The Best Buy Tribal College Scholarship Program provides scholarships to Native women studying science, technology, math, or engineering at one of the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities. The scholarship is part of Best Buy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion to increase the presence of underrepresented groups in the STEM fields.
With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Mexico, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $50 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy, Audiovisions, Best Buy Mobile, The Carphone Warehouse, Five Star, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, Napster, Pacific Sales, and The Phone House. Approximately 180,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery, and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way Best Buy does business. In fiscal 2011, the company donated approximately $25 million to improve the vitality of the communities where its employees and customers live and work.
Beverly is a single parent who decided to go back to school after she raised her daughter. After enrolling in Navajo Technical College, she says, “My grades prove to me that I can do a lot of things as long I continue and don't give up.”
Beverly is studying information technology, digital, and media technology), and has found herself falling in love with learning again. Yet with no job and no reliable transportation, Beverly says getting back into school hasn’t been easy. She has been squirreling away money left over after paying for her tuition and books with her American Indian College Fund scholarship. She plans to purchase a vehicle so that she doesn’t have to continue to hitchhike the three miles to campus during the cold winter months in northwestern New Mexico.
Beverly says she is appreciative of the scholarship assistance she has received from the American Indian College Fund because, “I consider it a 100% ASSET for me to be SOMEBODY, without that belief I wouldn't be here attending class,” Beverly says. “I know I can do it and stay with my schooling and obtain my bachelor’s degree. Thank you,” she says.