American Indian Graduate Center Scholars honored at national Native conference

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Two scholars received REDW scholarships at Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas

Albuquerque, New Mexico – November 26, 2019 – Jessica Coriz (Pueblo of Ildefonso) and Jasmine Jishie (Navajo) were recognized as recipients of the 2019-2020 REDW Native American Scholars award in accounting and honored at the REDW 10th Annual Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

“Without AIGC I wouldn’t be able to pursue my education,” Jishie said.

“We need more Native American accounting and finance professionals and I am glad that REDW partnered with AIGC and believed in Native accounting, finance and business students like myself with their contribution. I will be forever thankful that REDW is 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.”

Jishie 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 and obtained an Associate of Arts from the University of New Mexico in Business Administration.

Coriz is studying her MBA in Business Administration. She received an American Indian Graduate Center Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship for her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from New Mexico Highlands University. She also earned an Associate in Business Administration from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Both scholars currently study at New Mexico Highlands University and are expected to graduate in May 2021.

“We are incredibly proud of Jasmine and Jessica. 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 and watching them flourish in their educational journey is an indicator of our success as an organization,” said Angelique Albert, Executive Director of American Indian Graduate Center.

REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center 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.

“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 Services 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 happy to welcome them at our firm’s annual Tribal Leadership and Finance Conference in Las Vegas on November 14 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.”

American Indian Graduate Center administers the REDW Scholarship. American Indian Graduate Center administers over 20 scholarship opportunities, in addition to offering support services that are designed specifically to address the needs of Native students in post-secondary education.