Student scholarship recipients, David Gipp honored

Jun 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

LEADER OF THE YEAR. UTTC president and former AIHEC executive director, David Gipp, received the 2013 Tribal College Leader Award. Photo by Dennis J. Neumann

The American Indian College Fund honored 33 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2012–2013 Student of the Year reception at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The program, sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation, awarded each honoree a $1,000 scholarship.

Dr. David Gipp, president of United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismark, ND), was also honored with the Tribal College Leader Award. Gipp, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been president of UTTC since 1977.

UTTC was founded by the five tribes located in North Dakota and has emerged as a model of intertribalism. It serves on average more than 1,100 adults and 500 children, and has three early childhood centers and a K–8 elementary school (Theodore Jamerson Elementary School) on its campus, catering to the children of UTTC’s adult students. On a national level, Gipp has been instrumental in developing legislation which assists tribally controlled community colleges and universities.

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