Northwest Indian College Wins $1M Grant from the National Science Foundation

Aissa Yazzie

Published July 24, 2017

BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON – Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Native Environmental Science Program was recently awarded a $968,121 grant from the National Science Foundation to support student scholarships in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  The grant, “Building our Net: Fostering Resilient Indigenous Scientists and Increasing Undergraduate Retention in the STEM Field through Scholarship and Mentoring”, aims to provide direct funding to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science (BSNES) program.  The grant builds on the growing Native Environmental Science program at NWIC, which has graduated more than 60 students since it started in 2010.

NWIC, chartered by the Lummi Nation, has six extended campuses in addition to the residential campus in Lummi. It is one of 37 tribal colleges in the United States and includes a student body which represents nearly 130 Indigenous Nations.  For more information about NWIC please visit us at  To learn more about the BSNES program please visit us at:

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Barbara Lewis, Northwest Indian College

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