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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 20, 2002 - Issue 59


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Local Student Wins American Indian College Honors


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DENVER - Crownpoint Institute of Technology student Tommy Yazzie became one of the recipients of the annual student of the year scholarships in March.

Scholarships were awarded to tribal college students from 32 tribal colleges in a ceremony at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's spring conference.

Yazzie, who is from Continental Divide, holds at least a 3.0 grade point average and is active in his community. The $1,000 scholarship covers a half a year's tuition at a tribal college.

"This scholarship is a unique program that is helping American Indian students to realize their dreams," said Rick Williams, executive director for the College Fund.

"We are pleased to be a part of this process and are proud of the students and their achievements."

Yazzie, who is working toward an associate of arts degree at Crownpoint Institute of Technology, said education will provide avenues to contribute to his community.

"Education will give me an opportunity to help my community," Yazzie said.

The Denver-based American Indian College Fund is the largest provider of privately-funded Indian college scholarships in the country. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the College Fund was originally created to support 32 U.S. tribal colleges and universities. These unique higher education institutions are dedicated to fighting the high rates of poverty, educational failure and cultural loss confronting Native Americans.

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