Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholars Named at UW

May 5, 2008

Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships have been awarded to nine University of Wyoming students for the coming summer session and academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony Friday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

New recipients are Crystal Bearing, senior in finance from Lander; Reinette Curry, senior in elementary education, Riverton; Shelley Warren, senior in psychology, Kinnear; and Burnett Whiteplume, doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction, Arapaho.

Current recipients receiving continued support for the coming year are Ruth Bragg, senior in secondary education/social studies from Fort Washakie; Cameron Means, senior in psychology Riverton; Jennifer Platt, senior in elementary education, Lander; and James Trosper, master's candidate in counselor education, Fort Washakie.

Melissa Elk, senior in art education, Riverton, is a prior recipient who is returning to continue her education at UW.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment was created in 1987 by a gift of $500,000 from the Northern Arapaho Tribe to UW. That gift was matched by the state of Wyoming to create a $1 million endowment that produces income for the annual scholarships. The current endowment, with a $2.4 million market value, has provided support to 75 individuals, 44 of whom have earned degrees and 11 who are currently enrolled, says John Nutter in the UW Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

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

For more information about the Northern Arapaho Endowment scholarships contact Nutter at (307) 766-5123 or e-mail

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