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June 22, 2010
Denver, Colorado – The American Indian College Fund recently received a $6,000 grant from the Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Foundation. The Xcel Energy Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program will provide scholarships to Native American students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The recipients must attend one of the three tribal colleges in Minnesota: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, or White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen. Additionally, scholarships are awarded to students who have primary residency in the Twin Cities area, or whose family has primary residency in the Twin Cities area.
“Xcel Energy is happy to support this valuable scholarship program,” said Jim Garness, Xcel Energy Foundation senior representative. “The investments we are making with these scholarships will help improve Native American student opportunities, and prepare the next generation to manage the business and technical challenges of the future.”
“Thanks to the generosity of the Xcel Energy Foundation, even more American Indian students will be able to pursue academic degrees in STEM fields,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “It is because of donors like Xcel that Native scholars in Minnesota can achieve their educational and career goals.”
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.