New Scholarship for Native American Graduate Students
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation established a new scholarship at Montana State University to promote achievement by American Indian graduate students. The $10,000 award will go annually to a graduate student at MSU who is a Montana resident and also a member of a Montana Indian tribe.
A foundation official said he hopes the Dennis R. Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship will help students meet the needs of Montana's native communities. "The fellowships have the potential to produce immeasurable returns for the student and society as a whole," said Mike Halligan, executive director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.
According to Wayne Stein, a professor in MSU's Department of Native American Studies, Indian graduate students often face financial challenges, and fellowships such as the one funded by the Washington Foundation make a huge difference. "The money (our students) get from scholarships is often the difference in them staying or leaving the university," Stein added.