3 Native Students Receive copy0K Scholarships from Morongo Band
Three Native American students from across California have each received a copy0,000 scholarship from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians as part of the 12th Annual Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship Program.
“The Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship at Morongo was launched specifically to help reverse the trends that have left Native Americans as the most underrepresented group in colleges and universities,” Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said in a press release. “Students like this year’s recipients will be the tribal leaders of the future, and we are pleased to be helping them acquire the education and skills they need to guide and improve tribal communities for the next generation.”
Since launching the scholarship 12 years ago, Morongo has awarded $410,000 to 43 Native students. The program is unique because it is open to enrolled members of any of the more than 100 federally recognized tribes in California. The 2016 recipients are: