Creating Visibility and Supportive Campus Environments for Native American Students

The American Indian College Fund explored how to support higher education’s role in creating safe and welcoming environments and greater visibility for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students at a convening it hosted of students, tribal college leaders and leaders from mainstream institutions of higher education (IHE), policy organizations and funders. What we heard affirmed what we already knew — for Native students to … Continue reading Creating Visibility and Supportive Campus Environments for Native American Students

November is Native American Heritage Month

The photo above was taken at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation’s annual Entrepreneurship Scholarship meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month. As you can see, we had a good turnout of JSF board members, staff and consultants and representation from almost all our nonprofit, tribal college and university partners in this program. The Entrepreneurship Scholarship program is in its 28th year and this annual convening has been … Continue reading November is Native American Heritage Month

What Coyote Stories Teach Us About Success

Among many Native Tribes in North America stories have been an important part of the oral traditions passed down over many generations. While each tribal group has stories unique to them, many times there are common themes shared by several different tribes. In the Northern Plains and Northwest U.S. these are often referred to as “Coyote Stories.” While not all stories involve Coyote, he is … Continue reading What Coyote Stories Teach Us About Success

Graduation Season is Here

There is something quite magical about this time of year. The academic regalia, the congratulatory hugs, the encouraging speeches and the familiar chords of “Pomp and Circumstance” all signal a time of transition and new beginnings. We at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation have been busy attending several year-end events, such as the Johnson Scholars celebrations at the various high schools, the dinner for the Machen … Continue reading Graduation Season is Here

Affirmation

We recently celebrated national Native American Heritage Month in November, and it offered us another opportunity to reflect upon the Johnson Scholarship Foundation’s mission to Indigenous People and its strategy to execute it. We have focused on business education since the mid-1990s, beginning with the Tribal College Entrepreneurship Scholarship, which is still our flagship program in Indian Country. The idea was that business education would … Continue reading Affirmation