Entrepreneurship Scholarships AnnouncedFeb 15th, 2000 | By tcj | Category: 11-3: Native Language, Tribal College News
The Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation has awarded 20 Tribal College Entrepreneurship Scholarship grants for the 1999-2000 school year, the fifth year that such grants have been awarded. This year’s grants total $434,800. The awards are administered by the colleges and awarded to their students who are studying entrepreneurship with plans to develop or expand a business on or near the reservation.
The tribal colleges receiving awards this year include Blackfeet Community College, Si Tanka College (formerly Cheyenne River Community College), Dull Knife Memorial College, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College, College of the Menominee Nation, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Salish Kootenai College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Stone Child College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and United Tribes Technical College.
With this year’s award, the foundation will have committed more than $1.5 million to scholarships for tribal college students in entrepreneurship. The number of new businesses reported, while small, is growing. Scholarship support for American Indians was a goal of Theodore R. Johnson, Sr., and his wife, Vivian Chesley Macleod Johnson, when they established trust funds that would eventually provide the asset base of the foundation. In 1999-2000, the foundation plans expenditures of over $600,000 for programs related to tribal college entrepreneurship education.