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Onondaga Nation To Thank Nancy Cantor For Scholarship That Gives 'Hope' To Students
by Sarah Moses -
Jennifer Ullman (left) and Alex Jimerson (right) graduated with the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship in 2011. Both are from the Seneca Nation. Regina Jones, (center) assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Syracuse University, is the leader of the Native Student Program at the university. (courtesy photo)
Elaina Powless, of the Onondaga Nation, graduated from Syracuse University in 2015.
(courtesy photo)

ONONDAGA NATION -- The Onondaga Nation will honor former Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor this evening for her role in creating the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship.

The promise scholarship was announced in 2006 by Cantor as a way to strengthen the relationship between the Haudenosaunee, which includes the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora nations, and the university.

The scholarship provides certified current citizens of any of the six Haudenosaunee nations financial assistance equal to the cost of tuition, on-campus room and board and mandatory SU fees in each year of study toward their first bachelor's degree.

"It's been 10 years and we never properly thanked Nancy Cantor for her work," said Onondaga Nation Clan Mother Wendy Gonyea.

Gonyea, the treasurer of the Onondaga Nation Education organization, said the group invited Cantor to the second annual Graduation Dinner, which will be held tonight at the community center on the Onondaga Nation. The graduation dinner honors all graduates of the Onondaga Nation School and all Onondaga Nation students who graduated from high school and college.

Gonyea said the promise scholarship has given Onondaga Nation community members a goal to work towards and it makes a college degree obtainable.

Since the start of the scholarship, 88 Haudenosaunee students have graduated from SU, according to Regina Jones, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Jones, who coordinates the Native Student Program, said nine new promise scholarship recipients will enter the university in the fall and will join 49 current promise students.

Jones said the scholarship has not only increased the number of Haudenosaunee undergrad students but it has also lead to an increase of graduate students from Native American nations.

"What this scholarship really does is give our students hope," Jones said.

Promise recipients from the Seneca Nation, Alex Jimerson and Jennifer Ullman, said they are extremely grateful for the opportunities the scholarship has given them. Both graduated in 2011.

Jimerson, 27, graduated with a degree in public health. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program in food studies at New York University. Ullman, 28, is currently employed with Seneca Gaming Corp.

"I am eternally grateful for Nancy Cantor and the Promise Scholarship, and the opportunity to attend and graduate from such a great university," Ullman said.

Elaina Powless, of the Onondaga Nation, graduated with a degree in advertising in 2015 and currently works at an advertising agency in New York City.

"I have a huge appreciation for Nancy Cantor and the opportunity I was able to receive through the promise scholarship," Powless said. "I have no idea where I would be today, but this experience has been the greatest and I feel so fortunate to be a part of graduates of the Haudenosaunee Promise.

Cantor left SU in 2013. She is currently chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark.

"The Haudenosaunee Promise was created to signal both a shared recognition of the special relationship between the Haudenosaunee and the university and a shared commitment to increase educational opportunity where it has been in too short supply for too long," Cantor said. "In that sense, the program reflects both higher education's responsibility to remain visibly open to all and the beautiful Haudenosaunee principles of striving to bring minds together and to keep future generations in mind in all things we do."

The ONE organization will present Cantor with a special gift tonight, Gonyea said.

"We were in shock when she told us about her idea for this scholarship so many years ago," Gonyea said. "She deserves to be recognized."

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