A new scholarship is designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate level Native American students to pursue a degree in the fields of accounting and finance. Named the REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting and administered by the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), the scholarship will be funded through an annual commitment of $5,750 for the next four years.
The scholarship is made possible by REDW LLC, one of the southwest’s 10 largest public accounting and business consulting firms. REDW made a financial commitment of $23,000 to the AIGC.
“We are honored to have this partnership with REDW. Their commitment to Indian Country has long been noted and we look forward to this program supporting more American Indian and Alaska Native students in the accounting and finance field,” said Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center.
REDW has operated for more than 60 years in New Mexico and Arizona, and has specialized in providing services to Native American Tribes and tribal enterprises.
“We’re thrilled to once again partner with AIGC to help advance the educational ambitions of so many Native Americans seeking higher education,” says Corrine Wilson, REDW Principal and National Tribal Services Leader, also a member of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada. “Establishing this scholarship is important to REDW but has a special meaning to me personally. Through the work we’ve done with tribal governments and their enterprises for more than three decades, we understand first-hand how a scholarship given to someone wanting a career in accounting and finance can benefit not only the individual student, but the entire tribal community.”
The REDW Scholarship will support an identified student for a four-year period. Preference will be given to students attending institutions in Arizona and New Mexico and in accounting degree programs. This opportunity is merit-based and does not require a student to show an unmet financial need. The scholarship provides direct financial support and offers, personally and online, support services that are designed specifically to address the needs of American Indian students in post-secondary education. Services will include collaboration with institutional resources, community resources, and mentors where appropriate.
“Collaborations such as these guarantee success for our Native students. When businesses support academic dreams, our students benefit, our communities benefit, and our economies thrive,” said Albert.
AIGC and AIGC Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States. We award over $15 million dollars in scholarships annually and have awarded more than $200 million in scholarships since inception. We are proud to empower Native students from 500 tribes in all 50 states through educational funding and support services. We fund undergraduate, graduate and professional students at any accredited college or university in the United States. AIGC is the center for Native Scholarships.