REDW Honors 2019 Native American Accounting Scholars at Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference
Albuquerque, NM – November 27, 2019 – REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s 10 largest public accounting and business consulting firms, recognized and honored two new REDW Native American Scholars in Accounting at the REDW 10th annual Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas on November 14.
Jessica Coriz (Pueblo of Ildefonso) and Jasmine Jishie (Navajo) are both pursuing graduate degrees in Business at New Mexico Highlands University and will complete their studies in 2021.
REDW partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) earlier this year to implement a scholarship program investing in higher education for Native students in the field of accounting. The firm has operated for more than 60 years in New Mexico and Arizona, specializing in providing services to Native American Tribes and tribal enterprises.
According to Jasmine Jishie, “We need more Native American accounting and finance professionals. I will be forever thankful that REDW was able to invest in my education so I can make a difference in my community. I plan to use my degree to become an auditor so I can better my Nation.” Jasmine is working toward her MBA in Accounting. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus in Tribal Management and Economic Development from Diné College.
Jessica Coriz is working toward an MBA in Business Administration. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from New Mexico Highlands University, and earned an Associate in Business Administration from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.
“We’re proud and honored to congratulate Jasmine and Jessica as the 2019 REDW Scholarship recipients,” said Corrine Wilson (Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada), REDW Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader. “Through their hard work and determination, these young women have proven why they are so deserving of this recognition and financial support. We were very happy to welcome them at our firm’s Tribal Leadership and Finance Conference this year in Las Vegas, so they could interact with Indian Country financial and governance leaders.
“Establishing this scholarship is important to REDW, and it 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 first-hand 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.”
“We are incredibly proud of Jasmine and Jessica,” said Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center. “Our scholars have the opportunity to attain higher education, better their lives, and give back to their tribal communities. They are the inspiration and motivation for the work that we do.”
REDW has long supported AIGC through financial donations and the personal volunteerism of its team members. Additional information on AIGC scholarship and eligibility requirements is available at https://www.aigcs.org/scholarships-fellowships.