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The American Indian College Fund Names 35 Native American First-Generation Scholars to Receive Coca Cola Foundation Scholarship
by Globe Newswire
Denver, CO — The American Indian College Fund and the Coca Cola Foundation honored 35 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2017-18 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship banquet at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship was established for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The scholarships are renewable throughout the students' tribal college careers if students maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and show strong participation in campus and community life.

The following tribal college and university students were honored at the banquet for the 2017-18 academic year:

Aaniiih Nakoda College
                Thomas Medicine Bear

Little Priest Tribal College
                Shamika Benally

Bay Mills Community College
                Alea Ward
Navajo Technical University
                Dolly Goodman
Blackfeet Community College
                Laura Kipp
Nebraska Indian Community College
                Vandy Merrick
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
                Lisa Jackson
Northwest Indian College
                Sheila Cooper
Chief Dull Knife College
                Cross Bearchum
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
                Tammy Hammer
College of Menominee Nation
                Sabrina Hemken
Oglala Lakota College
                Lindsay Masquat
College of the Muscogee Nation
                Lucille Briggs
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
                Jennifer Arnold
Dine College
                Felisha Adams
Salish Kootenai College
                Irene Augare
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
                Julie Isham
Sinte Gleska University
                Johnna Waln
Fort Peck Community College
                Jeromy Azure Jr
Sisseton Wahpeton College
                Raegina Renville
Haskell Indian Nations University
                Thomas Berryhill
Sitting Bull College
                Kaylie Trottier
Ilisagvik College
                Sarah Chagnon
Sitting Bull College
                Helen Wilkinson
Institute of American Indian Arts
                Lashawn Medicine Horn
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
                Genevieve Waquie
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
                Joshua Robinson
Stone Child College
                Jennifer Wolf Chief
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
                David Butler
Tohono O'odham Community College
                Ashley Jose
Leech Lake Tribal College
                Alicia Bowstring
Turtle Mountain Community College
                Shania Jeanotte
Little Big Horn College
                Marissa Roth
United Tribes Technical College
                Brittany Whitebird
White Earth Tribal and Community College
                Shelly Weaver

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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 more than 28 years. The College Fund believes "Education is the answer" and provided 6,548 scholarships last year totaling $7.6 million to American Indian students, with more than 125,000 scholarships totaling over $100 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 received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator 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

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