The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has announced that The Walt Disney Company has committed $250,000 to create The Walt Disney Company American Indian College Fund Scholarship Program.

The program will provide Native American and Alaska Native students who have financial need with multi-year support to attend tribal colleges and universities nationwide.

The donation, announced at the American Indian College Fund’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles – which featured a performance by Jeff Bridges and the Abiders – will also support the “25 in 25” capital campaign to expand the College Fund’s student initiatives, including professional development, networking opportunities, internship programming and a new scholar and alumni program.

“The College Fund is so honored to be the first American Indian organization to team with The Walt Disney Company on the implementation of a scholarship program for Native American students,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Collaborations like this help dreams come true and allow our students to experience a little of the magic that is Disney.”

“When we looked at the American Indian College Fund we saw not only an organization doing important work, but one that benefits all tribes and educates future leaders and storytellers,” said Paul Richardson, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Their mission aligns with our commitment to the inclusion, celebration, and growth of people from all different backgrounds and cultures.”

Students can begin the application process online at www.collegefund.org.

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