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Scholarship America honors Osage Nation at second annual awards banquet

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Scholarship America, the Osage Nation’s higher education scholarship vendor, honored the Nation for its efforts in providing scholarships to its tribal members on May 25.

According to a prepared release, the event honored the Osage Nation, The Travelers Companies, Inc., and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for their efforts in helping students achieve their education dreams. The event was held at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Hattie Kauffman, author and former correspondent for CBS and ABC News, emceed the event.

“Scholarship America applauds the Osage Nation, The Travelers Companies, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in creating a stronger future for students, their families and our nation,” said Robert C. Ballard, Scholarship America’s president and CEO, in the release. “Their deep commitment demonstrates the impact that individuals and organizations can have on turning students’ dreams into degrees. We are honored to recognize their dedication to postsecondary access and success.”

According to a release, Scholarship America is the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and education support organization, having distributed over $3.1 billion to more than two million students.

“The event was a celebration of students who have been awarded funds and have earned degrees. Our scholarships were recognized as among the best and most generous in the United States. It was so moving to hear the stories of our representative students and others who through hard work and perseverance have achieved their goals,” said Osage Congresswoman Shannon Edwards. “Part of our delegation sat with our emcee- Hattie Kaufmann (Nez Perce) and the 90-plus year old dentist who started it all with Dollars for Scholars. The evening raised over $500,000 for Scholarship America to award to deserving individual students!”

The ON Congress sponsored dinner tickets for all ON Higher Education Scholarship students who wanted to attend the awards dinner.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Scholarship America manages more than 1,300 programs, including all communications, document processing, applicant evaluation and payments for the Nation’s roughly 1,200 scholarship recipients. The Nation has been using Scholarship America since October of 2014.


Original Publish Date: 2016-07-20 00:00:00

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