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June 15 is deadline for applicants for several MSU Native American scholarships

May 30, 2012

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The Department of Native American Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman has a number of $1,000 scholarships available to incoming Native students.

Walter Fleming, director of the MSU Department of Native American Studies, said that three of the scholarships are for entering freshman and one is available to entering Indian students in the Native American Studies masters program.

He said in general, the scholarships are open to Native students enrolled in a federally recognized tribe in Montana or are members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa.

The newest Native American Studies scholarship is the Pramila K. Tummala Memorial Scholarship for American Indian students majoring in a science discipline.

Fleming said that Tummala was a former reference librarian at MSU's Renne Library in the 1980s. She died in 2010 in Manhattan, Kan.

"It was her wish to establish a scholarship to assist deserving Native American students," Fleming said.

Also available to freshmen are the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarships for American Indian Students and the Bobby Wright Scholarships.

In addition, the President's Native American Excellence Scholarships for American Indian Students is awarded to Native students in the Masters of Arts program in Native American Studies. Fleming said the scholarship was established by President-emeritus William J. Tietz, MSU's ninth president who retired in 1990. Applicants must be accepted into the graduate program in order to be awarded the Presidents' scholarships.
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Application information can be found at the department of Native American Studies website, http://www.montana.edu/wwwnas/scholarships.html. The due date for consideration has been extended until June 15. For more information, contact Native American Studies at 406-994-3881 or nas@montana.edu.

Walter Fleming (406) 994-3881, wfleming@montana.edu