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The Fund and AIBL Join to Support Native Students in Business Education

March 23, 2011

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 Richard B. Williams of the American Indian College Funds signs an agreement with Maurice Smith of the American Indian Business Leaders to provide support to Native students.

The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) and the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) have joined forces to work together to increase career and educational opportunities for Native students studying business. The Fund will provide business scholarship recipients a membership in AIBL, as well as $125 per student toward the students’ local AIBL Chapter to assist with travel expenses to and from the AIBL National Conference. Both organizations will also work together to increase the number of active AIBL chapters established at tribal colleges and universities across the United States.

A recently agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the organizations paves the way for future cooperation between the two organizations. The agreement is part of an effort for both organizations to increase Native business student opportunities through networking and professional education outside of the classroom setting.

“We are thrilled to be working with AIBL to increase opportunities for American Indian business students,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “AIBL is the only nonprofit American Indian organization dedicated to empowering business students in America. As such, they understand both Native cultures and the business arena, and can provide tribal college students with activities and programs outside of the classroom that stimulate, enhance, and expand our students’ education experiences to allow them to become successful in their business careers.”

AIBL will be highlighting this partnership at their upcoming 17th Annual Business & Leadership National Conference, which is taking place March 31-April 2, at the NEW Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, please visit: www.aibl.org or call 877-245-AIBL (2425).

About the American Indian Business Leaders
AIBL is the only American Indian non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States. The mission of AIBL is to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities. AIBL's spirit of success stems from our four guiding principles: Education, Leadership, Experience, and Culture. Our programs are designed to engage students in activities that stimulate, enhance, and expand educational experiences beyond traditional academic methods. All students are encouraged to participate in AIBL regardless of race, academic major, or career objectives. For more information, please visit: www.aibl.org or call 877-245-AIBL (2425).