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November 15, 2003 - Issue 100


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19 Native Students Receive Wal-Mart Scholarships From the American Indian College Fund

DENVER, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nineteen American Indian students at five tribal colleges have been awarded Wal-Mart Foundation scholarships through a $10,000 contribution made to the American Indian College Fund by Wal-Mart stores and SAM'S CLUBS through their Good Works community involvement program.
The five schools are among the 34 tribally-controlled colleges and universities in 12 states that are affiliated with the American Indian College Fund. They are Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D.; Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College in Cloquet, Minn.; Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, Neb.; Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy, Neb.; and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M. The Wal- Mart scholarships ranged from $100 to $1,000 per student.

The scholarship recipients, who received their Wal-Mart stipends in the Spring 2003 term, and their tribal affiliations are:

Cankdeska Cikana Community College Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Jessica McKay, Spirit Lake Sioux
Amy Redfox, Spirit Lake Sioux
Justin Yankton, Spirit Lake Sioux

Robert Dess, Menominee
Ruth Porter, Bois Forte Chippewa

Little Priest Tribal College Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Kandyce Horn, Winnebago
Melanie Huerta, Omaha
Faith Means, Oglala Lakota
Lena Monrroy, Winnebago
Misty Nez, Winnebago
Angie Walker, Winnebago
Phyllis Ware, Winnebago

Darralynn Hill, Crow
David Jaramillo, Chemehuevi
Angeline Moore, Navajo
Varlene Wayne, Navajo
Troy Webster, Menominee

Nebraska Indian Community College

Sara Cota, Omaha
Bernerd Jackson, Omaha

Wal-Mart's underwriting of the scholarships was made in recognition and celebration of American Indian Heritage Month in November 2002. In 1990, the U.S. Congress officially declared the month of November as American Indian Heritage Month. As a consistent sponsor, Wal-Mart continues to further the American Indian College Fund's mission to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving American Indian students and raising operating funds for the tribal colleges and universities.

"These students are our future," said Delia Garcia, senior manager of corporate affairs at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. "Every one of them has tremendous potential to do great things. Wal-Mart is proud to support their educational ambitions and be part of their future success." She noted that Wal-Mart is one of the leading private employers of American Indians in the United States.

Wal-Mart also will be a sponsor of the American Indian College Fund's annual Elders Holiday Dinner serving the Denver American Indian community in December. With Wal-Mart's grant of $1,750, the Fund will be able to purchase a toy for each elder to give to a grandchild. It is a gift that gives twice. This will be the second year in a row that Wal-Mart has sponsored the popular community event which features Native dishes and a special performance by a local drum group.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, has spent more than a decade helping increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships and support to the tribal colleges. This aid directly supports more than 6,000 scholarships each year. The Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training. More information on the Fund is at .

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., operates 2,942 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and more than 530 SAM'S CLUBS in the United States. Last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., contributed more than $150 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers raised an additional $75 million with the help of our stores and clubs. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has received the 2003 Fortune magazine No. 1 Most Admired Company in the U.S., along with receiving the 2002 Ron Brown Award, the highest Presidential Award recognizing outstanding achievement in employee relations and community initiatives. More information about Wal-Mart can be located online at and . The SAM'S CLUB Web site can be accessed at . And more information about Wal-Mart's Good Works community involvement is available online at .

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; American Indian College Fund

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