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September 18, 2012
The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation awarded $60,000 to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) for the Achieving the Dream Scholarship Program. The program assists Native students who are single parents and/or in the first year of an associate’s degree program, attending Diné College, Navajo Technical College, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sinte Gleska University, or Oglala Lakota College. Preference is given to past Achieving the Dream Scholars. Each scholar receives a $4,000 scholarship split between fall and spring semesters.
“The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation feels very fortunate to be in a position to help the Fund further expand its efforts to provide American Indian students with opportunities for higher education – and to increase the amount of money provided to each individual student,” said SFNTC Foundation Chairman Cressida J. Lozano. “The Fund’s excellent efforts fit perfectly with the SFNTC Foundation’s long-standing commitment to support and help advance American Indian self-sufficiency and culture.”
“The continued support from the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation has helped countless Native students obtain a higher education,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “This program will continue to provide access to college for Native students and a better life.”
About the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Foundation
The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation grants financial assistance to organizations that support the preservation, promotion, and advancement of American Indian self-sufficiency and culture in the United States, including programs for the development of American Indian entrepreneurism, facilitating American Indian education (particularly college, graduate and post-graduate education), and the preservation and enhancement of American Indian languages.