Press Release


Gordon, Nebraska | Apr 3, 2012

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Bank of the West Supports the American Indian College Fund

$10,000 scholarship fund promotes education and job training

Bank of the West was proud to acknowledge the recipients of scholarships from the 2011 Bank of the West Tribal Scholarship Program during the 31st Annual Conference of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in March. 

Members of the Oglala Lokota tribe: Martin Red Bear (right), a full-time humanities instructor at Oglala Lokota College, with his grandson.

Members of the Oglala Lokota tribe: Martin Red Bear (right), a full-time humanities instructor at Oglala Lokota College, with his grandson.

The bank provided a grant of $10,000 to the American Indian College Fund, which awarded $1,000 each to 10 tribal college students attending Oglala Lakota College, Sisseton Wahpeton College or Sinte Gleska University. The students participated in tribal activities as well as academic competitions and award programs. Approximately 900 people attended the conference that was hosted by the South Dakota Tribal Colleges.

According to the American Indian College Fund, high levels of poverty among American Indians often make college education unattainable. The poverty rate among American Indians is 47% on reservations (source: U.S. Census Bureau), the highest of any racial or ethnic group in America.

"Bank of the West recognizes that education and job training are critical elements that advance and build a skilled workforce, which in turn leads to vibrant, healthy communities," said Branch Manager Patty Faulk, from the Bank of the West branch in Gordon, NE. "We were proud to support these 10 deserving college students and wish them every success in attaining their future educational goals."

2011 Bank of the West Tribal College Scholarship recipient Melissa Martin with Branch Manager Patty Faulk from Gordon, NE.

2011 Bank of the West Tribal College Scholarship recipient Melissa Martin with Branch Manager Patty Faulk from Gordon, NE.

One of the scholarship recipients was Melissa Martin, a full-time working mother of seven children who has maintained a 3.56 - 4.0 GPA. In the current 2011 Scholarship Report, Martin wrote: "Thank you. Your generosity enabled me to graduate with an associate degree in Entrepreneurship in June 20, 2011. Now I am working toward my bachelor's degree in Business Administration."  Martin aspires to being a business owner in her community.

About the American Indian College Fund
With its credo "Educating the Mind and Spirit," the American Indian College Fund is the nation's largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students, providing an average of 6,000 scholarships annually for students seeking to better their lives and communities through education and provides support to the nation's 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.

About Bank of the West
Founded in 1874, $62.4 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a full range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the world's largest and best rated banks* with nearly 200,000 employees in 80 countries.
*Rated AA- by Standard & Poor's as of October 14, 2011.

Media Contact: Lily Ruiz
Bank of the West Corporate Communications
Office: (415) 765-4850
lily.ruiz@bankofthewest.com

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