Accenture's American Indian Scholarship Fund to Provide $125,000 to Students Seeking Support for Post-Secondary Education

NEW YORK; Nov. 1, 2010Fourteen American Indian students from across the United States will continue their undergraduate and graduate education with the help of more than $125,000 in scholarship funding from Accenture’s American Indian Scholarship Fund.
“The Accenture American Indian Scholarship fund is a critical resource for American Indian and Alaska Native scholars who want to pursue a higher education but 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. “This year we are honored to support fourteen talented students who 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 awards funding to the 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 seven undergraduate Accenture Scholars will receive scholarships toward completing four-year baccalaureate degrees:

  • Blake A. Avery of the Koniag Tribe and Anchorage, AK is attending Notre Dame University
  • Nicholas W. Barrs of the Choctaw Tribe and Talihina, OK is attending St. Gregory’s University
  • Zachary L. Ellison of the Cherokee Tribe and Wagoner, OK is attending Oklahoma State University
  • Katrina Monta of the Ketchikan Indian Corporation and Ketchikan, AK is attending the University of Alaska
  • Jake D. Sagg of the Navajo Nation and Teec Nos Pos, AZ is attending Northern Arizona University
  • Shannon R. Stough of the Tlingit Tribe and Palmer, AK is attending Cornell University
  • Dannen S. Wright of the Cherokee Tribe and Claremore, OK is attending the University of Oklahoma
 The following seven graduate Accenture Fellows will receive scholarships toward completing advanced or professional degrees:
  • Nicholas Blundon of the Siletz Tribe and Corvallis, OR is attending Oregon State University
  • Amy Cope of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Pittsford, NY is attending Simon School at the University of Rochester
  • Julianne Dixon of the Choctaw Tribe and Bishnik Choctaw, OK is attending Fordham University
  • Mitchell Healy of the Assiniboine Tribe and Harlem, MT is attending University of Maryland’s University College
  • Leland Lopez of the Navajo Nation and Orem, UT, is attending the University of Utah
  • Alicia Ortega of the Santa Clara Pueblo and Espanola, NM is attending the University of New Mexico
  • Taurra SunEagle of the Pawnee Tribe and Taylorsville, UT is attending American University
“Through supporting educational achievement, our goal is to help these young men and women acquire the skills they need to succeed in life and give back to their communities,” said LaMae Allen deJongh, managing director of U.S. Human Capital and Diversity at Accenture.  “On behalf of Accenture, I’d like to congratulate these future leaders on this wonderful accomplishment and wish them continued success on their academic journey to successful careers.”
Accenture’s American Indian Scholarship Fund reflects the company’s overall corporate citizenship initiative, “Skills to Succeed.” Last month, Accenture pledged to equip 250,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business by 2015. This goal reflects the company’s commitment to make a sustainable difference to the long-term vibrancy and vitality of individuals, families and communities around the world.
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 204,000 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 is committed to equipping 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$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010.  Its home page is

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