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Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholars Named at UW

April 22, 2011

Nine University of Wyoming students are the recipients of Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships for the coming summer session and academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony, Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in Salon A of the UW Conference Center, located at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Current recipients of the endowment scholarship who will continue to receive support for the coming year are Melvin Arthur, social work senior from Ethete; Ernest Lawson, American Studies and Environment and Natural Resources senior, Kinnear; Marrisa Goggles, criminal justice senior, Fort Washakie; Bryan Ouray, business administration master's degree candidate, Herndon, Va.; and Yufna Soldier Wolf, anthropology senior, St. Stephens.

Past scholars returning for graduate education and receiving support are Rachel Felter, social work, Arapahoe; and Elizabeth Jude Haas, education, Lander.

New recipients are Stephanie Hanway, English junior, Riverton; and Leslie Underwood, psychology senior, Fort Washakie.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment scholarship program was created in 1987 when the Northern Arapaho Tribe gave $500,000 to UW. The gift was matched by the state, creating a $1 million endowment, which annually produces income for the scholarships. The endowment today has a market value of $1.91 million and has provided support of more than $1.8 million to 86 individuals, 54 of whom have earned degrees and several more who are currently enrolled.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment at UW was established to help students from the Northern Arapaho Tribe gain formal knowledge, skills and abilities.

"The spirit of the award assumes that the recipients have, as part of their ultimate goals, some direct participation, appropriate to their educational background, in activities that will further the common good of the Arapaho people," says John Nutter, office of the UW vice president for Student Affairs.

For more information about the Northern Arapaho Endowment scholarships, call Nutter at (307) 766-5123.

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