November 01, 2011

Accenture’s American Indian Scholarship Fund to Provide Scholarships to
Students Seeking Support for Post-Secondary

NEW YORK; Nov. 1, 2011Eight American Indian students from across the United States will continue their undergraduate and graduate education with the help of scholarship funding from Accenture’s American Indian Scholarship Fund. These scholarships reflect Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
“Grants from the Accenture American Indian Scholarship fund are awarded to American Indian and Alaska Native scholars who want to pursue a higher education and are in need of some assistance to help them achieve their goals,” said Randy Willis, senior executive sponsor of Accenture’s American Indian employee interest group and a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. “These eight talented students have excelled academically as well as demonstrated the leadership skills and personal commitment required to give back to the American Indian community.”
Established in 2004, the Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund helps support highest-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students who are pursuing degrees and careers in technology and business. Criteria for scholarships are academic excellence, leadership ability, a commitment to American Indian culture and community, and proof of enrollment in a federally recognized American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe.
The following five undergraduate Accenture Scholars will receive scholarships toward completing four-year baccalaureate degrees:
  • Ariel Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe and Miami, OK, who is attending Oklahoma State University
  • Steath Keener of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Fort Yates, ND, who is attending Bismarck State College
  • Matthew Myers of the Taos Pueblo and Albuquerque, NM. He is attending New Mexico State University
  • Krista Robertson of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Bylas, AZ, who is attending Phoenix College
  • Kyle Swimmer of the Pueblo of Laguna and New Laguna, NM, who is attending New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
The following three graduate Accenture Fellows will receive scholarships toward completing advanced or professional degrees:
  • Shannon Brown of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Dallas, OR, who is attending Willamette University
  • Veronica Lane of the Navajo Tribe and Westminster, CO. She is attending University of Denver
  • Adam Parker of the Navajo Tribe and Window Rock, AZ. He is attending Arizona State University
“By supporting educational achievement, we can help these young men and women acquire the skills they need to successfully begin a career and make a difference in their communities,” said Michael D. Scimo, managing director of U.S. Human Capital and Diversity at Accenture.  “These scholarships are a natural fit for Accenture, since growing the skills and diverse talents of our people and giving back to the communities where we live and work is paramount to our business.”
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 236,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  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.  Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011.  Its home page is
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