fund by awarding $50,000 to continue the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program for the spring 2011 semester.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based Rundgren Foundation has granted the American Indian College Fund a $12,000 grant for scholarships for American Indian students attending our nation’s tribal colleges.
This week marked the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth and leadership. In honor of King, Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, looks at the tenets of what makes a great leader from an American Indian perspective.
Northwest Indian College (NWIC) continues to extend its intellectual capacity-building opportunities to young Native staff and faculty as part of the Woksape Oyate: Wisdom of the People Initiative.
USA Funds awarded $200,000 to the American Indian College Fund to provide scholarship support to American Indian students attending tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the United States. The USA Funds Tribal College Scholarship Program will provide $1,000 scholarships to 200 students attending the 33 TCUs during the spring 2011 semester. In the last decade, this program has helped nearly 1,800 students work toward obtaining a higher education.
The American Indian College Fund received $150,000 from the UPS Foundation to continue the UPS Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program. For 13 years, this program has been providing scholarship support to students attending the nation’s tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). The renewed program will provide a $2,250 scholarship for one student at each of the 33 TCUs for both the spring and fall semesters of 2011.
The Tierney Family Foundation, a longtime donor to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund), has granted the Fund $15,000 for scholarships for American Indian students who show high levels of academic achievement and involvement in their communities.
The American Indian College Fund received a $20,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to continue the Morgan Stanley Foundation Tribal Scholars Program for the 2011-2012 academic year. For more than a decade, this program has been providing scholarships to American Indian students pursuing degrees in the financial services industry at the nation’s tribal colleges and mainstream universities, and has helped nearly 200 students achieve their academic and career goals.