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Contact Randy Blauvelt
American Indian College Fund
12 New $20,000 Tribal Scholarship Recipients
Named by the American Indian College Fund
Program Created and Funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
DENVER, June 4, 2003 - Twelve American Indian college students have been
named new scholarship recipients for the 2003-2005 academic years under the
American Indian College Fund's Tribal Scholars Program, which is
underwritten by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Each scholarship
is for $20,000 to be paid over two years, and the recipients may use the
award to work toward an undergraduate degree in science, mathematics,
computer science, engineering or resource management at any U.S. college or
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation created the Tribal Scholars Program
in 1996 in recognition of the fact that many graduates of two-year tribally
controlled colleges and universities wanted to continue their undergraduate
studies at four-year institutions. In partnership with the American Indian
College Fund, the Foundation hopes to increase the number of graduates
prepared to enter careers in science and engineering by providing American
Indian students with the ongoing support they need to complete four-year
degrees and become leaders in the technical and economic development of
their tribes. The scholarship funds may be used to cover costs of tuition
and fees, room and board, books, necessary equipment and supplies, and
travel to and from home.
The new Tribal Scholars, in alphabetical order, along with their tribal
affiliations, place of permanent residence, tribal college and the college
they plan to attend or are attending are:
o Kim Black Eagle (Sisseton Wahpeton) of Frazer, Mont.; Fort Peck
Community College; Montana State University-Northern.
o Alphonso Colegrove (Hoopa Valley) of Ferndale, Wash.; Northwest Indian
College; Western Washington University.
o Mark Couture (Salish Kootenai) of Pablo, Mont.; Salish Kootenai College;
will continue at Salish Kootenai College.
o Dwayne Folden (Salish Kootenai) of Pablo, Mont.; Salish Kootenai
College; Montana State University.
o Cheyenne Garcia (Mohave/Colorado River) of Bellingham, Wash.; Northwest
Indian College; Western Washington University.
o Camille Green (Rosebud Sioux) of Sisseton, S.D.; Sisseton Wahpeton
College; Oglala Lakota College.
o Rory Griffin (Menominee) of Keshena, Wis.; College of Menominee Nation;
Rocky Mountain College.
o Stormy Hulit (Omaha) of Walthill, Neb.; Little Priest Tribal College;
Briar Cliff University.
o Edwina Melkus (Crow) of Crow Agency, Mont.; Little Big Horn College;
Montana State University.
o Anthony Rider (Gros Ventre) of Hays, Mont.; Fort Belknap College;
University of Montana-Missoula.
o Jim Sanovia (Rosebud Sioux) of Rapid City, S.D.; Oglala Lakota College;
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
o Randall Wollenhaup (Stockbridge-Munsee) of Shawano, Wis.; College of
Menominee Nation; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Two alternates also were chosen. They are:
o Claudine Goldtooth (Navajo/Diné) of Tuba City, Ariz.; Northwest Indian
College; University of Washington.
o Kimberly Paul (Blackfeet) of Browning, Mont.; Blackfeet Community
College; University of Montana.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has a long-standing commitment to
increasing participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences and
engineering, including American Indians and their educational institutions,
specifically tribal colleges. Tribal colleges are a vibrant part of the
educational landscape in America. Founded by American Indians, tribal
colleges are located on or near reservations in the midwestern and western
United States. Tribal Scholars Program recipients are nominated by their
tribal colleges and go through a rigorous selection process. More
information on the David and Lucile Packard Foundation can be found at
www.packfound.org <http://www.packfound.org>. The American Indian College
Fund, established in 1989, has spent more than a decade helping increase
educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating
the mind and spirit," the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships
and support to 34 tribal colleges in 12 states. This aid directly supports
more than 6,000 scholarships each year. The Fund also supports endowments,
developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in
Native cultural preservation and teacher training. More information on the
Fund can be found at www.collegefund.org <http://www.collegefund.org>.
Patterson T. Yazzie
American Indian College Fund
Public Education & Communications Department
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221