The Minnesota-based Donaldson Foundation has established the Donaldson Foundation Tribal College Scholarship Program with the American Indian College Fund to provide scholarships to American Indian students studying science, technology, engineering, or math at tribal colleges and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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Today, Dianne is a straight-A student studying environmental science, but her success was never certain because of her struggles with poverty. Many years ago, Dianne says she was attending Moorhead State College and relying on odd jobs to pay her way through school. When her old, unreliable car died, she could no longer afford to stay enrolled, and instead she followed odd jobs wherever she could to support herself and her four daughters over the following years. Her work took her as far away from home as California and to Michigan.
Years later, Dianne decided to give school a try again, but a series of misfortunes, including health issues and a car accident, derailed her dreams again. It wasn’t until the spring of 2010 that she found her way back to college in her home of Minnesota, this time at White Earth Tribal and Community College, “and I have been on an education high since then,” Dianne says. She was chosen to work on NASA research project over the summer as a student intern. As part of her duties, she worked with grade school children teaching them the skills she learned from NASA, including photography and GPS navigation. Dianne also traveled to Denver and San Jose in the fall of 2011 to present her research on Lower Rice Lake, Minnesota, where she studied wild rice and aquatic vegetation.
“This past year has been the most exciting and rewarding year in my whole life of accomplishments and I am very proud of myself,” Dianne says. "This scholarship was really beneficial towards my goals and educational needs to reach my Environmental Science degree. Thank you.”