College Fund Meets Kellogg Challenge

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

Richard Williams, American Indian College Fund executive director, says the Kellogg partnership keeps hope alive.

Partly as the result of a Kellogg Scholarship Challenge Grant, the American Indian College Fund nearly doubled the amount of support provided to tribal colleges in 1997. For the first time in its history, the fund gave $100,000 to each of its 29 member institutions.

Last summer the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, Michigan) provided a challenge grant of $500,000 for scholarships for Indian students attending the 29 colleges. The scholarship grant was to be matched dollar for dollar and, over a two-year period, to result in $1 million in new scholarships.

However, in less than six months the College Fund has raised well over $1 million in new scholarship funds from individual, corporate, and foundation donors. When the Kellogg Challenge was announced, many individual, corporate, and foundation donors who had already donated responded with additional donations or grants.

The College Fund received a congratulatory note from Stephen M. Ross, Director of Challenge Grants at the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) noted the College Fund’s growth, saying “you have earned considerable bragging rights.” The College Fund also had recently met a NEH challenge.

The scholarships are part of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Native American Indian Higher Education Initiative. The initiative is designed to create more higher education learning opportunities for Indian students nationwide. “Creating opportunity is what the American Indian College Fund is all about,” said Executive Director Richard Williams. “The Kellogg partnership keeps alive the hope tribal colleges provide for Indian communities, families, and students.”

In addition to the matching scholarship grant, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation also awarded $500,000 to the American Indian College Fund to strengthen data collection at each of the tribal colleges.

The American Indian College Fund was launched in 1989 by the presidents of the tribal colleges to increase scholarships and resources through public education, fundraising, and endowments. A total of over $3 million in scholarships and other grants have been disbursed in 1997.

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