April 27, 2022 — REDW Advisors & CPAs is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 recipients of the REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting are Isabel Yasana Hawley (The Klamath Tribes) and Andrew Malaterre (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota). REDW is committed to increasing the number of Native American students pursuing accounting and finance degrees and supporting their efforts to learn skills that directly benefit tribes. The firm strongly supports educational and employment opportunities for Native youth. REDW’s outreach program includes efforts to recruit and retain Native American team members for a large and growing National Tribal Practice.
Hawley, awarded the REDW scholarship for the second year, completes her Master of Business Administration in American Indian Entrepreneurship from Gonzaga University this spring. Malaterre, a senior accounting student, begins his Master of Professional Accountancy program at the University of South Dakota this summer and plans to sit for the CPA exam when eligible.
“Representation and visibility are important. There is a lot of Native representation in other fields such as engineering and law, but not the representation we would like to see in finance and accounting,” said REDW Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader Wesley Ryan Benally, CPA (Navajo Nation).
“We’re determined to change that. The REDW scholarship is designed to help students fund their education, so they can focus on their studies and extracurricular activities.”
REDW’s culture thrives on mentoring clients and team members and shares this energy with the scholarship program. The recipients meet with the firm’s National Tribal Practice team and engage with Native American leaders in a mentoring and networking session. Hawley embodies this philosophy: “I hope to encourage young people from Native communities to pursue a degree in business and feel empowered to share their voice.” Malaterre plans to volunteer to support students through a program with Indian University of North America (IUNA) at Crazy Horse Memorial after completing his education.
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is a national nonprofit organization providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native college students throughout the United States and has administered the REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting for the many years the firm has offered it. “Partners like REDW help increase our impact across Indian Country and empower more Native scholars to achieve their educational goals,” said Angelique Albert, MBA, (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes) and CEO of the American Indian Graduate Center.
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