FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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December 22, 2010
December 22, 2010, Denver, Colo.—The American Indian College Fund received a $20,000 grant from the Hausman Family Charitable Trust for scholarships. Half of the grant will go to Native students studying at any tribal college and majoring in the health care fields. The second $10,000 of the grant will fund scholarships for students of any major studying at Ilisagvik College, a two-year tribal college in Barrow, Alaska which is dedicated to post-secondary academic, vocational and technical education while strengthening Inupiat (Eskimo) culture, language, values, and traditions.
Margaretta Hausman of the Hausman Family Charitable Trust said, “Our interest focuses on supporting college education for minorities as the cornerstone of the mission of the United States to provide opportunities to all to develop their talents and find ways to contribute to the greater good. My dedication to Native education stems from my experiences in Anchorage, Alaska, where my husband was stationed during the Vietnam War. I worked with Alaska Natives, and was inspired by their traditions. I was also affected by their stories of how the education system tried to remove them from their communities and support systems. I feel honored to be able to contribute to the American Indian College Fund, which enables young people to develop careers that allow them to give back to their communities, and to stay involved with their heritage. I think it is a wonderful model. I hope it will continue to prosper. “
Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the Fund, said, “The generosity of The Hausman Family Charitable Foundation will not only help American Indian students earn a college degree, but will impact Native communities. Recipients of this scholarship will help improve the health of American Indian people by providing culturally relevant health care; and Inupiat scholarship recipients in the remote area of Barrow will receive a first-class and culturally relevant education. These scholarships will help create both prosperity and hope.”