93 American Indian Students Receive Scholarships from AT&T and the American Indian College Fund

American Indian College Fund
Tuesday, 17 June 2003

Ninety-three students at tribal colleges and universities have received scholarships from AT&T and the American Indian College Fund. The scholarships range in value from $110 to $1,000, with most falling into the $500 range.

The scholarships were made possible by the generosity of the AT&T Foundation, which is committed to increasing access to educational opportunities for American Indians. AT&T is among the premier voice and data communications companies in the world. The AT&T Foundation donated $50,000 for the scholarship program, which benefited the 93 American Indian students at the nation's tribally controlled colleges and universities. AT&T's donation came on the recommendation of the Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees, Inc. Group members are actively involved in civic, educational, technology and cultural programs in Native communities and they have established a strong national network.

Out of the nation's 34 tribal colleges and universities, the 93 students represented 16 of the schools. Those institutions are:

Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Mich.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, N.D.
College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wis.
Diné College, Tsaile, Ariz.
Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, N.D.
Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan.
Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, Minn.
Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb.
Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy, Neb.
Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash.
Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont.
Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton, S.D.
Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, N.D.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M.
Stone Child College, Box Elder, Mont.
United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, has spent more than a decade helping increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships and support to 34 tribal colleges in 12 states. This aid directly supports more than 6,000 scholarships each year. The Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training.

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

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