Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised Record Amount of Scholarship Support $208,000 Committed for Student Success

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin and Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper,
along with the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

Published September 23, 2017

$208,000 Committed for Student Success

SANTA FE – IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 16, 2017, raised a record $208,000 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 298 students, with the school awarding 564 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 8, 2017. IAIA President, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), along with Judith Pepper, thanked students for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

Artists who contributed works to the auctions at the Dinner included IAIA alumni Melissa Melero-Moose  (Northern Paiute) ’09, Nonabah Sam (Navajo/Tesuque) ’05 , Cara Romero  (Chemehuevi) ’05, Dan Namingha (Hopi-Tewa) ’65/’96, Tedra Begay (Navajo) ’07, Kevin Red Star (Crow) ’65 , Phillip Haozous (Chiricahua Apache) ’72, Penny Singer (Navajo) ’96,  Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’90, Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo) ’78, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) ’92; and other noted artists, such as, Ben Nighthorse CampbellJames Roybal, Arlo Namingha (Tewa/Hopi), Dale ChihulyUpton Ethelbah Jr. (Santa Clara Pueblo/White Mountain Apache), Kevin BoxPreston Singletary (Tlingit), Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw), Anthony Gchachu (Zuni), and Nocona Burgess(Comanche), among others.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation was a lead sponsor for the event.

Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper commented  “the magnitude of our Scholarship Dinner and Auction is driven by the committed Volunteer committee, IAIA staff and students, and our generous sponsors. ‘We’ is the definitive word regarding the record $208,000 raised for student scholarships. It was truly a team effort. These funds will help our students Achieve Their Dream of college education. Thank you to all.”

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