Staples-Fairbanks funds scholarship at LLTC

May 15th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-4: Language Revitalization, Tribal College News
By Kyle Erickson

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE. From left: Bonnie Stangel-Fairbanks, LeRoy
Fairbanks, Sr., Mary Fairbanks, and LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III. Photo by Kyle Erickson

Following an emotional speech centered on the power of family and community, LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III presented a check to Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) president, Dr. Don Day, as a down payment on a new endowed scholarship fund.

Staples-Fairbanks was elected in June as a representative for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and one of his campaign promises was that he would make education a top priority. He followed through on that promise by pledging $50,000 over a four-year period to create the LeRoy Staples, Sr. and LeRoy B. Fairbanks Scholarship Fund at LLTC. Once it is fully endowed, this fund will distribute scholarships to selected second-year students at LLTC. The scholarship is named in honor of his late grandfather and his uncle, who were influential in LeRoy’s life.

“Education is the single most powerful thing you can do to empower yourself, and make yourself less dependent,” Staples-Fairbanks stated. “I want our young people to know that there are people who believe in them and who want to help them reach their goals.” Staples-Fairbanks also said that his primary goal in making this gift was to challenge others to make a personal investment in their communities. He plans on working with LLTC to raise matching funds to multiply the impact of his gift.

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