October 06, 2008
Accenture Awards Scholarships to Eleven Exceptional American Indian Students

Scholarships provide more than $125,000 to support graduate and undergraduate education
NEW YORK; Oct. 6, 2008 – Eleven American Indian students from across the United States will continue their education with the help of more than $125,000 in scholarship funding from Accenture’s American Indian Scholarship Fund.  The students will be honored at an all-day event at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. on October 10.
More than 110 students applied for this year’s scholarship program, established by Accenture in 2004.  The program looks for the highest-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in technology, professional and business fields.  Candidates are evaluated based on academic excellence, leadership ability and a commitment to American Indian culture and community.  The candidates are also required to provide proof of enrollment in a federally recognized American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe.
“This year’s candidate pool was extremely impressive and filled with deserving students,” said Randy Willis, senior executive sponsor of Accenture’s American Indian employee resource group.  “Our review process identified our eleven final candidates as exceptional men and women with a strong ability to represent – and give back to – the American Indian community.  We are honored to assist them.”
The following six Accenture Scholars will receive undergraduate scholarships toward completing four-year baccalaureate degrees:
·         Lauren Adams (Saint Regis Mohawk), of Hogansburg, NY, will attend Clarkson University
·         Brandi Ahmie (Pueblo of Laguna), of Laguna, NM, will attend the University of New Mexico
·         Mariah Emery (Rosebud Sioux), of Mission, SD, will attend Sinte Gleska University
·         Bonnie Hess (Muscogee), of Claremore, OK, will attend Oklahoma State University
·         Molly Erwin (Chickasaw), of Durant, OK, will attend Southeastern Oklahoma State
·         Aimee Pond (Oglala Sioux), of Pine Ridge, SD, will attend University of Wyoming
Additionally, the following five Accenture Fellows will receive graduate scholarships toward completing advanced or professional degrees:
·         Felicia Frizzell (Mescalero Apache), of Mescalero, NM, will attend University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
·         Lucas Cheadle (Chickasaw), of Los Angeles, CA, will attend Yale University
·         Crystal Allen (Fallon Pointe Shoshone), of Fellon, NV, will attend Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
·         Amber Penn-Roca (Chehalis), of Oakville, WA, will attend University of Washington Law School
·         Robert Humble (Cherokee), of Cambridge, MA, will attend Harvard Business School
In addition to the scholarships, these recipients will be eligible for summer internships with Accenture as first-year graduate students or junior-year undergraduate students.
“These scholarships are one part of Accenture’s commitment to the American Indian community in the United States and of our global inclusion and diversity program,” said Andre Hughes, managing director for U.S. Human Capital and Diversity at Accenture.  “We’re pleased to support the success of this year’s candidates.”
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  With more than 186,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2008.  Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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