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DENVER, Colo. – The UPS Foundation awarded the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) $128,000 for scholarships benefiting American Indian students for 2008-09 academic year scholarships.

John Cooper, employee relations manager at UPS in Denver, along with the Fund’s UPS delivery driver, Vince Barajas, presented Richard B. Williams, president and CEO of the Fund, with the check. In appreciation, Williams wrapped Cooper in a wool Pendleton day and night blanket, as is customary among American Indian tribes when honoring an individual. “Thank you for your generosity and for helping our students,” Williams said.

Cooper, who smiled broadly as he delivered the gift, said, “This money is going to great use, and I love delivering money.”

The grant will support qualified American Indian students by providing financial resources to encourage them to complete a college degree. With an education, students can build a better life for themselves, their families, and make valuable contributions to their communities and nation.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. The UPS Foundation has identified literacy, hunger relief and volunteerism as its focus areas.

In 2007, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.4 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the American Indian College Fund, and provides support for building stronger communities nationwide.

“UPS has a long-standing commitment to making communities all over the world better by supporting organizations and engaging more than 400,000 employees in community service worldwide,” said Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation. “Together with non-profit partners such as the American Indian College Fund, we work to make a positive impact on the loves of people in need.”