About the Indigenous Scholarship Fund
The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) aims to increase diversity in higher education administration through connecting and training current and future leaders from diverse backgrounds on how to engage in and with the fast-paced dynamics of the evolving higher education world. Although our alumni network is diverse, only 2% are represented by Native American/Alaskan Natives.
Native leaders in the Academy are key to Indigenizing the educational experience for tribal students as well as enriching the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners. Their presence as Fellows in the ELA cohort adds an essential dimension to the timely and impactful conversations and leadership experiences shared by each new cohort and the body of collective change agents these incredibly diverse professionals continue to represent.
Knowing how diversity strengthens and benefits us all, it is imperative that we do our part to ensure that all voices and perspectives are included and heard. The ELA is committed to an inclusive class of Fellows and are excited that more Native professionals can join us. Therefore, the Indigenous Scholarship Fund was established to directly increase Native American and Alaskan Native participation in the ELA program.
Cover 100% cost of tuition for at least one Native American or Alaskan Native participant to attend the 2023 ELA Program.
Hear from the 2022 Indigenous Scholarship Recipients:
“The Executive Leadership Academy provides the tools to stay relevant as a leader in a continuously changing environment. The program is well-structured, the content is state-of-the-art, and it provides the tools I needed to become a leader in higher education. The best part is that this program provides an experience to be among fellows who are already emerging executives. If you are interested in discovering your purpose as an authentic leader and making an impactful and meaningful contribution within your organization and to society, then this is the program for you.”
- Kelly Chiquito
University Registrar, Navajo Technical University
“There are very few Native peoples serving in President, Chancellor, and Provost level positions at predominately white institutions. Participating in the Executive Leadership Academy allowed me to connect with thoughtful leaders who want to transform higher education institutions for an ever-evolving diverse society, as well as open up possibilities for a Diné woman like me to potentially take up the call to increase Native representation in leadership positions.”
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
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