FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
General Mills Foundation Donates $60,000 to American Indian College Fund
June 2, 2010
Denver, Colorado – The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) has received a generous donation from the General Mills Foundation to continue their support of higher education for Native students. The $60,000 grant will continue the General Mills Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program and will provide scholarships to students attending tribal colleges in Minnesota and New Mexico.
In addition to scholarships, a portion of the grant will be used to administer the Fund’s Helping Hands program. This program provides encouragement through one-on-one communication with the Fund staff aimed at increasing overall student success and retention rates. This aspect of programming includes making contact with students via telephone, e-mail, or U.S. mail on average at least once a month. Through the efforts of the Helping Hands program, the General Mills Tribal College Scholarship Program experienced an overall retention rate of up to 90 percent in recent years.
About the General Mills Foundation
The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating more than 50 years of giving, is to nourish communities. In fiscal 2009, General Mills awarded $91 million to communities across the country, representing more than 5 percent of company pretax profits that year. Of the total, the Foundation contributed $21 million in grants in the targeted areas of hunger and nutrition wellness, education, social services, and arts and culture. In addition, 82 percent of employees volunteer in the communities where they live and work.