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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 9, 2002 - Issue 56


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Endowment set for dance
The University of Oklahoma School of Dance held a champagne reception in Oklahoma City recently to celebrate the establishment of the Indian Ballerina Scholarship Endowment and to honor Yvonne Chouteau, longtime prima ballerina and co-founder of the OU School of Dance.

The scholarship endowment was developed to provide competitive scholarship assistance for exceptional students while honoring the artistic legacy of the five illustrious Indian ballerinas from Oklahoma including Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin, Maria Tallchief and Marjorie Tallchief.

The OU School of Dance was founded in 1961 by Yvonne Chouteau and her husband, Miguel Terekhov, a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


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"The American Indian College Fund Receives Grant From the UPS Foundation"
"The American Indian College Fund today received a $32,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of the United Parcel Service. The grant will be used for scholarships for Native American students attending tribal colleges across the United States.

"We are deeply appreciative of the continuing support from UPS," said Richard Williams, executive director of the Denver-based non-profit organization. "This funding will enable students attending tribal colleges to pursue their goals in higher education which will in turn have a direct impact on native communities."

Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. The Atlanta-based foundation's major initiatives currently include programs that support family and workplace literacy, prepared and perishable food distribution and increased nationwide volunteerism.

"The spirit of UPS and our employees has always been to provide great service -- and that includes service to the communities in which we live and work," said Evern Cooper, President of the UPS Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Relations. "Our approach is to apply financial and human resources as part of our effort to address the educational and human welfare needs around the world. UPS's support of the American Indian College Fund reflects our shared vision and commitment to improve our communities."

In 2001, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $40 million worldwide. Of that amount, more than $20.5 million was awarded through the Corporate Grant Program, $3.1 million was distributed through the Region/District Grant Program, $2.5 million was awarded through the Community Investment Grant Program, and $9.3 million was donated to United Way. Last year, The Foundation distributed $4.8 million in local charitable giving.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, has spent morethan a decade helping to increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based non-profit distributes scholarships and support to tribal colleges across the country. This aid directly supports more than 5,000 students in achieving their college education. The College Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training."

SOURCE The American Indian College Fund



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