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Coca-Cola Foundation and College Fund Honor 36 Scholarship Recipients

The Coca Cola Foundation and the American Indian College Fund honored 36 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2013-14 March 16th banquet.

The Coca Cola Foundation and the American Indian College Fund honored 36 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2013-14 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship banquet at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Billings, Montana on March 16.

The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship was established to fund unmet need for a Native American student’s first year in college with a $5,000 scholarship. If students maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and show strong participation in campus and community life, their scholarships are renewed every year throughout the students’ tribal college career.

“Being a first generation college student is filled with new experiences and opportunities. Our Coca Cola scholars are the first in their families to focus on receiving their bachelor’s degree and we are proud at the College Fund to partner with Coca Cola to help the dreams of these students to come true,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund.

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Noted fancy shawl dancer and American Indian College Fund staffer Tanksi Clairmont, center, Cactus Runs Above, left, and Abbilee Runs Above not pictured) entertained the crowd with their traditional Native dancing during the Adolf Coors Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation College Student banquet during the AIHEC Spring Student Conference, Sunday March 16, 2014, in Billings, Montana.

The following Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship recipients were honored at the event:

Michelle Lonebear, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Allied Health

Francis Gardner, Bay Mills Community College, Social Science

Alycia Thomas, Blackfeet Community College, Psychology

Chelsea Young, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Nursing

Lloydine Runsabove, Chief Dull Knife College, General Studies

George Otradovec, College of Menominee Nation, Business Administration

Shannon Calderon, College of the Muscogee Nation, General Studies

Tevin Tso, Diné College, American Indian Studies

Vienna Kagak, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Biology

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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute students Colton John, Sasha Toribio, College Fund Staffer Darrick Silver Smith, Demetria Simms, and Levi Chapin all attended the Annual Student of the Year/Coca-Cola First Generation Student Awards Banquet and posed in the photo booth during the 33rd Annual AIHEC Student Spring Conference in Billings, Montana, on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Nathan White Horse, Fort Berthold Community College, Business Administration

Ellissa Cyr, Fort Peck Community College, Human Services

Kassie James, Haskell Indian Nations University, American Indian Studies

Laura Nicolai, Ilisagvik College, Allied Health

Charles Rencountre, Institute of American Indian Arts, Studio Arts

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Dylan Friisvall, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Environmental Science

Melissa Ashmun, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Human Services

Daniel Gurske, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Natural Resources

Holly Rabbit, Leech Lake Tribal College, Law Enforcement

Helen Real Bird, Little Big Horn College, Human Services

Frederick Harden, Little Priest Tribal College, Environ. Public Health

Michelle Becenti, Navajo Technical University, Mathematics

Elaine Provost, Nebraska Indian Community College, Business Administration

Tara Anderson, Northwest Indian College, Human Services

Michael Schjang, Northwest Indian College, Undeclared

Marilee Hultgren, Oglala Lakota College, Social Work

Jennifer Arnold, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Liberal Arts

Michele Dennis, Salish Kootenai College, Elementary Education

Earl Peneaux Sr., Sinte Gleska University, Elementary Education

Alicia Amos, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Licensed Practical Nursing

Briana Ebel, Sitting Bull College, Human Services

Arlo Werito, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Natural Resource Mgmt.

Sheyenne Bauer, Stone Child College, Early Childhood Education

Marilyn Francisco, Tohono O'odham Community College , Liberal Arts

Tracey Laducer, Turtle Mountain Community College, Elementary Education

Joshua Standing Elk, United Tribes Technical College, Elementary Education

Charles Pederson, White Earth Tribal and Community College, Human Services