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Dina Horwedel, Director of Public Education, American Indian College Fund, 303-426-8900,

Colleen R. Billiot, Public Education Coordinator, American Indian College Fund, 720-214-2569,

American Indian College Fund Honors 35 Tribal College Students of the Year

Students Awarded $1,200 Scholarship Funded by Adolph Coors Foundation

Denver, Colo., March 23, 2020— The American Indian College Fund honored 35 tribal college and university students named Student of the Year at their respective higher education institutions with a $1,200 scholarship. The American Indian College Fund Student of the Year Program is sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation.

“The Adolph Coors Foundation is honored to recognize one outstanding student from each of the 35 Tribal Colleges along with an outstanding Tribal College Leader through our Student of the Year Scholarship Awards” said Carrie Tynan, Executive Director of the Adolph Coors Foundation. “The Foundation is proud of our long-time partnership with the American Indian College Fund and commends these award recipients for their outstanding academic achievements.”

The 35 Tribal College and University Students of the Year for 2020 and their respective colleges and universities as follows:

Caralina Antone, Tohono O’odham Community College
Lyndsey Blanco, Ilisagvik College
Jonathan Catch The Bear, Sitting Bull College
Cal Christian, Fort Peck Community College
Caitlyn Davis, Turtle Mountain Community College
Shania Delille, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Rocky DuBray, Blackfeet Community College
Spring Gray Bear, United Tribes Technical College
Bheri Hallam, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
Heron Hargreaves, Little Priest Tribal College
Sean Henry, Stone Child College
Michael Iceman, Red Lake Nation College
Jaymie Killsfirst, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Lauri Kindess, Little Big Horn College
Brandi Krogman, Sinte Gleska University
Samantha Lackey, College of the Muscogee Nation
Shannell Lavallie, Salish Kootenai College
Jolie Leaf, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Christa Lyons, College of Menominee Nation
Tysa Marlow, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Tiana Martinez, Haskell Indian Nations University
Christy Max, Sisseton Wahpeton College
Nylana Murphy, Navajo Technical University
Jamison Nessman, White Earth Tribal and Community College
Jandy Pierre, Northwest Indian College
Cynthia Plenty Bull, Oglala Lakota College
Jennifer Ross, Nebraska Indian Community College
Derek Santos, Institute of American Indian Arts
Shawna Semmens, Leech Lake Tribal College
Shiree Strange Owl, Chief Dull Knife College
Bryce Stiffarm, Aaniiih Nakoda College
LeTanya Thinn, Diné College
Sydni Voakes, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Lawrence Wakemup, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Crystal Willis, Bay Mills Community College

About the American Indian College Fund—Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 30 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided $7.72 million in scholarships to 3,900 American Indian students in 2018-19, with nearly 137,000 scholarships and community support totaling over $221.8 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

Reporters: The American Indian College Fund does not use the acronym AICF. On second reference, please use the College Fund.

CONTACT: Dina Horwedel,, 303-430-5350


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