American Indian College Fund Receives Grant from The UPS Foundation

American Indian College Fund
Thursday, 1 May 2003

The American Indian College Fund received a $60,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of the United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used for scholarships for American Indian students attending tribal colleges across the United States.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, has spent more than a decade helping to increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships and support to tribal colleges across the country. This aid directly supports more than 6,000 scholarships nationwide. The Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training.

"The commitment that UPS has shown to Indian education is deeply appreciated," said Richard Williams, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. "This funding will enable tribal college students to achieve their dreams and will have an immeasurable impact on Native communities for decades to come."

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. The Foundation's major initiatives currently include programs that support family and workplace literacy, prepared and perishable food distribution, and increased nationwide volunteerism.

In 2002, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $38.4 million worldwide. Of that, more than $19.3 million was awarded through the Corporate Grant Program, $3 million was distributed through the Region/District Grant Program, $2.5 million was awarded through the Community Investment Grant Program, and $9.3 million was donated to United Way.

Corporate grants benefiting organizations or programs such as the American Indian College Fund positively impact communities.

"UPS and its employees have always been committed to serving the communities where we live and work. In fact, community service is a key part of our company charter," said Evern Cooper, president of The UPS Foundation and vice president of UPS corporate relations. "We apply both financial and human resources in our support of groups that address the educational and human welfare needs around the world. UPS's support of the American Indian College Fund signifies our shared focus and commitment to improve our communities."

For more information, or to contact American Indian College Fund, see their website at: www.collegefund.org

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