United Tribes NewsGandhi Peace scholarships awarded
27 October 2010
BISMARCK (UTN) - Two United Tribes Technical College students have been awarded the Sherman Brunelle/Gandhi Peace Scholarships for 2010. The recipients are Claudette Yellow (Standing Rock) and Adam Nadeau (Turtle Mountain).
The awards were presented October 2, on the 141st anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, at the Gandhi Peace Dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck.
Claudette Yellow is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Tribe. She is a single mother of four children; two are affected by autism spectrum disorders. “I spend any free time I have educating myself on the subject, learning to help my son and daughter and sharing what I know with others,” she wrote in an essay for the Gandhi scholarship.
A student in the college’s Computer Information Technology program, Yellow maintains a 3.7 GPA. She believes that information technology can be used to “reach across worlds to communicate and share ideas and our way of life with others.” She wrote that she is excited about “helping to make this a better world through the power of knowledge in world cultures and ideas.”
Adam Nadeau is from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. He is a student the college’s Practical Nursing Program with a 4.0 GPA. In his essay, he wrote that he tries to keep his impact positive to influence those around him. “The fiber that holds my moral fabric together is trust,” he wrote. “I stick to the truth because when someone’s trust is mistreated, you can never regain that bond again.”
Both students also received copies of the Gandhi autobiography, “The Story of My Experiments With Truth.” The book covers Gandhi’s life from early childhood through to 1920. One publisher designated it as one of the "100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century."
The scholarships were created in 2003 by Aruna and Vinod Seth, Bismarck, as part of the work of the Gandhi Peace Network of North Dakota, in honor of the late Sherman Brunelle, a United Tribes employee. The two $500 awards, along with other projects of the peace network, were funded by proceeds from the Gandhi Peace Dinner.
“If Gandhi was here, that’s what he would do,” said Aruna Seth in presenting the awards.
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