Johnson Foundation Supports Entrepreneurs

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News

For the fourth year, the Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation has awarded Tribal College Entrepreneurship Scholarship grants. Colleges receive grants of up to $30,000 in the form of scholarships to students in entrepreneurship who are working to start small businesses on or near the reservation. Scholarships of up to $1,000 per student per semester may be used to help cover the cost of tuition, internships, related workshops, or special training pertaining to the student’s business (TCJ, Vol. IX, Number 3).

Twenty colleges received grants for 1998-99: Blackfeet Community College, Cheyenne River Community College, College of the Menominee Nation, D-Q University, 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, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Salish Kootenai College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and United Tribes Technical College.

“The Johnson family has always been there for tribal colleges,” according to Michele Lansdowne of Salish Kootenai College (SKC). With a start up grant in 1995, another foundation of the Johnson family (Handsel Foundation) helped establish the SKC Tribal Business Assistance Center, which served as the model for a Small Business Administration (SBA) program to fund other tribal college business information centers around the country. The SBA has been a source of substantial support since then, most recently providing $40,000 to each center as well as a week of training in December.

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