American Indian Graduate Center Announces Power of Scholarship Honorees

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Six Power Players in American Indian Education Honored at 5th Annual AIGC Reception

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“We honor these individuals for opening doors, creating opportunity, and paving the way for American Indian graduate students nationwide,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC.

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to building capacity for individuals and tribes through graduate education, announced six honorees who were recognized at the 5th Annual AIGC Reception, marking a special milestone in the organization’s strategic initiative – The Power of Scholarship – to address the growing need for scholarships among the American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional degree community. The honorees include:

1.    Dr. Kevin Teehee, from Tahlequah, Oklahoma in the Cherokee Nation, attended medical school at Charles Drew / UCLA in Los Angeles with the support of an AIGC scholarship. He finished his training in family practice and worked for the Indian Health Service on the California Central Coast for several years. Currently, he practices emergency medicine in Los Angeles.

2.    D. Rhoades Schroeder, a long-time, generous supporter of AIGC, is a graduate of Colorado University. He entered the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea, worked for the ABC network in advertising writing, and later became Creative Director for Buster Brown Shoes. He also taught science to middle and high school students. He continues to give to AIGC because over 90 percent of donations directly serve students through scholarships and services.

3.    National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and Chairman Ernie Stevens execute the common commitment and purpose of NIGA advancing the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically. NIGA has never wavered on education being essential to that common commitment. AIGC honors NIGA for their leadership in supporting Native American higher education and the American Indian Graduate Center.

4.    The Pueblo of Jemez along with Governor Vincent Toya have had a long history of commitment to education for the empowerment of Native American people, and to sharing history, traditions and culture. Governor Toya and the people of Jemez Pueblo hosted a day of cultural learning and service for the Gates Millennium Scholars’ Alternative Spring Break Program. AIGC honors the Pueblo of Jemez because of their generous hospitality and providing these young scholars a different perspective on the importance of citizenship, social activism, and public service.

5.    Southwest Youth Services (SYS), led by Managing Director, JoAnn Melchor (Kewa Pueblo), is a non-profit organization that uses the game of soccer to grow grassroots partnerships and programming in Native communities. The organization has fostered partnerships with 42 Native American communities to provide positive youth development training tailored to individual communities. Also, as a regional coordinator for AmeriCore, SYS staff and clients were vital in organizing the 2013 GMS Alternative Spring Break Program. AIGC honors SYS for managing the highly successful 2013 GMS Alternative Spring Break Program that was life changing for many of these young scholars.

6.    Cate Stetson is founder and owner of Stetson Law Offices, P.C., a law firm that provides general legal services to tribes and tribal entities. AIGC honors Ms. Stetson, because of her long-time support, donating high end pieces of art to AIGC that raise funds for scholarships. She is a true champion of higher education for Indian students and AIGC.

“We honor these individuals for opening doors, creating opportunity, and paving the way for American Indian graduate students nationwide,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC. “Their efforts have a made a difference in our scholars’ lives and will continue to benefit the thousands of future students AIGC will serve in the years to come. They are the Power of Scholarship.”

About the American Indian Graduate Center
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students and has awarded over 16,000 scholarships totaling over $52M in scholarships in the 44 years since its inception.

To build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584

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