The College Fund honors students

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Dina Horwedel
DR. SHERRY ALLISON NAMED HONOREE OF THE YEAR

HONOREE OF THE YEAR. Cheryl Crazy Bull confers the College Fund’s prestigious Honoree of the Year award to Dr. Sherry Allison of SIPI. Photo by Jaime Aguilar

The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) honored 34 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2013-14 Student of the Year reception at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium student conference in Billings, Montana. The program, sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation, awarded each honoree a $1,000 scholarship.

“Each year in partnership with Adolph Coors Foundation, tribal colleges and universities recognize students who represent the best of their institutions. Being the best means being culturally rooted, committed to achievement, and representing the opportunities that tribal colleges and tribal communities offer,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the College Fund.

CHERYL CRAZY BULL RECOGNIZES STUDENTS

RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE. Cheryl Crazy Bull recognizes student award recipients at the College Fund’s award banquet. Photo by Jaime Aguilar

The Coors Foundation also funded the 2014 American Indian College Fund Tribal College Honoree of the Year award, naming Dr. Sherry Allison (Diné), president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM) as the recipient. The prestigious award was created to recognize a distinguished individual who has made a positive and lasting impact on the tribal college movement. Dr. Allison received a $1,000 honorarium.

In addition, the Coca Cola Foundation and the College Fund honored 36 American Indian scholarship recipients at the reception. The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship was established to fund an unmet need for a Native American student’s first year in college with a $5,000 scholarship. If students maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and show strong participation in campus and community life, their scholarships are renewed every year throughout the students’ tribal college career.

“Being a first generation college student is filled with new experiences and opportunities. Our Coca Cola scholars are the first in their families to focus on receiving their bachelor’s degree and we are proud at the College Fund to partner with Coca Cola to help the dreams of these students to come true,” said Crazy Bull.

The 34 tribal college students of the year for 2013-14 are as follows:

Corey Fox Aaniiih Nakoda College
Renae Carrick Bay Mills Community College
Josh Horn Blackfeet Community College
Myron Wanna, Jr. Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Donald Widdicombe Chief Dull Knife College
Lloyd Frieson Jr. College of Menominee Nation
Brandi Scott College of the Muscogee Nation
Amanda Means Diné College
Jeremy Wilson Fond du Lac Tribal and Community
Michael DeVille Fort Berthold Community College
David James Fort Peck Community College
Bobby Crow Feather Haskell Indian Nations University
Alison Bankston Ilisagvik College
Louva Hartwell Institute of American Indian Arts
Stephanie Kozich Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Jordan Isham Winrich Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Comm.
Vincent Morris Leech Lake Tribal College
Riley Singer Little Big Horn College
Yvette Doty Little Priest Tribal College
Malanie Begay Navajo Technical University
Samantha Goodbird Nebraska Indian Community College
Noelani Villa Northwest Indian College
Jeremy Vu Oglala Lakota College
Jennifer Arnold Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Loga Fixico Salish Kootenai College
Ashley DuMarce Sisseton Wahpeton College
Raechel Herman Sinte Gleska University
Maya St.Cyr Sitting Bull College
Waylon Ballew Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Erika Torres-Hernandez Stone Child College
Marilyn Francisco Tohono O’odham Community College
Cassandra Trottier Turtle Mountain Community College
Gene Declay United Tribes Technical College
Desiree Linden White Earth Tribal and Community College

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship recipients are as follows:

Michelle Lonebear Aaniiih Nakoda College
Francis Gardner Bay Mills Community College
Alycia Thomas Blackfeet Community College
Chelsea Young Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Lloydine Runsabove Chief Dull Knife College
George Otradovec College of Menominee Nation
Shannon Calderon College of the Muscogee Nation
Tevin Tso Diné College
Vienna Kagak Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Nathan White Horse Fort Berthold Community College
Ellissa Cyr Fort Peck Community College
Kassie James Haskell Indian Nations University
Laura Nicolai Ilisagvik College
Charles Rencountre Institute of American Indian Arts
Dylan Friisvall Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Melissa Ashmun Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Daniel Gurske Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Holly Rabbit Leech Lake Tribal College
Helen Real Bird Little Big Horn College
Frederick Harden Little Priest Tribal College
Michelle Becenti Navajo Technical University
Elaine Provost Nebraska Indian Community College
Tara Anderson Northwest Indian College
Michael Schjang Northwest Indian College
Marilee Hultgren Oglala Lakota College
Jennifer Arnold Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Michele Dennis Salish Kootenai College
Earl Peneaux, Sr. Sinte Gleska University
Alicia Amos Sisseton Wahpeton College
Briana Ebel Sitting Bull College
Arlo Werito Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Sheyenne Bauer Stone Child College
Marilyn Francisco Tohono O’odham Community College
Tracey Laducer Turtle Mountain Community College
Joshua Standing Elk United Tribes Technical College
Charles Pederson White Earth Tribal and Community College
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