American Indian Graduate Center and UNITY partner to honor the legacy of Golda Cook

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (June 3, 2019) – UNITY (the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.), an organization started to serve the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth. UNITY and the American Indian Graduate Center have partnered to offer the Golda Cook scholarship program to UNITY members who are enrolling or currently enrolled in college.

The scholarship fund was established to recognize the work, contribution, and support that UNITYreceived from Golda Cook in the early years of the organization. Golda Cook is the mother of UNITY’s founder, J.R. Cook. In the early formation of UNITY, Golda provided workspace and financial support to help establish a strong foundation that has endured the last 40 years.

“We are extremely honored to partner with UNITY to honor the legacy of Golda Cook. UNITY’s mission and passion for Native youth align with AIGC’s mission of supporting Native students through college and beyond. The work that UNITY does foster growth solidifies a path for students to pursue higher education ” said Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center.

UNITY’s mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement. “When two organizations care about bettering the lives of Native youth through higher education, it makes sense to partner. We support the efforts of AIGC and look forward to a meaningful relationship and providing more opportunities for Native students,” says Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of UNITY.

The UNITY Scholarship will support one female and one male member who will be attending a college or university in the Fall of 2019. The two selected scholars will receive $1,000 each for the academic year. Scholars will be presented at the National UNITY Conference in Orlando, Fl.

“Partnerships like these are critical to creating pathways for our youth to achieve their higher education goals without financial barriers. Utilizing our organizational resources to maximize the impact to Native communities is what our work is all about” said Albert.

To sustain and grow the Golda Cook scholarships, UNITY and AIGC are establishing a fundraising effort to provide continued funding for higher education scholarships to UNITY members. Please join this fundraising effort by visiting the donation website at https://www.aigcs.org/unity-scholarship-fund/.

UNITY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports a network of 275 youth councils that operates in 34 states, hosts a conference for approximately 2,000 youth and supporters each year, and offers several ongoing leadership and personal development opportunities for its affiliated AIGC/ AIGC Scholars has awarded more than $218 million in scholarships since 1969. We are proud to empower tribal students from over 500 tribes in 50 states through educational funding and support services. 3701 San Mateo Blvd NE #200 Albuquerque, NM 87110 Phone: 505-881-4584 Toll-Free: 800-628-1920 Email: web@aigcs.org https://www.aigcs.org/

youth. UNITY, which stands for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. and founded in 1976, is a well-respected youth-serving organization within the nation’s Native communities and youth-serving agencies and organizations.

AIGC and AIGC Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States. We award over $15 million dollars in scholarships annually and have awarded more than $218 million in scholarships since inception. We are proud to empower Native students from over 500 tribes in all 50 states through educational funding and support services. We fund undergraduate, graduate and professional students at any accredited college or university in the United States. AIGC is the center for Native Scholarships.

 

Donate to the Golda Cook Scholarship HERE