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Tribal College creates Native American leaders fellowships
19 April 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College President David M. Gipp has announced creation of the David M. Gipp Native American Leaders Fellowship to empower the next generation of Native American Leaders.

      Fellowships will be awarded to United Tribes Technical College students who exhibit significant leadership qualities and who will clearly continue to display such qualities.

      Gipp Fellows should have clear goals about what they want to accomplish in life, and should have begun preparing for this work. Their goals must be related to the betterment of an Indian tribe or community.

      The fellowships will be geared toward students planning to return to their communities, both reservation and urban. They will be awarded based on merit and on the basis of the students most likely improve the lives of Indian people.

      Applicants must have excellent grades, some work experience, a track record of leadership, and a strong commitment to their Indian community.

      Fellows receive professional and personal skill development and will be provided with opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, fundraise, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top policy officials and leaders. They will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, clarify their career commitments, build a leadership network within the campus and extend their contacts to other leaders beyond the college.

      Fellows will begin their leadership path with a new understanding of personal potential, talent, and leadership strengths along with skills and management tools to more successfully engage in their responsibilities and step up to challenges. Fellows will receive a stipend to help with educational expenses.

      For more information about the David M. Gipp Native American Leaders Fellowship please contact Suzan O’Connell, Development Director, United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND, 58504, 701-255-3285 x 1533, soconnell@uttc.edu.