MAILED: May 9, 2001
EAU CLAIRE—The first American Indian
Alumni Scholarship was awarded Friday, April 27, at the University of
Odawa White, a professional development in education
graduate student from Hayward, received the scholarship for his
outstanding contributions to UW-Eau Claire and his community. White is a member
of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
“Odawa is an excellent role model on campus and has
ties to many different university departments,” said Marge Hebbring, American
Indian academic and student services coordinator.
White received his bachelor's
degree in psychology and American Indian studies in December 1999. He then
returned to his home to work with special education students at Lac Courte
Oreilles schools. White came back to UW-Eau Claire for his master’s degree
because of the opportunity to stand as a role model for future generations.
“It is really important for Indian people to strive in
education and to work hand in hand with their tribes,” White said. “It feels
great to receive this scholarship because people are giving me the opportunity
to do that.”
UW-Eau Claire American Indian studies alumni created the
American Indian Alumni Scholarship for UW-Eau Claire students involved in the
American Indian studies program. This American Indian scholarship is unique in
that recipients do not have to have a tribal membership.
“We wanted to create a scholarship that would help
students financially, even if they were not affiliated with a tribe,” Hebbring
White also received the Chuckie Graves Scholarship in
December of 1997 and the UW-Eau Claire Student Leadership Award in February
1999. The $500 American Indian Alumni Scholarship will be applied to White’s
fall semester tuition and fees.
Hebbring and James Vance, director of the American Ethnic
Coordinating Office, chose this year’s recipient.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 9, 2001