(Laramie, Wyo.) – Eight University of Wyoming students are the recipients of Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships for the coming summer session and the 2014-15 academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Garden Ballroom of the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue.

New scholarship recipients are Contessa Bonds, a kinesiology and health promotion senior from Riverton; Nicola Holt, an archeology junior from Lander; Sandra Iron Cloud of Ethete, a master of arts degree candidate in education, with a concentration in curriculum instruction; and Alyson White Eagle of Ethete, an energy resource management junior.

Current recipients of the endowment scholarship, who will continue to receive support for the coming year, are Colleen Friday, a rangeland ecology and watershed management senior from Laramie; Mia Holt, a chemistry junior from Lander; Shanae Lawson, an elementary education senior from Riverton; and Aldora White, a curriculum and instruction doctoral candidate from Fort Washakie.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Program was created in 1987 when the Northern Arapaho Tribe gave $500,000 to UW. The gift was matched by the state, creating a $1 million endowment that annually produces income for the scholarships. The endowment now has a market value of $2.2 million and has provided more than $1.9 million to 92 individuals, 56 of whom have earned degrees and several others who are currently enrolled.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment at UW was established to help students from the Northern Arapaho Tribe gain formal knowledge, skills and abilities.

“The spirit of the award assumes that the recipients have, as part of their ultimate goals, some direct participation, appropriate to their educational background, in activities that will further the common good of the Arapaho people,” says Debra Reed-Littlesun, UW Student Financial Aid associate director.

For more information about the Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships, contact Reed-Littlesun at (307) 766-2411 or emailĀ dreed14@uwyo.edu.