Heritage University reaches goal to create scholarship endowment for Native Americans
TOPPENISH, Wash. — A $65,000 donation has allowed Heritage University to reach its goal of creating a $1.5 million endowment for Native American student scholarships.
They recently received the grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It will be combined with matching funds from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and other private donors, to create the endowment which supports scholarships for indigenous students studying business and entrepreneurship.
In 2016, Heritage and JSF set the endowment fundraising effort in motion when Heritage committed to raising $1 million over three years and JSF pledged to match funds of $500,000.
“Not only will students’ lives be enhanced through education, but the lives of their families and then through the business enterprises that they begin. They will touch thousands and thousands of people overtime,” said David Wise, Vice President of University advancement at Heritage.
Dr. Maxine Janis, president’s liaison for Native American Affairs at Heritage University, said she’s grateful for the support because this will open more opportunities for Native American students.
“I think that as we move forward we’re going to see greater number of Native students coming here as a result of this,” said Janis.
University officials said it will fund about 15 to 20 Native American students each year.
To find out more about this scholarship endowment, you can call David Wise, Vice President of University Advancement at 509-865-0717 or Wise D@Heritage.edu.