AICRC Scholarship Fund awards $3,000.00 to Native students in Oakland
This year AICRC sought out to raise funds in hopes of offering a scholarship for Native students who have a connection to the Indian Education Center. Headed by after school academic tutor, Acacia Woods-Chan, the idea of a scholarship was spurned by the larger than usual numbers of upperclassmen looking for higher education resources. Miss Woods Chan began seeking out donations to build the fund last fall with the help of middle and high school students as a part of their youth leadership activities. Through their efforts, AICRC was able to raise $3,000.00 .
Four recipients were chosen by the AICRC board of directors and announced at the annual graduate recognition night, June 19th. Two scholarships of $1000.00 were given to Egypt Claxton and Nazshonnii Brown, graduating seniors headed to four year colleges. Egypt will attend UC Santa Cruz in the Fall to study anthropological sciences and Nazshonni is headed to Union College in New York to pursue a degree in Aeronautical engineering. Two $500.00 Scholarships were awarded to Katie Hoffman and Deborah Reyes as well. Katie is a first time community college student who will be beginning at Laney College in the Fall. Debra is a returning student, and parent who is currently attending Laney College. When reflecting on receiving the Scholarship, Mrs Reyes commented, “Applying for this gave me a unique chance to really think about my past education challenges and what I plan to do with my accomplishments. I am much honored to receive this scholarship.”
AICRC would like to recognize all the efforts that made the scholarship fund possible including generous donations from the Sycuan Band of Keneyaay Nation, Sandra La Framboise, Brad Howard, Daniel Didrickson, Shirely Murphy, Richard Flittie, Eric Paul, Jesse Hernandez, The Sacred Well, Walden Pond Books, and Fenton’s Creamery.
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients and all of the Native youth who graduated this year.
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