American Indian Graduate Center gains partner for new annual student scholarship

Left to Right: Steve Stallings (AIGC Board Member), Gwen Salt (CNIGA Scholarship Recipient), Angelique Albert (AIGC Executive Director. The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) has partnered with the California Nations Indian Gaming Association to administer an annual scholarship. The CNIGA Seven Generations Scholarship Fund will award a $2,000 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student in California pursuing a degree in gaming, hospitality management, public policy, or public administration.Photo courtesy: American Indian Graduate Center

American Indian Graduate Center and California Nations Indian Gaming Association will award a $2,000 scholarship

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American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) has partnered with the California Nations Indian Gaming Association to administer an annual scholarship. The CNIGA Seven Generations Scholarship Fund will award a $2,000 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student in California pursuing a degree in gaming, hospitality management, public policy, or public administration.

Gwen Salt, a tribal member of the Navajo Nation who is pursuing a Master in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, will be the inaugural recipient of the award. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the 2019 scholarship.

“We are extremely excited to partner with CNIGA. This opportunity will empower Native students in gaming, hospitality management, public policy, and public administration,” says Angelique Albert, Executive Director for AIGC. “The American Indian Graduate Center has proudly worked with members of California Nations, as well as California-based colleges and universities for the past 50 years. We are honored to now be working with one of the most significant organizations and its member tribes to implement educational scholarships.”

“CNIGA has a long history of empowering Tribal Nations and Native peoples in California, and education is one of the most important opportunities for advancement. We are delighted to dedicate these scholarship resources to help our student achieve their academic goals.” says Susan Jensen, Executive Director of CNIGA.

About the American Indian Graduate Center

AIGC and AIGCS are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaska Native students, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For 50 years, AIGC has empowered Native students from 500 tribes in all 50 states. AIGC funds undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in any field at any accredited institution. AIGC students graduate at significantly higher rates than the national average (our SPGSF program graduation rate is 95%; our GMS graduation rate is 69 %; the NCES AI/AN graduation rate is 41%).

About California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA)

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), founded in 1988, is a non-profit organization comprised of federally recognized tribal governments. CNIGA's mission is to protect the sovereign right of tribal governments to operate gaming on federally recognized Indian lands. CNIGA acts as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative, policy, legal and communications efforts on behalf of its members and serves as an industry forum for information and resources.

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