The new Muckleshoot Scholarship Program will provide $175,000 for the 2012 school year to support between 30 and 45 scholarships for Native American students at 12 institutions of higher learning.
The tribe recently announced the establishment of the Higher Education Scholarship Program.
The 12 schools are: University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington, Central Washington, Eastern Washington, The Evergreen State College, Northwest Indian College, and the following community or technical colleges: Seattle Central, Highline, Renton, Green River, and Bates.
“This new program reflects the Muckleshoot Tribe’s strong commitment to education,” Muckleshoot Tribal Council Chairwoman Virginia Cross says in a news release.
“This is especially important at a time we see the cost of higher education increasing at the same time state support is declining. The Muckleshoot Tribe views education as a lifelong pursuit, and we have invested heavily creating a seamless system of education on the reservation, from Birth-to-5 and Head Start for the very youngest to college and continuing education for adults. This new program expands the tribe’s education initiatives across the state.”