American Indian Graduate Center Honors Champions of Higher Education

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(Left to Right) Dr. Grayson Noley (AIGC Board), Steve Stallings (Wells Fargo), Sam Deloria (AIGC Director), Dr. Darlene Sorrell (AIGC Alumna), Bruce Bleakman (REDW). Honoree unable to attend, Dr. Wayne Watkins (AIGC Alumnus)

(Left to Right) Dr. Grayson Noley (AIGC Board), Steve Stallings (Wells Fargo), Sam Deloria (AIGC Director), Dr. Darlene Sorrell (AIGC Alumna), Bruce Bleakman (REDW). Honoree unable to attend, Dr. Wayne Watkins (AIGC Alumnus)

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Indian Graduate Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, recognized leaders in Native American education advancement at its annual reception in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Amerian Indian advocates, alumni of the American Indian Graduate Center, and supporters of the organization were honored at the annual event.

Honorees included:

  • REDW and Bruce Bleakman – REDW, a business and financial advisement firm, and Bleakman, who is an expert in accounting and financial reporting for tribal governments, together were honored as generous supporters of various initiatives in Indian Countr
  • Dr. Grayson Noley (Choctaw Nation) – Noley is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a master’s and doctorate degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has authored more than two-dozen journal articles and book chapters and served for 13 years as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Oklahoma
  • Wayne Watkins – Watkins is an alumnus of AIGC who supports the “Power of Scholarship” through continuous donations to the organization
  • Dr. Darlene Sorrell (Navajo Nation) – Sorell is also an AIGC alumna and serves as the Director of the Albuquerque Indian Health Service Dental Clinic at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
  • Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) – Stallings is a Senior Vice President and Director of Wells Fargo’s Native American Banking Services Group. He is a key player in scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.

“There is a tremendous community of distinguished professionals, educators, and advocates of American Indian higher education,” said Sam Deloria, Director of the American Indian Graduate Center. “We honor these individuals for their commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and for their leadership in strengthening the power of scholarship.”

Over its lifetime of 45 years, the American Indian Graduate Center has given more than 15,400 scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who now hold high-ranking positions.

The American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. The American Indian Graduate Center is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students and has awarded more than $52 million in scholarships in the 44 years since its inception. 

 

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