American Indian College Fund Honors Scholars and Tribal College President

Many students were honored recently during the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota held April 16 to 19.

The Coca Cola Foundation and the American Indian College Fund (AICF) gave 36 American Indian students $5,000 each for the Coca Cola First Generation Scholarship.

The scholarship was started to help fund the student’s first year in college.

“If a student maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average and shows strong participation in campus and community life the first year and beyond, the scholarship is renewed every year throughout her tribal college career,” reads a press release announcing the winners.

Richard Williams, AICF president and CEO, presented Kirk Glaze, the community affairs manager with the Coca Cola Foundation, a custom-beaded bolo with the Coca Cola emblem.

Iva Croff, a Coca Cola First Generation Scholarship recipient at Blackfeet Community College, gave a speech at the event. “Other than my family, I haven’t had anyone believe in me so much that they would invest in my education for three years. I will graduate this spring with my associate of arts degrees in Blackfeet language and Blackfeet studies, and had it not been for the College Fund and Coca Cola, it would have been very difficult to accomplish that in this timeframe. Thanks to them, I don’t think the word difficult was even part of my vocabulary during the past three years.”

The following students are First Generation Scholarship recipients:

Denise Aldrich, Tohono O’odam Community College

Janice Mendez, Haskell Indian Nations University

Tammi Proulx, Bay Mills Community College

Cindy Knapp, Keweena Bay Ojibwa Community College

Nicole McMullen, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Leila Northbird, Leech Lake Tribal College

Iva Croff, Blackfeet Community College

Laura Whitford, Blackfeet Community College

Anthony Morrison, Chief Dull Knife College

Shelley Schenderline, Salish Kootenai College

Jessie Bennett, Institute of American Indian Arts

Tyler Tarpalechee, Institute of Indian Arts

Lyle Etsitty, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Tiffany Shortbull, Oglala Lakota College

Sophia Renville, Sisseton Wahpeton College

Talia Graves, Northwest Indian College

Ashley Bierman, College of Menominee Nation

Teresa Blueshield, Candeska Cikana Community College

Felix Delmar, Diné College

Virgil McLaughlin, Oglala Lakota College

Alyssa Jackson, Fort Belknap College

Matthew Yellow Wolf, Fort Berthold Community College

Jayde Clampitt, Fort Peck Community College

Kivvaq Nungasak, Ilisagvik College

Anastasia Gordon, Lac Courte Oreilles Community College

Rochelle Long Soldier, Little Big Horn College

Brandon LaMere, Little Priest Tribal College

Olivia Holiday, Navajo Technical College

Lindsey Adams, Oglala Lakota College

Lucelia Fire Cloud, Sinte Gleska University

Lindsey Larson, Sitting Bull College

Sterling Chase, Sitting Bull College

Antoinette Eagleman, Stone Child College

Vincent Wilkie, Turtle Mountain Community College

Lora GreyBear, United Tribes Technical College

Victoria LaFriniere, White Earth Tribal and Community College

AICF also honored 33 Students of the Year at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship from the Colorado-based Castle Rock Foundation.

Students of the Year for each tribal college and university include:

Tamara Munz, Bay Mills Community College

Brendon Gobert, Blackfeet Community College

DeShawn Lawrence, Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Wayne Roundstone, Chief Dull Knife College

Cherie Thunder, College of Menominee Nation

Terra Harvey, Diné College

Shirley Blacketter, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Jesse Brockie, Fort Belknap College

Sarah Cavanaugh, Fort Berthold Community College

Karri Charette, Fort Peck Community College

Ordell Joe, Haskell Indian Nations University

Joseph Pikok, Ilisagvik College

Shannah Serawop, Institute of American Indian Arts

Raymond Cadreaus, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

Acacia Fawn Crow, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

Dan Jourdain, Leech Lake Tribal College

Edison Jefferson, Little Big Horn College

Brandon LaMere, Little Priest Tribal College

Jamie Henio, Navajo Technical College

Isreal Harlan, Nebraska Indian Community College

Rita Asgeirsson, Northwest Indian College

Wanda Fields, Oglala Lakota College

Brenda Walker, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Urban Bear Don’t Walk, Salish Kootenai College

Travis Jansen, Sinte Gleska University

Brendon Barker, Sisseton Wahpeton College

Harriet Blackhoop, Sitting Bull College

Calvin Silas, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Nich’e Herrera, Stone Child College

Iris Francisco, Tohono O’odham Community College

Erin Trottier, Turtle Mountain Community College

Bobby Crow Feather, United Tribes Technical College

Kyla Van Pelt, White Earth Tribal and Community College

Williams also presented Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska University and one of the tribal college movement founders, with the Tribal College President Award and $1,000 for his educational contributions.

“The education system we have is not ours [the presidents’, faculties’, and staffs’]. It is yours…it comes from you…We’re all here today in redefining and rebuilding tribal nations,” Bordeaux said after accepting his award.


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