Cindy Kennedy, representing the Adolf Coors Foundation, (pictured center) poses with recipients of the Student of the Year Award at the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet photo booth during the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billings, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

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Cindy Kennedy, representing the Adolf Coors Foundation, (pictured center) poses with recipients of the Student of the Year Award at the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet photo booth during the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billings, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

34 Students Honored at College Fund Student of the Year Awards Ceremony

The American Indian 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 on March 16. The program, sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation, awarded each honoree a $1,000 scholarship.

“The Adolph Coors Foundation is pleased to support the best and brightest students representing the 34 American Indian colleges. It was our pleasure to share this special evening with the award recipients, American Indian College Fund staff, and Dr. Sherry Allison. The Adolph Coors Foundation wishes all the scholarship recipients the very best in their endeavors,” said Cindy Kennedy of the Adolph Coors Foundation.

“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 American Indian College Fund.

Brandi Scott, a Tribal Services major at College of the Muscogee Nation, accepts her award for the College of Muscogee Nation Student of the Year and is congratulated by Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund during the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet at the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billings, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (American Indian College Fund)

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Brandi Scott, a Tribal Services major at College of the Muscogee Nation, accepts her award for the College of Muscogee Nation Student of the Year and is congratulated by Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund during the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet at the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billings, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

In addition, the Adolph Coors Foundation also funded the 2014 American Indian College Fund Tribal College Honoree of the Year award. The College Fund named Dr. Sherry Allison (Navajo), president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the recipient.

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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 and was also honored at the reception in Billings, Montana.

Tribal College Staff of the Year recipient Dr. Sherry Allison, president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), poses in the middle of her students and staff representing SIPI at the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet photo booth during the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billing, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (American Indian College Fund)

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Tribal College Staff of the Year recipient Dr. Sherry Allison, president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute SIPI), poses in the middle of her students and staff representing SIPI at the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet photo booth during the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billing, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

For the past five years Dr. Allison has served as president of SIPI. She served as interim president from January to December 6, 2010, at which time she was appointed to the position of president by Mr. Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs. SIPI is one of two federally operated colleges operated by the U.S. Department of Interior—Bureau of Indian Education.

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

Corey Fox, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Computer Information Systems

Renae Carrick, Bay Mills Community College, General Studies

Josh Horn, Blackfeet Community College, Carpentry

Myron Wanna, Jr., Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Business Administration

Donald Widdicombe, Chief Dull Knife College, Business

Lloyd Frieson Jr., College of Menominee Nation, Public Administration

Brandi Scott, College of the Muscogee Nation, Tribal Services

Amanda Means, Diné College, Social Science

Jeremy Wilson, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Human Services

Michael DeVille, Fort Berthold Community College, Undeclared

David James, Fort Peck Community College, Business Administration

Bobby Crow Feather, Haskell Indian Nations University, American Indian Studies

Alison Bankston, Ilisagvik College, Allied Health

Louva Hartwell, Institute of American Indian Arts, New Media Arts

Stephanie Kozich, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Environmental Science

Jordan Isham Winrich, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Comm. College, Business Management

Vincent Morris, Leech Lake Tribal College, Liberal Arts

Riley Singer, Little Big Horn College, Business Administration

Yvette Doty, Little Priest Tribal College, Teacher Education

Malanie Begay, Navajo Technical University, Environmental Science

Samantha Goodbird, Nebraska Indian Community College, General Studies

Noelani Villa, Northwest Indian College, Native Environmental Science

Jeremy Vu, Oglala Lakota College, Social Work

Jennifer Arnold, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Liberal Arts

Loga Fixico, Salish Kootenai College, Environmental Science

Ashley DuMarce, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Business Administration

Raechel Herman, Sinte Gleska University, Business Management          

Maya St.Cyr, Sitting Bull College, Business Administration

Waylon Ballew, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Liberal Arts

Erika Torres-Hernandez, Stone Child College, Mathematics

Marilyn Francisco, Tohono O’odham Community College, Liberal Arts

Cassandra Trottier, Turtle Mountain Community College, Early Childhood Education

Gene Declay, United Tribes Technical College, Media Arts

Desiree Linden, White Earth Tribal and Community College, Early Childhood Education

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