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Non-Profits Launch Scholarship for Native-American Students

Two non-profits are collaborating to create a scholarship that will extend financial aid to Native American students in getting postsecondary education.

Lannan Foundation of Santa Fe, New Mexico has given a $3 million gift to the American Indian College Fund to create an endowment that will help native-American students to attend tribal colleges and universities.

“Tribal colleges and universities, in many respects, are the center of hope for Indian country and Indian people in the United States,” Foundation President Patrick Lannan said.

“The American Indian College Fund makes a good future for tribal college students much more viable.”

A recent survey by the College Fund and Gallup found nearly 74 percent of graduates from tribal colleges and universities taking up careers that serve their communities.

Currently, the College Fund supports more than 35 TUCs serving people who live in remote, rural communities through capital and programmatic support and scholarships.

“It has been my personal pleasure to know Patrick Lannan and Lannan Foundation for many years, witnessing their path as an organization committed to social justice and the voices of disenfranchised people,” Cheryl Crazy Bull, President, and CEO of the American Indian College Fund said.

“This gift to our students’ successful college experiences through a scholarship endowment is but another example of that commitment,” he added.

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