Student members of OCC’s Native American community have received an unprecedented level of support from the Native American Education Foundation (NAEF). The NAEF has generously given the College a $26,000 grant to be used on scholarships for Native American students. This is the third year the NAEF has provided funding to OCC students, and the amount of its support has increased each year.
In the first two years 33 students have received scholarships covering approximately half of their tuition costs for that academic year. One of this year’s recipients is Brine Rice, a freshman from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Rice is a student-athlete who is majoring in general studies and is a member of the national champion men’s lacrosse team. The assistance he’s receiving from NAEF is helping cover the costs of his tuition and books. “It’s great to have so much support,” Rice said. “I am very proud to be a recipient. Many Native American’s need the help and really appreciate it.”
Like Rice other OCC scholarship recipients are extremely grateful for the support:
- “Thank you to the Native American Education Foundation. This scholarship has allowed me to pay my expenses without taking out loans which is great! The scholarship allows me to focus more on my studies and provides me with funds to purchase my school books. I hope to avoid taking out loans until I transfer to a four-year school and pursue a degree in science.” –Jurnee J.
- “I am very grateful for this scholarship! It helped me buy books and other essentials needed for my classes. I am planning on joining the men’s lacrosse program next fall. I am also planning on taking a botany course and study different plants and how they can be used as natural medicines. This scholarship keep me motivated to further my education by removing the stress of paying for college. Thank You!” –Kent L.
- “This scholarship has helped me a great deal. After I graduate from OCC I will transfer to SUNY ESF and pursue a degree in biology.” -Cosmo W.
- “I want to express my gratitude for receiving the Native American Education Foundation scholarship. The money helps me pay for my education here at OCC. I’m very grateful I was considered for this scholarship. I plan to continue to stay focused on my academics and take a Native American History class. Thank you! “ –Jamie G.