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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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First American Indian Alumni Scholarship 
Awarded at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: May 9, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE—The first American Indian Alumni Scholarship was awarded Friday, April 27, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         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 said.
         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.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: May 9, 2001