PR Newswire reported that IBM has granted $40,000 to the American Indian College Fund. Most of the grant continues the IBM Tribal College Scholarship Program for the 2010-11 academic year, providing scholarship support to Native American students studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business at the nation’s tribal colleges and universities.
Part of the $40,000 will help support the 2010 annual Flame of Hope Gala, which raises awareness and funds to help Native students achieve their educational and career goals.
“IBM and the Native community within is a proud supporter of many initiatives, including the American Indian College Fund in the form of scholarships for Native students attending the tribal colleges and universities,” said Michele Morningstar of IBM’s Diversity Center of Competence. “We not only want to help provide opportunities for students to attain their academic dreams but also help them pursue their personal and professional endeavors with access to the tools and technology needed to succeed in the 21st century.”
“We are honored to be a part of IBM’s philanthropic efforts,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Their longtime support of the Fund has allowed numerous Native students to obtain a college degree, and for that we are grateful.”