Mission Indian Band Gives $100,000 to College FundNov 15th, 2009 | By tcj | Category: 21-2: K-12 Education, Winter 2009, Tribal College News
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians located near Highland, CA, renewed its commitment to American Indian education with a grant of $100,000 to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) for scholarships benefiting Native students.
Fifty thousand dollars of the grant will be used for the Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund Endowment (SNSFE). The SNSFE is a permanent endowment at the Fund, which is supported by Indian nations, businesses, foundations, and individual donors to provide scholarships to American Indian students in perpetuity. The scholarships are available to students of any Indian nation who are attending either tribal colleges or other mainstream universities.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Scholarship will use the other $50,000 of the grant to support tribal college students with scholarships.
This is a second gift of $100,000 from The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “This continued commitment embodies the long history of philanthropy among American Indians. This will make a difference in the lives of many American Indian students,” says College Fund President and CEO Richard B. Williams.
“Our success as Native Nations and Indian people depends on our ability to fully engage the world as equal partners, economically, socially, and politically,” says San Manuel Chairman James Ramos.
For more information about the American Indian College Fund, visit www.collegefund.org.