PRNewswire-USNewswire reports that in support of American Indian students’ pursuit of higher education, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) recently granted $85,000 to the American Indian College Fund to continue the Nissan Corporate Scholars Program. This program has provided scholarship support to Native scholars attending tribal colleges and mainstream universities for more than a decade.
“We are proud to continue our support to provide American Indian students the opportunity to pursue a college degree,” said David Reuter, vice president, corporate communications, Nissan Americas.
“Thanks to Nissan, more Native American students can realize their dreams of graduating from college,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help students acquire knowledge and skills that will benefit their communities and our nation as a whole.”
In addition to the grant from Nissan, the fund received another $80,000 grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation on December 7th, which will be disseminated over a period of two years, with $30,000 for scholarships each year plus $10,000 for operating support per year. A supporter since 2004, the Kalliopeia Foundation has focused on providing scholarships for tribal college students pursuing a teaching degree with the intent to serve as American Indian language instructors.
Barbara Cushing, Director of Grantmaking for Kalliopeia Foundation, said, “We support American Indian College Fund’s programs that support students pursuing a teaching degree with the intent to preserve Native language. Languages are the depositories for indigenous wisdom, and Native peoples can help us find solutions to the problems facing us through a more holistic approach to life. The preservation and revitalization of Native American languages is integral to that strategy.”
With its credo “Educating the Mind and Spirit,” the American Indian College Fund is the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students, providing an average of 6,000 scholarships annually for students seeking to better their lives and communities through education and support to the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities. For more information about the American Indian College Fund and how to apply, please visit www.collegefund.org