Kellogg Foundation Announces Major Initiative

Aug 15th, 1995 | By | Category: 7-2: Agriculture, Tribal College News

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched a major initiative in August to help colleges and universities across the United States create new learning opportunities for Native Americans. During the first phase, Kellogg awarded $1,050,000 to the 29 tribal colleges, their organization (the American Indian Higher Education Consortium), and the American Indian College Fund.

The initiative responds to the success record of the tribal colleges, according to Betty Overton, Kellogg’s coordinator for higher education programs. Since about 75 percent of all Indian college students are enrolled at other universities, the initiative will include some of those that have developed successful methods to reach Native American students. Through the initiative, the tribal institutions will create coalitions with the mainstream schools to share and promote successful methods. Kellogg hopes the initiative will strengthen the tribal colleges, build AIHEC’s capacity, boost the success rates of Indian students at mainstream institutions, and prepare more Native American teachers.

The American Indian College Fund will use its initial grant to plan and launch the Fund for Cultural Preservation, which will strengthen and expand Native Studies departments at the tribal colleges. The new cultural fund will make grants to member colleges for specific cultural projects. In addition to the Kellogg funds, it will depend upon new grants and interest income from a $3 million endowment. AICF established the endowment with the help of a 1992 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A private, grant-making organization, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to “help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.”

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