USA Funds awarded $200,000 to the American Indian College Fund to provide scholarship support to American Indian students attending tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the United States. The USA Funds Tribal College Scholarship Program provides 90 scholarships of $2,000 each to Native students. In the last decade, this program has helped nearly 2,000 students work toward obtaining a higher education.
“The American Indian College Fund is successfully making a difference in the lives of the students it serves by helping them realize their dreams of postsecondary education,” said Robert C. Ballard, USA Funds senior vice president, program and corporate development. Carl Dalstrom, USA Funds president and CEO, said, “In keeping with USA Funds’ nonprofit mission to enhance access to higher education, we are pleased to support the American Indian College Fund and the students it supports.”
Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance post-secondary education preparedness, access, and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. For more information about USA Funds, visit www.usafunds.org
Makueeyapee (Old Man Wolf) is a single father raising his two children from the Blackfeet Nation, where he lives on the reservation in Browning, Montana. He has a son named Natokookiiaksii (Two Medicine) Xwayama Aswan (Golden Eagle Boy) and a daughter named Ay Ayut (Beautiful) Aponii (Butterfly).
An outstanding student, Makueeyapee is a sophomore who made the dean’s list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA and received award for outstanding academic performance and dedication in composition class, is a member of American Indian Business Leaders, completed a Toastmasters Certificate for speech and leadership communication, started a traditional drum group at his college, and is an active participate in the Indian Club.
Makueeyapee’s goal to graduate from the Blackfeet Community College with an associate’s degree in Blackfeet studies and Blackfeet language, then continue his education, eventually earning a doctorate degree.
Despite his academic achievements and commitment to his studies, Makueeyapee says he struggles with transportation and child care costs as well as paying for his education.
He says, “If it were not for you, it would be so hard to go to school full time and to take care of my family while doing so. I encourage you to continue to do what you are doing so that future generations are able to succeed in the times of their worst fears. Thank you.”