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American Indian College Fund Honors 35 Tribal College Students of the Year

Students Awarded $1,200 Scholarship Funded by Adolph Coors Foundation


April 16, 2020

Denver, Colo., April 15, 2020—The American Indian College Fund honored 35 tribal college and university students named Student of the Year at their respective higher education institutions with a $1,200 scholarship. The American Indian College Fund Student of the Year Program is sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation.

“The Adolph Coors Foundation is honored to recognize one outstanding student from each of the 35 Tribal Colleges along with an outstanding Tribal College Leader through our Student of the Year Scholarship Awards” said Carrie Tynan, Executive Director of the Adolph Coors Foundation. “The Foundation is proud of our long-time partnership with the American Indian College Fund and commends these award recipients for their outstanding academic achievements.”

The 35 Tribal College and University Students of the Year for 2020 and their respective colleges and universities are as follows:

·         Caralina Antone, Tohono O'odham Community College

·         Lyndsey Blanco, Ilisagvik College

·         Jonathan Catch The Bear, Sitting Bull College

·         Cal Christian, Fort Peck Community College

·         Caitlyn Davis, Turtle Mountain Community College

·         Shania Delille, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

·         Rocky DuBray, Blackfeet Community College

·         Spring Gray Bear, United Tribes Technical College

·         Bheri Hallam, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

·         Heron Hargreaves, Little Priest Tribal College

·         Sean Henry, Stone Child College

·         Michael Iceman, Red Lake Nation College

·         Jaymie Killsfirst, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

·         Lauri Kindess, Little Big Horn College

·         Brandi Krogman, Sinte Gleska University

·         Samantha Lackey, College of the Muscogee Nation

·         Shannell Lavallie, Salish Kootenai College

·         Jolie Leaf, Cankdeska Cikana Community College

·         Christa Lyons, College of Menominee Nation

·         Tysa Marlow, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

·         Tiana Martinez, Haskell Indian Nations University

·         Christy Max, Sisseton Wahpeton College

·         Nylana Murphy, Navajo Technical University

·         Jamison Nessman, White Earth Tribal and Community College

·         Jandy Pierre, Northwest Indian College

·         Cynthia Plenty Bull, Oglala Lakota College

·         Jennifer Ross, Nebraska Indian Community College

·         Derek Santos, Institute of American Indian Arts

·         Shawna Semmens, Leech Lake Tribal College

·         Shiree Strange Owl, Chief Dull Knife College

·         Bryce Stiffarm, Aaniiih Nakoda College

·         LeTanya Thinn, Diné College

·         Sydni Voakes, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

·         Lawrence Wakemup, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

·         Crystal Willis, Bay Mills Community College 

About the American Indian College Fund—Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 30 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer" and provided $7.72 million in scholarships to 3,900 American Indian students in 2018-19, with nearly 137,000 scholarships and community support totaling over $221.8 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.

Reporters: The American Indian College Fund does not use the acronym AICF. On second reference, please use the College Fund.

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