Longtime supporter IBM awards 10 annual scholarships for students attending tribal colleges and universities who are studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or business as part of its focus to help bring technology to Indian Country.
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Marissa doesn’t do anything part-time. She is a full-time student in her third semester at college, where she is studying business administration and specializing in management. She is also a single full-time mother, caring for a two-year-old son and a three-month old baby. It takes tenacity to keep going with the end goal of earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration so that she can better provide for her sons, but perhaps tenacity is in her genes. After all, Marissa is a descendant of the warrior Crazy Horse.
Marissa says she felt a weight lifted off of her shoulders when she learned she would be receiving an American Indian College Fund scholarship, because she could devote her full attention to school and her children without having to juggle a part-time job. As a result of being able to focus her time and attention to her coursework, Marissa is earning honors in her classes.