A Message From our Chief Executive Officer
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
X̣est Sx̣lx̣alt (Good Day)!
A warm welcome to Native Forward Scholars Fund’s website:
In the last 50 years, Native Forward Scholars Fund has empowered over 20,000 Native scholars in their pursuit of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. We have awarded more than $400 million in scholarships since our inception. On our website, you will find more than 40 scholarship opportunities, not to mention countless programs and resources specifically designed to address the needs of Native students in post-secondary education.
As Chief Executive Officer of Native Forward Scholars Fund, I am committed to our mission and vision of funding and empowering Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native student. With 25 years of experience in executive management of nonprofits, philanthropy, business, Tribal gaming, and education, I have dedicated my entire professional career to positively impact Tribal communities; Leading Native Forward allows me the opportunity to continue that work.
At Native Forward Scholars Fund, we are proud to have supported students from over 500 Tribes in all 50 states. In fact, our scholars and alumni are the inspiration and motivation for the work that we do every day. Their accomplishments are an indicator of our success as an organization, and I could not be prouder of all they have achieved. They are our legacy.
Native Forward is looking to continue that legacy today, tomorrow, and for the next 50 years. I hope you’ll join us on the journey.
Lemlmtš (Thank You),
Chief Executive Officer