Business leadership scholarship fund get boost from Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Pictured Left to Right: Angelique Albert (Executive Director), Dr. Larry Gianchetta, Dave Archambault Sr., Ernie Stevens Jr. (AIGC Board Member), Prairie Bighorn.

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American Indian Graduate Center receives $5000 Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community grant for scholarship fund

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American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center announced a $5000 grant received from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today. The grant will be used to support the recently endowed American Indian Business Leaders scholarship.

The $50,000 AIBL Founders Scholarship was created as a permanent tribute to honor the dedication and support of the three founding board members, Dave Archambault, Dr. Joe McDonald and Dr. Larry Gianchetta, who have served AIBL since its creation in 1994. The annual scholarship will be for AIBL business students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who demonstrate leadership skills, cultural involvement and community service.

“AIGC is thrilled that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has contributed to this new and exciting scholarship fund,” stated Angelique Albert, AIGC Executive Director. “These funds will provide valuable opportunities to deserving Native business students and will continue the AIGC legacy of supporting emerging Native American leaders.”

The AIBL Founders Scholarship will be administered by the American Indian Graduate Center based in Albuquerque, N.M. AIGC and AIGC Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaskan Native students in the United States, providing more than $200 million since its inception in 1969. AIGC awards $15 million annually to deserving undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students.


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