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.
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 Campbell, James Roybal, Arlo Namingha (Tewa/Hopi), Dale Chihuly, Upton Ethelbah Jr. (Santa Clara Pueblo/White Mountain Apache), Kevin Box, Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw), Anthony Gchachu (Zuni), and Nocona Burgess(Comanche), among others.
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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