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Scholarship campaign underway at UTTC
13 April 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College has a new fundraising initiative underway. Earlier this year UTTC launched a $5 million fundraising campaign in the private sector for student scholarships.

      "The response has been very positive," said Brad Hawk, UTTC's Director of Major Gifts and Alumni Relations. "We're confident about reaching the goal."

Phelps, Kekahbah, and Hawk
Working UTTC's scholarship campaign is the college Research and Development Department staff: from left, Development Director Rebecca Phelps, department director Twila Martin Kekahbah, and Director of Major Gifts and Alumni Relations Brad Hawk.

      The campaign is part of the school's plan for increasing enrollment, expanding campus facilities and addressing one of the most pressing needs in Indian Country - funding for education.

      "Trends clearly indicate that Native populations are increasing. That means more demand when it comes to higher education," said Twila Martin Kekahbah, UTTC's Director of Research and Development. "For lots of reasons traditional funding sources, like the government, aren't up to meeting the need. We, and other tribal colleges, must build the relationships necessary to add support from the private sector. That's what this campaign represents."

      Phase one is to raise $1 million from donors in the local Bismarck-Mandan community; the remainder will come from regional and national contributors. Local civic and business leaders and friends of the college have signed on with pledges.

      "Most of the contributions are five-year commitments," said Hawk.

      Contacts with donors followed completion of a feasibility study. It's the first time the college has undertaken a comprehensive fundraising program in its 36-year history.

      Leading the campaign are UTTC President David M. Gipp, and James K. Laducer, President and CEO of Laducer and Associates, Inc., a computer information and management firm, Mandan, ND. Working with the college is Cordell Dick, CPA, CFRE, a fundraising consultant.

      The campaign's second phase is closest to home, said Hawk. College employees have started signing up to contribute through payroll deductions. All of the college's top administrators have made pledges.

      "College employees know what it means to the students to have financial help," said Hawk.

      The third phase, expected to begin in late summer, will be to expand the effort to prospective regional and national donors.

      "The scholarship funds are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and make better opportunities for themselves and their families," said Hawk.

 

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