REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s 10 largest public accounting and business consulting firms, announced it has made a financial commitment of $20,000 in scholarships to encourage undergraduate and graduate level Native American students pursue a degree in the field of accounting and finance. The newly established scholarship has been named The REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting and will be administered by 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 will be funded through an annual commitment of $5000 for the next four years.
“REDW and its individual employees have been vital supporters of AIGC for years, and we’re very grateful that the firm continually steps up to help Native American students and their communities as they have through this scholarship donation,” said Sam Deloria, AIGC Director. “Since AIGC’s founding in 1969, we have awarded more than 16,000 scholarships in all fields of study, and we’re excited that thanks to REDW we’re now able to offer a scholarship to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students who wish to help their communities through a career in accounting and finance.”
“Creating this scholarship through AIGC is important to REDW but has a special meaning to me personally,” said Corrine Wilson, an audit & consulting Principal in REDW’s Phoenix office and a member of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada. “Our professionals regularly visit and work with tribal governments and their enterprises and understand first-hand how a scholarship given to someone wanting a career in accounting and finance can benefit not only the individual student, but the entire tribal community.”
Through the AIGC scholarship, REDW is able to achieve three objectives: 1) encourage Native Americans to pursue a career in accounting and finance, 2) increase the pool of top talent from which to hire for the Firm’s tribal practice team, and 3) identify Native American students interested in participating in the Firm’s Internship Program.
REDW has long supported AIGC through donations and the personal volunteerism of its employees. Additional information on AIGC scholarships can be viewed at: http://www.aigcs.org/highlights/aigc-scholarship-opportunities/