HomePublicationsCurrent NewsletterVolume 24Issue 16THE POKAGON FUND AWARDS 19 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribe announced on April 20, that The Pokagon Fund awarded just under $100,000 to 19 Harbor Country residents to attend the post-secondary institution of their choice for the 2018-2019 school year.

Of total recipients in 2018, six are adults who have been awarded a total of $30,000.  The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) program was launched in 2012 by the Fund.  Financial awards may be used for professional certificate programs, licensure, two and four-year undergraduate degrees, and graduate school.

Traditional high school scholarships represented the remaining $69,000 of distributed awards.  Although most high school students will be attending Michigan-based institutions, some will be traveling to other states including Florida and Ohio.

“Given the current student loan debt within the United States at $1.4 trillion, we hope our scholarships will lessen the financial burden on our local families,” stated Pokagon Band member Andy Jackson, who also serves on The Pokagon Fund Scholarship Committee.  “Not only has college tuition increased over the past decade, but state funding for higher education has decreased dramatically over the same period and families are hard-pressed to absorb the increasing cost,” Jackson added. 

In the past 7 years, The Pokagon Fund has granted a total of just under $700,000 in scholarship funds to support Harbor County residents. The scholarships are based on academic merit and financial need.

The Pokagon Band’s support of The Pokagon Fund extends the Tribe’s outreach to benefit communities surrounding Pokagon Band trust land and the New Buffalo area, including financial support for governments, charities, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. For more information on the Pokagon Fund, please visit it’s website.

 

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