Montana State University Among Top Universities for Native American Students

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Indian Country Today just released a list of the top 5 universities that can appeal to Native American students who might be facing financial problems.

Montana State University made it to the list because of its scholarship and financial-aid programs.

MSU has also been named one of the country’s top 100 colleges that produce graduates who are in the minority.

The university is home to many sought-after programs, and Native American students are offered scholarships under such degrees like education, natural resources and rangeland ecology, and sustainable food production.

The college also has a very supportive and impressive Native American Studies program headed by Dr. Walter Fleming, who was born on the Crow Indian Reservation.

He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History, and he also serves as associate curator of history at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

Former MSU president, Geoff Gamble, had wanted his university to be a large participant in making quality tertiary and higher education more accessible to Native American students.

Current president Waded Cruzado wanted to make this dream a reality ever since she took the office in July 2010.

Cruzado said that the school dedicated a lot of resources to attract, retain, and support Native American students in the university.

She also said that the university takes this responsibility very seriously, and that it was important that all their students, regardless of cultural or religious background, feel that they are safe and are part of a huge and warm family inside the school campus.

MSU has many programs that support Native American studies, like Caring for Our Own, the ILEAD (Indian Leadership Education and Development), Wanji Oyate programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, American Indian Research Opportunities, the McNair Program for Undergraduate Scholars, EMPower STEM Peer Mentoring Program, and TRiO Support Services.

With the overwhelming support and opportunities, just this year, two MSU students, out of 60 from over 49 colleges, were chosen for the prestigious Udall Scholarship from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall foundation: Montana Duke Wilson and Elva Faye Agnes Dorsey.

Dean of MSU Honors College, Ilse-Mari Lee, expressed how proud the school is for having their students chosen.

Lee continued to say that Wilson and Dorsey both had amazing contributions to the community, and deserved such prominent recognition.

Montana State University has over 600 Native American students.

Every year, these students can make use of financial aid and support in the form of the tuition waiver, Tribal Homelands Scholarship, McNair Scholars Program, and more.

While MSU leads in its impressive number of programs for Native American students, other universities were also given recognition in the Indian Country Today list, such as:

  • The University of Maine, which offers resident Native American students tuition waivers
  • Humboldt State University in California, whose Indian Natural Resources, Science, and Engineering Program (INRSEP) provides support to students with low income and underrepresented backgrounds, especially the indigenous students
  • UCLA also offers programs in Indian law, sociology, and other programs in the university’s American Indian Studies
  • The University of Tulsa, which offers an online master’s degree program in Jurisprudence on Indian Law
Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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