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
"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