REDW LLC, one of the Southwestâ€™s 10 largest public accounting and business consulting firms, announced today it has made a financial commitment of $23,000 to the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a national organization providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native college students throughout the United States.
The scholarship, which was also offered in 2014, is designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate level Native American students pursue a degree in the field of accounting and finance. Named the REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting and administered by the AIGC, the scholarship will be funded through an annual commitment of $5,750 for the next four years.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to once again partner with AIGC to help advance the educational ambitions of new generations of Native Americans seeking higher education,â€ said Corrine Wilson, REDW Principal and National Tribal Services Leader, and also a member of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada. â€œEstablishing this scholarship is important to REDW, but has a special meaning to me personally. Through the work weâ€™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.â€
â€œWe are honored to have this partnership with REDW,â€ said Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center. â€œTheir 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.â€
REDWâ€™s support for Native American students is not limited to higher education. Since 2016, REDW has partnered with Junior Achievement of New Mexico and PGA TOUR professional golfer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Notah Begay III to offer a Financial Literacy Program for Native high-school youth at the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. REDW professionals volunteer as classroom instructors, helping to improve the financial skills and awareness of Native American students who may one day pursue college courses and degrees in business, accounting, or finance.
â€œFinancial literacy is at the heart of my partnership with REDW, which is why this scholarship pledge to AIGC is especially gratifying for me personally,â€ said Begay. â€œREDW 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.â€
Through the AIGC scholarship, REDW is able to achieve two key objectives: 1) encourage Native Americans who want to pursue a career in accounting and finance, and 2) build the pool of top talent from which to recruit for the firmâ€™s Internship program and National Tribal Services team.
REDW has long supported AIGC through financial donations and the personal volunteerism of its team members. Additional information on AIGC scholarship and eligibility requirements are available at: https://www.aigcs.org/scholarships-fellowships.
AIGC and AIGC Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States. AIGC awards over $15 million dollars in scholarships annually and has awarded more than $200 million in scholarships since inception. AIGC is proud to empower Native students from 500 tribes in all 50 states through educational funding and support services. AIGC funds undergraduate, graduate and professional students at any accredited college or university in the United States. AIGC is the center for Native Scholarships. More information at www.aigcs.org.