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Five UW Students Receive Northern Arapaho Scholarships


April 30, 2013 — Five University of Wyoming students are the recipients of Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships for the coming summer session and the 2013-2014 academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, 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; Shanae Lawson, a junior in elementary education from Riverton; and Aldora White, a doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction from Fort Washakie.

New scholarship recipients are Mia Holt, chemistry sophomore, Lander; and Colleen Friday, environmental and natural resources/rangeland ecology and watershed management junior, Laramie.

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 more than $1.2 million to 88 individuals, 55 of whom have earned degrees and several others 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 Debra Reed-Littlesun, UW Student Financial Aid associate director.

For more information about the Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships, contact Reed-Littlesun at (307) 766-2411 or email dreed14@uwyo.edu.

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