Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Awards Record Number of Scholarships

Monty Little

Monty Little

Quantity and Amount Tops Previous Years

Published October 11, 2015

SANTA FE — The 2015 Fall IAIA Scholarship Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 5-8 pm in the Café in the Center for Lifelong Education on the IAIA Campus – 83 Avan Nu Po Road, eight minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe in the Rancho Viejo neighborhood.
480 awards totaling over $413,000 were given to 236 IAIA students. These included American Indian College Fund Scholarships, several IAIA Endowed and Named Scholarships, and awards from The Johnson Foundation, The Lannan Foundation, and many others.

The evening began with an opening prayer by Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), and was followed by the opening and welcome from IAIA Ambassador Alberta Nells (Diné/Chiricahua Apache). Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) provided the President’s Welcome and presented the President’s List awards. Jim Rivera (Yoeme/Pascua Yaqui) presented the Dean’s List awards, and the Keynote Address was delivered by Monty Little (Navajo Nation), IAIA Class of 2015.

The scholarships were announced by various members of the IAIA Faculty and Staff, and the evening’s activities ended with Alberta Nells delivering a closing prayer. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

“The scholarship awards night is always well received and is an important student-focused event at the start of each semester. It’s proven to be an inspirational night to celebrate students and thank our generous donors. The committee always outdoes itself with each new event and makes it better than the one prior.  We welcome student input/feedback as we know this is vital to the success of the event,” noted Lara Barela, IAIA Scholarship Committee Chair and Financial Aid Director.

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies — and a minor in Performing Arts and a graduate degree in Creative Writing — IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 524 Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges — and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by theNational Association of Schools of Art and Design.


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