Kellogg, others support College Fund programs

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: 23-2: Climate Commitment, Tribal College News
By Dina Horwedel

YAZZIE-MINTZ JOINS THE FUND. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Ph.D. (Diné), joined the Fund to manage the $5 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation Early Childhood Education Initiative. Photo by Hepsi Barnett

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has provided a $5 million grant award to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) to support four early childhood education projects located at tribal colleges and universities and serving Native children. Initial grant awards of $800,000 per college over a period of four years will be awarded to four tribal colleges whose proposals best supported the goals and objectives of the program. Tribal colleges receiving the awards include: the College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI), Ilisagvik College (IC, Barrow, AK), Northwest Indian College (NWIC, Bellingham, WA), and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM).

Following catastrophic flooding, the Fund established a Flood Relief Fund, raising more than $60,000 to assist Little Big Horn College (LBHC, Crow Agency, MT), United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND), and Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND), all of which were impacted by flood waters this spring and summer.

The Fund allocated the Crow Indian Reservation Community $25,000 to feed nearly 300 people displaced from their homes and staying in temporary shelters, purchase groceries for delivery by boats and four wheelers to 30 stranded and isolated families, provide housing assistance to those that permanently lost their homes, and purchase gift cards for families that lost all of their possessions in the flooding.

UTTC received $25,000 to defer the costs associated with operating the emergency shelter; purchase a generator for backup power at the school; and to provide food and supplies to affected students, faculty, and community members.

CCCC received $10,000 to assist 135 faculty, staff, and students with gas cards and vehicle repairs and to provide housing assistance for people who lost their homes.

Donors giving $1,000 or more to the Flood Relief Fund include: anonymous (two), Kimberly S. Blanchard, ExxonMobil Foundation, Jenzabar, Inc., Kalliopeia Foundation, Michael A. Nuzzo, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, George and Susan Then, Christine B. Thomas, Tzó-Nah Fund, Lucille Werlinich, and Jonathan K. Wilber.

The Fund also has had some staffing changes in 2011. Casey Lozar (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes) was promoted to the position of vice president of Resource Development. Lozar received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and completed his graduate work at Harvard University. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Colorado at Denver. Lozar resides in Lafayette, CO, with his wife, Reagen.

In his new role, Lozar is responsible for resource development for all fundraising departments at the Fund. Lozar previously served as the director of Corporate and Tribal Development.

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Ph.D. (Diné), joined the Fund to manage the $5 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation Early Childhood Education Initiative. Yazzie-Mintz previously served as assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington, IN. She received her doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Learning and Teaching; a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University.

Recent grants to the Fund for Native Student Scholarships include: Johnson Scholarship Foundation (a challenge grant that will match up to $750,000 over the next three years to establish a scholarship endowment for American Indian students pursuing business or entrepreneurship degrees at mainstream and tribal colleges); and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation ($155,000 for Native student scholarships).

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians gave $100,000, which includes $50,000 to support the tribe’s Tribal College Scholarship Program; $25,000 towards the Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund Endowment; and $25,000 to pay some expenses for the Fund’s annual Flame of Hope Gala).

Other grants included The Walmart Foundation ($100,000 for scholarships) and $50,000 from Citi Foundation to continue its Scholarship and Career Exploration Program for Native students attending Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC, Sisseton, SD), Oglala Lakota College (OLC, Kyle, SD), or Sinte Gleska University (SGU, Rosebud, SD).

The CIGNA Foundation gave $29,000 to support Native scholarships through the Tribal Scholars Healthcare Program for Native students studying at select tribal colleges and mainstream institutions.

Other grants include International Game Technology ($25,000 for scholarships); The Hershey Company ($22,000 for scholarships); The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation ($20,000 for Scholarships for American Indian students who are residents of Colorado or members of Colorado tribes); Target ($20,000 to continue the company’s Tribal College Scholarship Program for 2011-12); MetLife Foundation ($15,000 for scholarships for Native students attending tribal colleges); and The Siragusa Foundation ($15,000 for scholarships).

Sysco Corporation gave $15,000 for 10 scholarships for students studying casino/gaming, hospitality, culinary arts, tribal administration, tribal management, tribal government, and/or business-related degree programs at tribal colleges.

Ben Plucknett Charitable Trust gave $11,000 to support the Johnson Scholarship Foundation Endowed Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program; and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation gave $10,000 to support the company’s Oral Health Tribal College Scholarship Program for students pursuing a degree at an accredited tribal college and university in an oral health field.

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