Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Donates $50,000 to the American Indian College FundJul 14th, 2016 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has made a donation of $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund, the nation’s largest and highest-rated American Indian scholarship organization. This donation is being used to improve American Indian access to higher education through scholarship support.
“In order for Native communities to prosper, we need to invest in our children and grandchildren’s higher education,” says SMSC chairman Charlie Vig. “The American Indian College Fund is an excellent investment in making that priority a reality.” The SMSC has contributed $2.74 million to the American Indian College Fund over the past 20 years. These gifts have endowed the College Fund’s Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund, established the SMSC Tribal College Scholarship Program, and most recently helped to support a nationwide campaign, Stand with Native Students, which is geared to create equity in higher education for American Indian students. Currently only 13% of American Indians age 25 and older have a college degree, compared to 29.3% of the overall population. The College Fund is working to increase that number.
“With their continued support of the College Fund, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community shows they are committed to the importance of ‘education is the answer’ and to solving the challenges that Native peoples face as tribal citizens,” says College Fund president Cheryl Crazy Bull, adding, “With an education, American Indians can provide for themselves and their families; improve health and wellness; and promote quality programs and services. We are honored to be a partner in their commitment to higher education for Native students.”