The Fund awards 16 scholarships

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News
By Dina Horwedel

The American Indian College Fund (The Fund) will award 16 scholarships to first-generation, first-time Native tribal college students through a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

For more than a decade, the Walmart Foundation has funded Native student scholarships through the The Fund. This year, the Walmart Foundation’s donation will continue the Walmart Tribal College Scholarship Program, providing students with scholarships for the duration of two years. Under the program, three scholars will also be selected to attend a professional networking and education conference aligned with their career goals.

The goal of the Walmart Tribal College Scholarship Program is to increase American Indian students’ access to college. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2010), only 13% of Native Americans receive a bachelor’s degree as their highest degree, contrasted with the national average of 28%.

“Walmart’s continued support generously helps 33 tribal college students pay for school and sets them on a path for success,” says Richard B. Williams, former President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Their assistance helps lift students and their families out of poverty, impacting their lives and their communities.”

The Fund also held its annual Flame of Hope Gala. This year’s gala was held held at The Pavilion at The Depot in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

The Fund’s annual Flame of Hope Gala raises funds for scholarships for needy American Indian college students, helping them to earn a degree and eradicating the cycle of poverty. The Fund provides scholarships to 3,500 Native students every year, giving them a chance for a better future. Please help us celebrate our students’ successes and pave the way for more to come. This magical cultural event features a headline performance by R. Carlos Nakai, Native entertainment, fine dining, and a silent auction of Native art.

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