FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anthony Welmas Scholarship Fund Honors Tribal Member With $219,482 Gift to The Fund
April 22, 2010
Denver, Colorado - April 22, 2010 - The Anthony Welmas Scholarship Fund was established with the American Indian College Fund to honor the legacy of Anthony A. Welmas, a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a skilled musician who played the organ, piano, percussion instruments, and accordion, and a man who was devoted to his family and his tribe who believed that education was the key to success for American Indian people and their communities.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must be a member of a federally recognized tribe with proof of enrollment; be studying in an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university for 2010-11 and provide proof of their status; have demonstrated academic achievement with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; and submit a complete application with grades, course listings, financial need analysis, and an essay by the deadline.
Romina Duran, Anthony’s sister, said, “Anthony always put the rest of us (his siblings) first and foremost. My fondest memory of him is Anthony in his room listening to his music with his earphones on and playing his tambourine, which he taped up because of the noise.”
Robert Pennington, Jr., Anthony’s brother, said, “We miss Anthony each and every day, but now through this program his memory will live on. I hope for a long time to be donating to this fund. I would like each person who benefits from this program to take the time to think about Anthony. He always talked about helping Native American peoples, not just his tribe. If you take part in this program, always remember to do your best in everything you do and try to help others as Anthony Welmas did.”