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Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholars Named at UW

April 18, 2012

Seven 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 at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Garden Ballroom 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, a graduate student in kinesiology and health from Ethete; and Elizabeth Jude Friday, adult education, graduate student, Lander. A past scholar returning for graduate education and also receiving support is Aldora White from Fort Washakie.

New recipients include Winslow Friday, a civil engineering junior from Lander; Shanae Lawson, biology, junior, Riverton; Teri Miller, elementary education, junior, Riverton; and Veronica Miller, a graduate student in literacy instruction from Riverton.

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 $1.8 million and has provided support of more than $1.7 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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