4.10.2007

Stony Brook scholarships fulfill 250-year-old promise

Stony Brook scholarships fulfill 250-year-old promise (by Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country Today - 4.4.07)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Selected students from the Shinnecock and Unkechaug Indian nations will receive four-year scholarships to attend Stony Brook University beginning this fall under a recently established Native American People Scholarship program.

The program was created at the end of December with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by university President Shirley Strum Kenny and tribal chiefs Lance Gumbs of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug Indian Nation.

"The Native American people have an extraordinary legacy in the East End communities," Kenny said, referring to the tribes' aboriginal and historical territories on Long Island. "They have enriched our history, our culture and our knowledge of the region. These scholarships demonstrate our commitment to work cooperatively with our neighbors in Southampton and the surrounding areas, and to be an important resource for them."

The scholarships will include tuition, room and board, fees, supplies and health insurance. At least one scholarship per year per tribe will be awarded with a future goal of providing scholarships to as many qualified Native students as possible, according to the MOU.

Stony Brook currently has 24 undergraduate students and 13 graduate students who self-identify as American Indian.

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