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First Gipp Fellowships awarded
By Nathan S. Stratton, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Finance
21 May 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Two United Tribes Technical College students were named May 3 as recipients of the first David M. Gipp Native American LeaderFellowships.

      Kara Four Bear is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, mother of two and student in the Elementary Education baccalaureate program, a collaboration between United Tribes and Sinte Gleska University.

The first Gipp Fellowship award recipients Glenn Fox and Kara Four Bear with Dr. David M. Gipp, United Tribes President. United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

      Kara earned a GED in South Dakota and an AAS at United Tribes prior to enrolling in the baccalaureate program. She has been a leader in her vocational club and other programs at the college, and maintains a highly distinguished academic record. Her goal is to return home and serve as a school administrator. Kara is the first member of her family to earn a college degree.

      Glen Fox is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and father of five children. He is completing coursework to earn a Bachelors in Business Administration. He graduated from Mandan High School and completed an AAS at UTTC prior to enrolling in the bachelors' program. Glen is active in cultural and spiritual programs on campus; he leads the All Nations drum group and is Student Senate President. Glen's goal is to earn his BS and continue to graduate education. His mother is also a United Tribes graduate.

      Kara and Glen received the fellowships during the David M. Gipp Native American Leaders Dinner at Apple Creek Country Club. The guest speaker was actor/musician Gary Farmer (Cayuga) from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Six Nations Confederacy.

      The Dr. David M. Gipp Native American Leaders Fellowship is a privately funded award for select students who demonstrate leadership potential in their home communities and at United Tribes. Fellowship recipients, all of whom demonstrate high levels of academic and personal achievement, are awarded a small, renewable stipend and participate in leadership development and mentorship activities with top campus leaders and President Gipp.

      For more information about contributing to the fellowship fund, 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.


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