FISHERS, Ind. - The Mark K. Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation announced that Aimee Pond, Charla Brown, Leland Hill, Brice Hornbeck, Christian McGhee, Alana Tillman and Arthur Vitalis have won college scholarships valued at $4,000 each. The awards were made at the Amerind All-West Native American Basketball Tournament, held recently in Denver.
Pond, a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and resident of Pine Ridge, S.D., will attend the University of Wyoming, where she will study animal science. Brown, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe of Polson, Mont., will enter a digital arts program at Salish and Kootenai College. Hill, a member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of Fort Washakie, Wyo., will enroll at Creighton University in a pre-med program.
Hornbeck, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Kyle, S.D., will study physical education at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D. McGhee, a member of Yankton Sioux Tribe and resident of Pine Ridge, will also study physical education. Tillman, a member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and resident of Fort Washakie, will study physical therapy at Silver Lake College in Wisconsin. Vitalis, also a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, is undecided about his course of study and where he will attend college. Each has been active in sports, school and community affairs, and they are outstanding students, demonstrating leadership in many ways.
In making the awards, Samuel K. Ulmer, chairman of the foundation, commented: ;'Aimee, Charla, Leland, Brice, Christian, Alana and Arthur all embody the determination and commitment to achieving a degree in higher education that was a part of the base upon which our foundation was started. We are pleased to make these awards and are confident that they will achieve their goals.''
The foundation was formed by Samuel and Nancy Ulmer after their son was killed in an accident in Fraser, Colo., 20 years ago. Ulmer was employed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as an attorney, and worked with the Office of Indian Programs in many ways. He and an associate, Dom Nessi, now chief security officer at the Los Angeles International Airport, were instrumental in starting the All-West basketball tournament in 1986.
The scholarship foundation was started in 1991 to continue the interest of the tournament founders in instilling an interest in higher education among the tournament participants.