REDW announces $23K scholarship for Native American accounting students

Southwest CPA firm REDW announced on Monday that it has made a $23,000 financial commitment to the American Indian Graduate Center, which provides educational assistance and resources to American Indian and Alaska Native college students throughout the United States.

The REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting, which was previously offered in 2014, will promote accounting and finance degrees to undergraduate and graduate Native American students. Overseen by the AIGC, the scholarship will be funded via an annual commitment of $5,750 over the next four years.

“We’re thrilled to once again partner with AIGC to help advance the educational ambitions of new generations of Native Americans seeking higher education,” stated Corrine Wilson, REDW principal, national tribal services leader, and member of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada. “Establishing this scholarship is important to REDW, but has a special meaning to me personally. Through the work we’ve done with tribal governments and their enterprises for more than three decades, we understand firsthand how a scholarship given to someone wanting a career in accounting and finance can benefit not only the individual student, but can ultimately enrich the quality of life for a tribal community.”

The scholarship's goals are twofold: to encourage more Native American students to pursue degrees in accounting or finance, and to develop a REDW talent pool for the firm’s internship program and national tribal services team.

“We are honored to have this partnership with REDW,” said Angelique Albert, executive director of the American Indian Graduate Center, in a statement. “Their commitment to Indian country has long been noted and we look forward to this program supporting more American Indian and Alaska Native students in the accounting and finance fields.”

REDW previously collaborated with Junior Achievement of New Mexico and PGA Tour golfer Notah Begay III to offer a financial literacy program for Native high-school youth at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. REDW staff members volunteered as classroom instructors to help build financial literacy skills and awareness of accounting careers.

“Financial literacy is at the heart of my partnership with REDW, which is why this scholarship pledge to AIGC is especially gratifying for me personally,” stated Begay. “REDW is not only a leader in providing financial and business consulting solutions to tribes, but the firm also continues to demonstrate its total commitment to advancing the education and, ultimately, professional goals of Native Americans.”

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For more information on American Indian Graduate Center scholarships, head to the AIGC's site here.

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